Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

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Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. The retrenchment delivers a setback to Knewton, for whom Pearson was the first—and most visible—partner. Through these partnerships, Knewton tags digital content with metadata and maps them onto a learning path.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

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Wayne Johnson, the head of the department’s financial aid division and a former executive at a student loan company , says that those “non-traditional” servicers could include companies like Visa , Amazon , or Goldman Sachs. ” Via Chalkbeat ’s Colorado outlet: “Fate of Douglas County’s high-profile voucher program to be weighed at special meeting.” ” Knewton has raised some $157 million in venture capital. (

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

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What’s different about the trend today is that educational technology companies are eagerly marketing software under the “personalized learning” label. It also invested in software like ST Math and the reading program Lexia, created by the Rosetta Stone company.

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Via NPR on Sunday : “ President Trump Set To Meet With Presidents Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities.” ” Via NPR on Tuesday : “ Trump, And Most Black College Presidents, Absent From Annual Meeting.” Via The Washington Post : “ Student loan companies reach $21.6 From the Knewton blog : “ Introducing Knewton Product Updates for Fall 2017.” The literacy software company has raised $14.8

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” ” Data can be shared with any company that Facebook deems necessary. This is part nine of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

The Politics of Education Technology

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“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

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Via Broadly : “ Betsy DeVos to Meet with Men’s Rights Groups , Reports Say.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “After Meeting With DeVos, Title IX Activists Say They Still Have Many Questions.” 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.

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Kinect Connects with Sesame Street SXSWedu Announces LAUNCHedu: An Ed-Tech Startup Pitch Event A New Ed-Tech Podcast Grockit & Knewton: Big Bucks for Adaptive Learning Platforms Startup Weekend EDU Returns to San Francisco HACK EDUCATION NEWS ROUNDUP And here, in full, is the Hack Education weekly roundup, also available directly at Hack Education. The company also said that it''s struck a deal with Georgetown University to make its services available to students and alumni.