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

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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. education system.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

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They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits. That’s why district leaders are eager to pilot an ambitious, statewide broadband initiative.

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

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That would have brought everything—email, online testing, cloud-based records systems and student research—to a halt. The great irony is that the multimillion-dollar cable was planted in the Arctic by an Anchorage-based telecommunications company thanks, in large part, to global warming.

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Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. ” São Paulo has approved a bill that would allow companies to manufacture school uniforms and sell branding and sponsorship opportunities on the clothing. Via Wired : “ Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband.” McRaven is stepping down as chancellor of the University of Texas System.

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

Doug Levin

Education Department is asking schools and districts to take measures to protect data and reinforce IT systems, and if any schools were victimized, to contact the agency’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center for help. 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? Summer.

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Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

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In truth, the term AI has (arguably) gained more notoriety for storylines of killer robots (and the occasional Wall-e) hell-bent on destroying mankind than for its practical use and business benefits. The other 80 percent is held inside companies, generally not being used.”

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Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A Pennsylvania judge has banned fraternity Pi Delta Psi from the state for a decade, a punishment for a hazing death in 2013, and an unprecedented step likely to rock the national Greek system.” awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center.

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Paul School System.” Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. “ University of California president Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday that she wants the system to explore ways to guarantee admission to academically eligible students in the state’s community colleges ,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors voted 24 to 3, with one abstention, Friday to bar litigation by the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights. SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. Via Phil Hill : “Some Ed Tech Perspective on UC ’s Billion-Dollar Payroll System Fiasco.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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. Via abc.net.au : “ Queensland children as young as four will learn coding and robotics as a compulsory part of their education from next year.” ” The company has raised $12.5 President-Elect Trump.

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Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K–12 Fears.” ” The results are self-reported based on a survey administered by a private student loan company which offers loans to coding bootcamp enrollees, but I’m sure it’s all on the up-and-up. ” Via Ars Technica : “ Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Edsurge runs with Trump’s promise to boost rural broadband like it’s a truth anyone can count on. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The British government releases the results … of its new three-tiered rating system of teaching quality at universities.” Via Buzzfeed : “ Betsy DeVos Picked A Student Loan CEO To Run The Student Loan System.” ” (Among those education companies in Binary Capital’s investment portfolio : Educents.).

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Department of Education Announces Requirements for New Federal Loan Servicing System.” 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. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.”

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“Higher education and library associations called on the Federal Communications Commission Thursday to uphold Obama-era rules requiring broadband providers to treat all traffic on the internet equally,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Via The New York Times : “ Arizona Summit Law school, a troubled for-profit institution owned by the InfiLaw System, has been placed on probation by its accrediting body, the American Bar Association.” Education Politics.

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Via Wired : “ Ajit Pai ’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People.” ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. Wikispaces Classroom (and free wikis from the company, now owned by TES ) joins the ed-tech dead pool. The test prep company has raised ~$8 million total.

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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.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company “provides personalized educational feedback services for students,” and according to Crunchbase has raised $184 million total. The online education company has raised $12.5

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Alabama will issue manufacturing industry certifications across its two-year college system in an effort to create a better educational pipeline to jobs in manufacturing and transportation.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” Related via Buzzfeed : “133 Tech Companies Say Trump’s Immigration Order Is Unconstitutional.” ” Just two ed-tech companies signed the amicus brief: General Assembly and AltSchool. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The learn-to-code company with the derogatory name has previously raised $730,000.

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” Via Mother Jones : “How the Justice Department Is Trying to Dismantle Georgia ’s Segregated Special-Education System.” 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.

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” “Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people,” Ars Technica reports. monthly subsidies toward cellular phone service or mobile broadband. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A bill backed by President Trump and announced Wednesday aims to reduce overall legal immigration by half while putting in place a new points-based system for applicants for employment-based green cards that would privilege graduates of American universities.”

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I really like the part where she compares those who defend the current education system to “flat-earthers.” Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” Keeps Obama Plan to Streamline Loan System.” Worth noting: the website promotes private student loan companies SkillsFund and Climb to students looking for tuition assistance.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.