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

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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.

Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For?

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School leaders expect students and teachers to be using their licensed apps all the time, says Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. That’s an especially big problem for the education apps that are designed for “relatively intensive usage,” he adds, because only at that level can the apps be expected to lead to their promised learning outcomes. Education Technology Learning Research Research

3 lessons from data on how students are actually using educational apps and software at school

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is a for-profit company that sells data analysis to public schools. Despite these drawbacks, the company has an interesting repository of technology usage from roughly 400,000 students, kindergarten through high school, across 26 states. Apps are increasingly common in U.S.

?Updates, Upgrades and Overheard: What Was Unveiled at ISTE 2017

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It’s also a time when companies of all sizes and ages announce their latest updates and tools. After making a few rounds in the behemoth expo hall, we’ve rounded up the ones that made our ears perk up and what edtechies should look out for: Big news from the blue chips OGLING GOOGLE UPDATES: With over 70 million G Suite for Education users, Google’s education tools dominate U.S. the game-based learning platform, is going mobile.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. The company has raised some $77.5 Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system. ” But it’s a content company.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

The Weaponization of Education Data

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In education, there were breaches at colleges and universities, breaches at K–12 schools, breaches at the Department of Education, breaches at education technology companies, and breaches with software schools commonly use.

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The Stories We've Been Told (in 2017) about Education Technology

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I’ve called this “the Top Ed-Tech Trends,” but this has never been an SEO-optimized list of products that the ed-tech industry wants schools or parents or companies to buy (or that it claims schools and parents and companies are buying). This series is meant to serve in-depth exploration of the events of the past year and an analysis of how these events shape the way in which we imagine and prepare for the future of teaching and learning. Learning to Code.

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

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But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." " Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Drop it like it's bot: Brands have cooled on chatbots | Digiday → Many companies have begun dropping their bots, saying that they don't do what they were supposed to: “I would call it overpromising."

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” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” Speaking of Google , Wired reports that “Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism.” ” Also via Wired : “Companies Are Cashing in on Reality TV for Tots.” The company has raised $4.8

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Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. “ Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive? “Lifelong learning” and multiple choice quizzes for two to five year olds. E-Literate claimed this week that “ Canvas Surpasses Blackboard Learn in US Market Share” – with some additional analysis about “What’s Important about the Blackboard Market Share News.”

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Whole-Class Learning is Here.

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Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. ” Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Presidential Campaign 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. Via The New York Times : “ Google , in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans ” – so enjoy that Google Certification, educators. ” That’d be Hugo Barra , a former Google exec. The company has raised $120.5

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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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” 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. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” “Can Venture Capital Put Personalized Learning Within Reach of All Students?”

Champion for Adult Students Says Colleges Must Change How They Teach

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She’s just made the jump from provost to a senior academic innovation fellow, tasked with looking to big new ideas in learning and experimental efforts in both teaching and student success. Cini: From my perspective the biggest challenge is really bringing together a combination of high-quality education to students the way they need it, where and when they need it, and to create the best learning experience. But we have to actually change the experience of learning.

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Ed-Tech and the Commercialization of School

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As part of the course, students are engaging in a “Great Ed-Tech Debate,” arguing one side or another of a variety of topics: that technology enhances learning, that technology is a force for equity, that social media is ruining childhood, and so on. Companies and venture capitalists alike see huge opportunities for what they insist will be a growing market: last year, McKinsey called education a $1.5 Google’s origins are at Stanford.

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The learn-to-code company Treehouse has launched “Techdegrees,” “a guided-learning experience designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country.” Speaking of loans, Google will ban ads for payday loans.

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” There’s more on legal battles involving student loan companies in the business of financial aid section below. From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students? The third: lifelong learning.

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“ Are Edtech Companies Doing Enough to Protect Student Privacy? Via GeekWire : “ Project Unicorn signs first companies to help schools handle the hairball of edtech data.” ” “More Growth for Handshake ” (a career services company that’s had some privacy issues in the past), says Inside Higher Ed. Via Techcrunch : “Thousands of academics spurn Nature ’s new paid-access Machine Learning journal.”

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The Histories of Personalized Learning

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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.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Last year, the founder of Facebook pledged to donate $45 billion to social causes, one of them personalized learning. What is personalized learning?

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And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” Accelerate Learning has raised $10 million from Owl Ventures.

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” They’re suing the company. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. “ The growth of online learning : How universities must adjust to the new norm” is sponsored content on Education Dive. Fascinating how affluent parents in the shadow of Google and Apple HQs respond to ed-tech, no?). Education Politics.

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