From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

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In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives. Echoing wider soul searching over technology’s polarizing role in politics and society, the education technology scene has been doing its own reckoning. Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash. education technology companies raised $1.45 educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to support educators and learners across preK-12 and postsecondary education. Once upon a time, she notes, “MOOCs were supposed to displace higher education. Now many MOOCs are embedded within these institutions.

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The future includes good (human) teachers

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The higher-order thinking that researchers predict will survive impending technological advancement is precisely the one in teachers’ toolkits. And in an age in which medicines can be personalized to one’s genetic code, technology can help teachers meet the unique needs of every child.

Education's Online Futures

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And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables. Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).

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What about the digital divide in education?

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Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. Things are already starting to move this way with the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs). What is the future of technology in education?

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs. “Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. “A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs ” – an op-ed by Class Central ’s Dhawal Shah in Edsurge. (National) Education Politics.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Motherboard : “The FCC ’s New Broadband Map Paints an Irresponsibly Inaccurate Picture of American Broadband.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOC news is now much more often “job training” news, so there’s more on MOOCs in that section below.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Vive la MOOC révolution. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. ” “Orphan MOOCs and the Digital Dark Ages” by Jeffrey Pomerantz in Hybrid Pedagogy. ” Perhaps protest Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab ?

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Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” 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. MOOCs are out. (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality.

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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. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.” ” More on an online class, offered by Russian hackers, on credit card fraud in the MOOC section above.

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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.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? ” Via Campus Technology : “2.1 (National) Education Politics.

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Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Inside Higher Ed on online education at Simmons College. More on MOOC and online education research in the research section below. VR “comes of age,” says Campus Technology. ” Via Campus Technology : “New Education Think Tank Debuts, Offering Online News and Research.” Education Politics.

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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.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “Humans, the Latest MOOC Feature.”

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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. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Online education platform Coursera has set a goal of offering 15 to 20 degree programs by the end of 2019. Education Politics.

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Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “New Law Nixing Broadband Privacy Protections Stirs K–12 Fears.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Coursera blog : “ Coursera now offers free trials for most Specializations.” ” Via Ars Technica : “ Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students.” Culatta was the former head of the Office of Education Technology under President Obama.

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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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From the FCC : “Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners.”

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.”

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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. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” From GeekWire : “For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace.” ” Via The Washington Post : “Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change.”

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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.” “As lawsuits mount over access to learning technologies for people with disabilities , universities consider banding together to share accessibility reviews of vendor products,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics.

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” “ Education Technology Under Trump : A Syllabus.” ” “How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools?” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” And from MIT Technology Review : “Is the Gig Economy Rigged?”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ IBM picks Blackboard and Pearson to bring the technology behind the Watson computer to colleges and universities.”

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. ” Via Edsurge : “Education Technology Tools for Adult Learners Get Mixed Results From SRI Study.” (National) Education Politics.

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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.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Slate : “ The New Diploma Mills.” A report from VC firm GSV Acceleration : “It’s a Breakout: Capital Flows In the Learning and Talent Technology Market.” The Trump Budget.

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” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.”

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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. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ California Should Watch Arkansas Process for Creating New Online Institution,” says Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill. ” Inside Higher Ed on Robot-Proof : “Northeastern president discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.” ” Via Campus Technology : “Survey of Tech in Education Finds Mixed Results.”

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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. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Post and Courier : “ South Carolina ’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns.” The list of which education technology companies have raised the most money is more so.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Eleanor Roosevelt The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. link] Digital Wish : Two new videos - The Importance of Technology in American Schools and The Need for a Shift to Mobile.

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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.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Stackable Credentials May Not Boost Earnings,” says Campus Technology. Is advertorial content really something education technology journalism should foster?

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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. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Presidential Campaign Politics.