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Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

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Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it. The venture-backed startup based in Mountain View (near all those online giants like Google and Facebook) has partnered with more than 150 colleges and universities around the world (including the old and famous ones like Princeton and Yale). How’s that going? It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. Can high-school kids check the authenticity of an alarming image posted on Facebook?

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

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If I was still doing that now, I would be incredibly excited because so many wonderful resources would be available to my classroom. The UC Davis California History Social Science Project frames current events within their historical context , connecting students’ present to the past.

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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If you go to startup pitch events, you’ve seen it happen: An entrepreneur says something—something so naïve, egregious and hackneyed—that it makes the investors, along with educators who are now increasingly in the audience, physically cringe. As funders wince and squirm uncomfortably, some are thinking along the lines of: “How do I respond to this pitch genuinely without coming off like a jerk?”. The growing population of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S., Facebook is.

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(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This is the last Hack Education Weekly News of the year because next week I am publishing a very abbreviated review of 2018, and I won’t need to study in detail what happens each week anymore. It’s time to make some changes to Hack Education and more importantly to my life. It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

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Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” ” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.). Now the office wants to hire an outside contractor to help figure out why.” A mail bomb campaign targeted opponents of President Trump this week, but remember: the biggest threat to democracy and free speech are liberal students’ protests on elite college campuses.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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We’re breaking out our barbeque bibs, pulling out our reporter’s notebooks and heading down to Austin for SXSWedu. Here’s a sneak peek at our calendars for next week, including all the sessions and happenings that you (and we) don’t want to miss. to 11:00 p.m. Opinionated Products : There’s a word for the kinds of tools and products—like say, Google search results—which adapt to a user’s behavior: opinionated. But will VR and AR live up to its hype?

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” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Candice Jackson on Campus Sex Assault : ‘We’re Not Asking Schools to Step In as Courts of Law’ ” Via The New York Times : “ Melania Trump , in Michigan, Urges Middle Schoolers to ‘Choose Kindness ’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Rand Paul ’s New Target: Peer Review.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via Education Week : “ DeVos ’ Trip to South America Focuses on Workforce Prep.” A public service announcement from the FBI : “ Education Technologies : Data Collection and Unsecured Systems Could Pose Risks to Students.” Via The Verge : “ Juul has 60 days to prove it can keep its e-cigs away from kids, FDA warns.”

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“And how did she get to be head of our schools.” ” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. The restrictions, known as heightened cash monitoring, mean that for five years higher ed institutions in the state must disburse aid to students first and then ask the feds for reimbursement.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Politico : “ National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning delivered dozens of letters to President Donald Trump from her students on Wednesday afternoon, with one of the letters urging the president to ‘take care’ with his language about immigrant and refugee communities.” high school’s track turned out to be superintendent, cops say.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. And there’s more about how the Trump Administration is catering to for-profit higher ed in the for-profit higher ed section below. ” Via The Verge : “ New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC ’s repeal.” ” Montana also plans to enforce net neutrality. “ Want to code?

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” As I type this up, the Senate has not yet voted, but it does appear to have enough votes to pass the measure. Via Inside Higher Ed : “How the Tax Bills Would Hit Higher Ed.” Department of Education Announces Vision to Transform Federal Student Aid , Improve Customer Service.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Education Department Signals Possible Changes to Gainful-Employment Rule.” Tutoring company Upswing has raised $1.5

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” That bill: the move to re-authorize the Higher Education Act. Via Inside Higher Ed : “A graduation rate requirement for access to special funds for minority-serving institutions in a proposed House Republican rewrite of the Higher Education Act would exempt historically black colleges and universities.” “ Higher-Ed Lobbyists Are Told to Make Peace With Republicans,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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” School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country. For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes. The money is also used to provide preventive care, such as vision and hearing screenings, for other Medicaid-eligible children.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The LA Times : “ Betsy DeVos ’ visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prompts complaints from some students.” “Why DeVos’s Parkland Visit Failed,” according to The Atlantic. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. ” “ DACA Lives, but for How Long? Look to Japan.”

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ DeVos Falsely Suggests That Student Loans Were Federalized to Pay for Obamacare.” ” Via Education Week : “Trump Moves to Fill Key Civil Rights Post.” Politico runs the number on the steps Trump has taken to fill openings at the Department of Education.). Via The Washington Post : “ DeVos offers buyouts to shrink Education Department workforce.” From tech companies, I guess?

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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I’d hardly know where to begin in writing one, but I want to open this particular article – one that focuses, in part, on the whole “everyone should learn to code” craze – recognizing his great contribution to educational computing as well as his loss. It’s all of our loss, really, as too many in education technology happily reduce the potential of computer programming as an epistemological endeavor to a market for new products.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The New York Times : “ California Passes Sweeping Law to Protect Online Privacy.” “ Google , Facebook , Verizon , Comcast and AT&T each contributed $200,000 to a committee opposing the proposed ballot measure, and lobbyists had estimated that businesses would spend $100 million to campaign against it before the November election.”

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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In April, the Department of Homeland Security arrested 21 people, charging them with conspiracy to commit visa fraud. These individuals were alleged to have helped some one thousand foreign nationals maintain their student visas through a “pay to stay” college in New Jersey. It was an elaborate scam, dating back to 2012, but one that gave out many online signals that the school was “real.” Indeed, here we start to see Carey’s problem.

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From the Department of Education’s Press Office : “Fact Sheet: Education Department Releases Proposed Regulations to Encourage Better and Fairer Tests , Reduce Burden of Testing.” ” The charges include receiving money from the ed-tech company Edgenuity. Via Eweek : “ Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren’t Private, Court Rules.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). A trend , perhaps, to watch.).

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Via ProPublica : “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White.” Senate would open up Pell Grants to low-income students who earn college credits while still enrolled in high school,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Washington Post : Governor Scott “Walker wants Wisconsin to be first state to stop dictating how much time kids should go to school.” Education Politics.

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More details on the proposal, which would extend to families earning $125,000 or less, from Inside Higher Ed. Some have scoffed at the proposal, including Matthew Chingos who says it won’t really benefit low-income students, to which Sara Goldrick-Rab responds, “ Of course, low-income students win with free tuition.” In addition to all the campaign donations, do note all the yacht clubs and country clubs she’s a member of. Education Politics.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Via ThinkProgress : “ Bolsonaro ‘s party launches campaign against ’ indoctrinator teachers ’ ” That’s all you lovers of Paolo Freire , to be sure. Only one reason to do that: ED's going to reopen and expand the experiment.

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Ivanka Trump with an op-ed in The New York Post : “Why we need to start teaching tech in Kindergarten.” Journalist: “Care to comment on Ivanka Trump’s announcement she’s making ed-tech a focus of her time in the WH?” The Huffington Post filed Twitter’s response to Ivanka Trump ’s announcement under “comedy.” Related, via Salon : “ Silicon Valley ’s $300M donation to STEM educatio n is not what it seems.”

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The changes are due to the replacement of one education acronym (NCLB) with another ( ESSA ). “Dean Dad” Matt Reed responds to Senator Alexander’s proposal to limit student loans. ” “ The Left’s drive to push conservatives out of education reform ” by The Fordham Institute’s Robert Pondiscio. And a response from Marilyn Anderson Rhames: “ An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Soon to be The Atlantic’s Adam Harris. ” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. Government Will Travel to Latin America.” ” To Peru and Colombia , specifically. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.”

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If you’re going to decry “ fake news ,” then you best not be sharing it. If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. Or did you just want a story to confirm your gut feelings that she should hit the road? Anyway, as Matt Barnum writes , “ No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories.”

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To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. ” “More than 150 House and Senate Democrats sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter Monday that objected to her department’s recently announced shift in how it chooses the contractors that service federal student loans ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via Buzzfeed : “How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up The Charter School Coalition.”

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closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Trump Move on Job Training Brings ‘ Skills Gap ’ Debate to the Fore.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.” Tech CEOs visited the White House to talk about “modernizing” a.k.a.

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“ President Trump Earmarks $200 Million in Federal Grants for STEM , Computer Science Programs ,” says Edsurge , later swooning that “ Google , Facebook , Amazon Among Tech Titans Committing $300 Million to K–12 Computer Science.” ” “Amazon, Facebook and others in tech will commit $300 million to the White House's new computer science push,” says Recode. ” (Worth clicking on this link just to see the image.).

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One of the most important stories this past week was the Trump Administration’s announcement that it planned to end the DACA program, putting the immigration status and safety of some 800,000 people into question. Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.”

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