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To Bring Analytics to College Classrooms, New Effort Starts With ‘Data Laundry’

Edsurge

A consortium of 25 universities unveiled a new platform last month that will pull in information from systems across campus to bring richer analytics to college classrooms. But its leaders have found that getting all the data into a form that professors can actually use presents a messy challenge, requiring what one project leader is calling “ data laundry.” Handing Over Datasets The first hurdle has been convincing tech companies to share the data at all.

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Not Just Numbers: How Educators Are Using Data in the Classroom

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “data-driven instruction,” where you’re asked to constantly assess, analyze, and adjust how you teach students. But one word in that phrase often raises a host of questions: What counts as “data”? And what types of data can best offer insights into whether students are learning in your classroom? Today’s tools offer new forms of data, and figuring which ones are most appropriate to your needs can be daunting.

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HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Naturally, technology plays a central role in scaling quality education supply to meet this demand. Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm.

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There’s a reason why teachers don’t use the software provided by their districts

The Christensen Institute

The source of the headline is a recent report by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Learning Analytics. Baker analyzed data from BrightBytes, a K-12 data management company, on students’ technology usage across 48 districts. That data revealed that a median of 70% of districts’ software licenses never get used, and a median of 97.6%

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

Edsurge

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. The goal of the software giveaway is to jump-start “learning engineering,” the practice of applying findings from learning science to college classrooms.

Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

iterating toward openness

Of course, I could have stopped everything else in my life for a few months and learned most of what I needed to know to answer these questions myself. Is the primary goal to improve student learning, increase graduation rates, or save students money?

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Reinventing The School Desk: Tip Tap Tap And The Internet of Things

Fractus Learning

And as many of these technologies do not monitor student performance, learning difficulties are not tracked or identified early; preventing intervention with supplementary and personalised supports. Tip Tap Tap Interactive School desk and combined Learning Content Management System.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

From textbooks to tests and from research papers to group projects, public education is in the midst of a sea change in how it provides learning opportunities to its students, in the tools it offers, and in what it expects its educators and students to use. The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them.

K-12 Dealmaking: GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie; n2y, Thrivist Gain Funding

Marketplace K-12

In the latest dealmaking news, GreatSchools acquired a school data provider while ed-tech firms including n2y and Thrivist obtained funding. GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie: GreatSchools , an Oakland, California-based nonprofit education organization, has acquired school data provider Schoolie , according to a statement. GreatSchools said it plans to analyze the new Schoolie data to identify how many students gain exposure to high level courses vs. basic courses.

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

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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Can Notifications Encourage Struggling College Students to Succeed?

MindShift

It was also, perhaps unbeknownst to Lofton, part of the community college’s strategy to marry data science with interventions to improve student performance. Innovative predictive analytics are essential for businesses, especially tech companies.

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In the marketplace: Science achievement skyrockets, makerspaces expand, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

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Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

eSchool News

Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “ DeVry Parent Company Makes Pledges to Students.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.” The Australian company provides courses for schools that decide to outsource their educational services. From tech companies, I guess?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Meet The New California Counterculture: College Republicans ” by the incredible Scaachi Koul. Via Inside Higher Ed : “New Student Visa Data Show Overall Declines.” ” There’s more financial aid news in the privacy section below – because, you guessed it, data breach. Via Chalkbeat : “Meet the NYC principal in the spotlight for defending desegregation against angry parents.”

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The Histories of Personalized Learning

Hack Education

I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past. They do so in order to make a particular point about their vision for what learning should be like.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Department of Education has released data showing there were 539 institutions placed on heightened cash monitoring as of Dec. More about the politics of education data – particularly regarding undocumented students – in the data and surveillance section below. ” They’re suing the company. ” “ Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data ,” Campus Technology reports.

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