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Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond

The Hechinger Report

In a nutshell: Right now schools use a variety of digital programs that collect data that could be of use to teachers, but programs made by different companies don’t play well together – and some programs won’t even allow teachers to export data out of the system to use it themselves.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

Augmented data analysis, blended digital tools and connected networks will reign among technology innovations in the coming year, according to IT analyst group Gartner’s top 10 tech trends of 2019. . Artificial Intelligence Will Augment Data-Driven Initiatives.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy.

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Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

Nichole Dobo (The Hechinger Report): I think there's been a real push in schools to (to use a jargon term) personalize learning. But it's great to be able to do that because I've been covering online charters in various capacities going back almost six years and, from the beginning, kind of had the sense of, “We know that there's data out there that would show how often students are actually engaging in the schools and taking part in the learning.”

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? “I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” Via Gamasutra : “Parents take Subway Surfers devs to court over alleged misuse of kids’ data.” ” The New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.”

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. ” Via Edsurge : “Data is Good – But Not Enough – to Improve Education, Says Baltimore City Public Schools CEO.” ” There’s more data on debt in the data and research section below. My kids gonna learn today ?? The 3D modeling company has raised $2.8

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” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” SoFi is the ed-tech company that has raised the most venture capital. And more on who’s buying student loan companies in the “business of ed-tech” section below. The career guidance company has raised $8.2

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. ” Testing, Testing… Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “These days, everyone’s talking about ‘equity,’ and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. ” Via Edsurge : “ Adam Bellow Becomes CEO of Breakout EDU to Spread Gamified Learning.”

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. ” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.”

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According to excerpts of speeches published by Wikileaks – stolen data – Clinton called the Common Core a “political failure” in a speech she gave to Knewton. ” “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. The company has raised $420 million total.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. For its part, Udacity has fully rebranded itself as a high-tech job training company, a topic I’ll cover in more detail in a forthcoming article in this series. Udacity’s CMO Shernaz Daver left that company.

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” Via The Detroit Free Press : “ Betsy DeVos ’ trouble with data.” Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” “What countries can learn from PISA tests” – at least, according to The Economist. the largest for-profit operator of online schools in the country, are calling on the company to disclose how much it spends on lobbying and advertising ,” Education Week reports.

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Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” “The Education Department is unlikely to be eliminated, particularly by a bill that declines to specify who or what would take over its $68 billion annual budget and the functions of data collection, oversight, civil rights enforcement and student aid, among others.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.”

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” “With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs,” says The New York Times , in a story that explores a $170 million deal between Nike and the University of Michigan. “A clause in the contract could, in the future, allow Nike to harvest personal data from Michigan athletes through the use of wearable technology like heart-rate monitors, GPS trackers and other devices that log myriad biological activities.” Education Politics.

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