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

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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]. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Department of Education this week released new federal loan data showing that 4.6 ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Via Edsurge : “Why the FCC ’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl.” Via NPR : Illinois “Lawmakers Looking At How Public Schools Handle Private Data.” “The Saga of Ohio ’s Embattled E-School Is Coming to an End,” writes Education Week’s Ben Herold. Via The Atlantic : “ School-Security Companies Are Thriving in the Era of Mass Shootings.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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’s use of earnings data investigated.” Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” There’s data about distance education enrollments in the US in the research section below. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “A TurboTax for student loan applications” according to Techcrunch, the company has raised $15.5 (National) Education Politics.

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Via The Washington Post : “ Student loan companies reach $21.6 ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Imagine how great universities could be without all those human teachers ,” says Quartz , lauding the fantasy that robots will replace teachers. ” Via Campus Technology : “BYU Researchers Aim to Stop Robots from Eating Tables with Wikipedia.” The literacy software company has raised $14.8 (National) Education Politics.

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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. ” I tweeted that the DACA database is one of the most important issues in ed-tech right now, and if you’re an ed-tech entrepreneur who says “nobody in ed-tech tracks immigration data,” you need to GTFO. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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.” ” A master of science in data journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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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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. Changes too at another textbook company as Doug Levin, the CEO of McGraw Hill Education announced he’s stepping down. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company has raised $8 million total.

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As if applying for financial aid wasn’t difficult enough already, it appears that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which pulls tax information into the FAFSA app, “ will be unavailable for several weeks.” Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’ ” “The History of the Future of E-rate ” by me. ” New Nanodegrees from Udacity : Digital Marketing and Robotics.

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Via Masslive.com : “ Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursday to help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes.” ” The company in question: edX. Linda Zecher declined to explain to the newspaper why she was leaving the company. Via a Medium post by the company co-founder : “ Kahoot! Data, Privacy, and Surveillance.

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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.” The company has raised $7.45

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