AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

Kids from black and Latino communities — who are often already on the wrong side of the digital divide — will face greater inequalities if we go too far toward digitizing education without considering how to check the inherent biases of the (mostly white) developers who create AI systems.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

New tools that enable hands-on learning — 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computers, e-textiles, “smart” materials and new programming languages — are giving individuals the power to invent. ( Originally published at [link].

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

New tools that enable hands-on learning — 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computers, e-textiles, “smart” materials and new programming languages — are giving individuals the power to invent. ( Originally published at [link]. https://www.thinglink.com/scene/575147870160683008.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

Successful classroom technology should challenge and support every type of learner without widening the digital divide that’s often found in low-income and rural districts.

‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism

Edsurge

Big data, open spaces, employability, utilizing maker movements, balancing innovation and accountability, privacy, collaboration, closing the digital divide, personalized learning, and navigating the hostile political climate were just a few of the concerns the audience members brought up. Foreshadowing a future full of big data, he called for educators to change their current practices if they want their students to be prepared for a world filled with AI robots.

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? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “Two sports apparel company executives and an aspiring sports agent were found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud charges in connection with the most significant sports scandal in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association history – a scheme to pay off the families of men’s basketball recruits and secure their commitment to teams at Adidas-sponsored universities.” Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Short-term-jobs-for-students company Student Pop has raised $3.4 It’s not clear from its self-reporting if it’s also raised money from the Chinese company TAL Education which it describes as a new partner “central to the deal.”)

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Via Mic : “On Thursday, Pearson , an education publishing company, apologized for publishing a nursing textbook section that contained racist material about treating patients from different cultural backgrounds who have acute and chronic pain.”

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Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” Education Technology and Digital Polarization.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” More on the Afghan robotics team in the contest section below. Also via Edsurge : “How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur.” “Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson. for Robotics Contest.” Via The New York Times : “To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. No mention that these are backed by big companies and venture capitalists. ” Via Fast Company : “Want to Fight Inequality?