Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Increased STEM funding from private companies comes as Americans raise concerns over the attention science, technology, engineering and math classes get in the U.S.

HP Pledges to Invest in Tech to Enhance Education for 100 Million by 2025

EdTech Magazine

By Phil Goldstein Increasingly, tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, see improving internet access for the underserved as part of their corporate social responsibility. Access Points Classroom Digital Citizenship Digital Content Internet Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

In The News: On $300 Million Corporate Commitment to Trump Administration’s #CSforKids Initiative

Doug Levin

Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools. ConnectED also featured significant corporate partnerships from companies that included Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon.

In The News: On $300 Million Corporate Commitment to Trump Administration’s #CSforKids Initiative

Doug Levin

Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.” Levin was executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association during the rollout of ConnectED, the Obama administration’s initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet and educational technology to schools. ConnectED also featured significant corporate partnerships from companies that included Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon.

What happens when student hackers shut down a district’s internet?

eSchool News

When the hackers figured out that strategy, they started using IP addresses that appeared to be coming in from Microsoft or Google. “We McCune got someone from the company on the phone and was walked through the process of installing and configuring it. “At

Google’s Stadia holds promises in Serious Games, VR and Mixed Reality

Playware Studios

monthly was available to anybody with a broadband connection of over 10 MBPS. If you are a really geeky, like me, you may even know that Ubitus, the largest GPU cloud provider in Japan, partnered with Microsoft Azure very recently in the December 2018. The fact that it is open source means innovation and collaboration that draws on a pool of talent and know how that is far beyond any single company could muster.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers.

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Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

Edsurge

However, this lag began to erode when the rise of cloud computing made it possible for edtech startups to flood the market with educational applications, the expansion of broadband internet gave those apps an easy distribution channel into campuses, and an increasing number and variety of mobile devices provided them an in-school abode. This Chrome OS share, of course, has made Microsoft angry. One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centered.”

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: July 21, 2017 A complex web of factors influence children’s commercial media literacy | LSE Business Review → If they don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data? Tagged on: July 9, 2017 As the Digital Divide Grows, an Untapped Solution Languishes: Educational Broadband Service (EBS) | Wired → Most EBS license holders don’t actually use their free spectrum. Summer.

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?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain. Given the financial and user support challenges facing edtech companies, these economies should translate into benefits for both vendors and schools, and stimulate the edtech market as a whole.

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. Microsoft and Apple are two. Facebook is, although Mark Zuckerberg denies it , a media company. Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.” These companies almost all share the same investors too.

Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

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AI FOR ALL “We are at the cusp of a new revolution, one that will ultimately transform every organization, every industry, and every public service across the world,” commented Ralph Haupter, president, Microsoft Asia. “I The other 80 percent is held inside companies, generally not being used.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” The company has raised $420 million total.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

From Apple, Google and Microsoft battling to take over the classroom, to random acts in both K-12 and higher education compromising the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has been no short of edtech news. And there were a lot of questionable financial activities going on at the top, including the fact that the school's founder had started his own for-profit management company and gave it a no-bid $5 million contract. Increasingly, that means broadband.

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5 Trends to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the second of my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five companies to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 2011 Five technologies to watch in 2011 Five blogs to read in 201 Reverse Instruction is an innovative instructional strategy that was originally used by chemistry teachers Aaron Sams and Jon Bergman. Microsoft announced the deployment of Office Web Apps as a competitor to Google Apps.

Hack Education Weekly News

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It’s a partnership with Microsoft. ” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Greiff has previously been a partner at the 1776 venture fund and he was also a co-founder of the test prep company Grockit. Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned. His other two co-founders are gone from the company too, says Axios’ Dan Primack.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products. Microsoft is doing a desktop PC thing. ” Edsurge points to new guidelines for education companies participating in Y Combinator ’s startup accelerator program. Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.” The company “provides personalized educational feedback services for students,” and according to Crunchbase has raised $184 million total. The company, formerly known as PLATO Learning, is owned by Thomas Bravo.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies. “ Edsurge on the ethics of ed-tech companies paying teachers. Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company." “To get rural kids online, Microsoft wants to put Internet access on school buses ,” The Washington Post reports. The company has raised $3.3

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. ” Via the BBC : “ Accenture and Microsoft plan digital IDs for millions of refugees.” ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). ” (Among those education companies in Binary Capital’s investment portfolio : Educents.).

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Another tech company ready and willing to support Trump: IBM. If you know the history of this company , it’s a rather frightening gesture. Another resource, via Education Week : “K–12 Districts to Get Price Transparency on Broadband Rates With New Tool.” ” “ Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation ,” Techcrunch reports.

Content is a tyrant.

Learning with 'e's

The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. In 1996 Microsoft's Bill Gates claimed that 'content is king'.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. ” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Still in its early stages, this ambitious project relies on a little-known public resource – a slice of electromagnetic spectrum the federal government long ago set aside for schools – called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” Worth noting: the website promotes private student loan companies SkillsFund and Climb to students looking for tuition assistance.). Via Techcrunch : “ SoFi co-founder Dan Macklin is leaving the company.” “Tracking Google and Microsoft Adoption in Higher Ed” by Jim Siegl. The Trump Budget.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like

MindShift

An after-school club of middle school girls assembled and programmed these printers with grant-purchased kits from the Ohio-based education technology company INVENTORCloud. Computing devices and broadband Internet are abundant both inside and outside of school. SOUTH FAYETTE, PA.