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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. Work in rural, agricultural America has seen major disruption from innovative technology, globalization and a shift away from resources like coal and steel.

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

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Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

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The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

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This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Some call it “The Rise of the Machines” for the convergence of multiple technologies: artificial intelligence, big data, data science, robotics plus virtual and augmented reality.

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

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But the future of educational technology here is starting to emerge from a pixelated past. 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.

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

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But what if we took that to its logical conclusion and also made it the goal of our education technology predictions? We’d need to consider not just what technology products students are exposed to in the classroom, but also across the rest of their lives. Not quite enough time for our robot overlords to overtake us, but both distant and soon enough to make us wonder. First is the evolving nature of education technology.

The future includes good (human) teachers

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– China’s state-controlled news broadcasters have long been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda, and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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million into schoolwide technology upgrades. One in five Greeley residents lives below the poverty level, and the school district is trying to upgrade its technology to give students an economic boost. We literally dumpster-dive for technology.”.

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

Doug Levin

I have a bit more to say about some of these topics, so stay tuned… Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. 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?

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“Without Net Neutrality , How Would Internet Companies Treat K–12 Districts?” Eric Holcomb says Indiana ’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’ ” Via Motherboard : “Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance.” ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow , an online charter school company that has been battling Ohio for quite some time now.

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Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” ” I’ll be adding student loan company Quiklo to the ed-tech dead pool. Via Campus Technology : “Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements. (National) Education Politics.

Need To Know: AI and Machine Learning

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As emerging technologies go, artificial intelligence (AI) has certainly taken its time in making its presence felt on the world. Since then, AI has experienced a largely stop-start existence, principally due to sporadic funding and below-par technology.

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” Via Ars Technica : “Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “This Machine Learning-Powered Software Teaches Kids To Be Better Writers,” Fast Company claims. ” From the Udacity blog : “ Your Exclusive Guide To Pursuing A Robotics Career.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) ” (Waiting for folks in education technology to respond similarly… but I won’t hold my breath.). Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like

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Instead, each team member spent a few minutes sketching out how one part — a marble run, say, or a Lego Robotics kicking foot — would operate within the machine. They started incubating coding, robotics and other computational project classes in after-school programs and summer clubs.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). Via Motherboard : “The FCC ’s New Broadband Map Paints an Irresponsibly Inaccurate Picture of American Broadband.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Education Week : “ Trump Signs Orders on Rural Broadband Access.” awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. ” Perhaps protest Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab ? Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “In a Fight Against Depression , UCLA Relies on Technology.”

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” “ Education Technology Under Trump : A Syllabus.” ” “How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools?” ” 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. ” The company has raised $12.5

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SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. ” “ Delta Career Education Corporation , a privately held for-profit college company, is phasing out seven of its campuses,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” This “Toronto man” is Erwin Sniedzins, who runs an ed-tech company called Mount Knowledge. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The credentialing company has raised $7.1

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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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” 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. 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. “technologizing” the government. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.”

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But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. ” From GeekWire : “For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace.” 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.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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. The test prep company has raised ~$8 million total.

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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 Campus Technology : “ Southern New Hampshire U to launch Competency-Based Master’s in Online Ed.” the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools.

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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. The company took another step toward that goal Wednesday, announcing new degree offerings from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and France’s HEC Paris.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company has raised $56.4

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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 The New York Times : “DeVos Abandons Plan to Allow One Company to Service Federal Student Loans.” The Global Times reporting from China : “Schools adopt VR , among other technologies, to instill correct ideology in students.”

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Paul LePage has called for a review of his state’s groundbreaking 1-to–1 student computing initiative, highlighting the growing pains nagging an educational-technology movement now well into its second decade.” 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.

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“ The Office of Educational Technology Under DeVos” by Doug Levin. 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.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.