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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

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But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." million Idaho Education Network settlement | Idaho EdNews → After eight years - and with state-issued checks totaling $3.4M - the state has closed the costly and convoluted case of the Idaho Education Network broadband project.

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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.” From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from deeplearning.ai on Coursera.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.”

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. More on Coursera and certification in the certification section below.). “The San Francisco-based software company will continue a four-year partnership with San Francisco Unified School District. Education Politics.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. 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). Coursera has a new CEO: Jeff Maggioncalda. (National) Education Politics.

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Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” ” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” ” According to this Techcrunch article , MOOCs like Udacity and Coursera weren’t working out for AirBnB so now it is “running its own internal university to teach data science.” How Google is ruining the Web.

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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. ” That for-profit is Laureate Education , the largest chain of for-profit schools in the world and an investor in Coursera.

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Daphne Koller left Coursera this year. The pressure to move towards digital assessments has fueled schools’ investments in hardware and software more than any other argument about the importance of ed-tech. “Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” Edutechnica wrote in June , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing “pseudo-LMSes.”