The 2019 EdSurde Annual Special: Edtech April Fool’s News That Should Stay Fake

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Chegg’s chalked up an excuse-generator to help you weasel out of doing homework, taking tests—just about anything. BACK TO THE FUTURE: Weary of unwanted scrutiny, companies that once described themselves as the “Facebook of education” are now scrambling to disassociate themselves from the beleaguered social network. Friendster for Learning. HAPPY MEALS, PERSONALIZED: McDonald’s just acquired an AI tech company to personalize the drive-thru experience.

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Top Trends Higher Education Textbook Publishers Must Follow

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Students have welcomed this change as they now have a multitude of choice in the digital learning space. This led higher education textbook publishers to shift towards digital publishing , albeit reluctantly as they learned that digital is the only way forward. With new technology constantly evolving with new and enhanced features to improve the student learning experience, textbook publishers needed to keep up with them.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” “ Learning Engineers Inch Toward the Spotlight,” Inside Higher Ed claims. ” A data breach at Chegg – more details in the data and surveillance section below. “Learning Designers will have to adapt or die.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Education Week : “Security Companies Sell School ‘Hardening’ as Mass-Shooting Solution.” ” Via MyNDNow.com : “ Iowa company donates AR–15s to be placed in Bismarck schools.” “Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff – at least 25 people – since August,” says Techcrunch , proving that “ unicorn ” is really a meaningless label for tech companies.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.). ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Lessons Learned From a $75 Million Failed Experiment.” ” Via the Google blog : “Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Wall Street Journal : “ California plans to sue one of the nation’s largest student loan companies.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Pearson today signaled an increased focus on artificial intelligence and personalized learning with the appointment of former Intel executive Milena Marinova.” Chegg has acquired the flashcard app StudyBlue for $20.8 This article on personalized learning has graphs so it must be true.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. And in Edsurge, Amber Oliver and Michael Horn write , “Without the Right Curriculum , Personalized Learning Is Just Another Fad.”

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