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

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, education news outlets buzzed with a frustrating, yet unsurprising, headline: Most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. 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. Accounting for the 70% of unused software licenses.

The History of the Pedometer (and the Problems with Learning Analytics)

Hack Education

These were my remarks as a guest speaker in Donna Murdoch's class “Online Teaching and Learning – Applying Adult Learning Principles” this evening. I was asked to speak about learning analytics, but like I said in my keynote last week at NMC , ed-tech is boring.

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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. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

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

The Hechinger Report

classrooms but a study finds that students aren’t using much of the pricey software that schools buy (Photo by Jackie Mader). is a for-profit company that sells data analysis to public schools. Most software is drastically underused by schools.

Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Few have formal training in teaching or learning. But even he realized that we can’t expect individual faculty to stay at the cutting edges of their discipline, teaching and learning practice, educational research, and the ever-changing technologies that can be used in the service of learning.

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

Marketplace K-12

Schoolie’s school quality data will be incorporated into GreatSchools’ website in the coming months, and “will help parents more efficiently compare and evaluate academic rigor and understand how well schools provide access to a well-rounded education,” the companies noted in the statement. Ed-Tech Firm n2y Receives Funds : n2y LLC , a developer of education curricula and teaching materials for K-12 students with special needs, has received an investment from The Riverside Company.

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 they hope to create a process that others can use, and to push edtech companies to more closely follow standards so that there’s less cleaning work needed. Handing Over Datasets The first hurdle has been convincing tech companies to share the data at all.

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Biometric Tech Can Track How Well Students Are Paying Attention

EdTech Magazine

For example, for its remote learning classes, the Paris School of Business is using software called Nestor to track students’ eye movement and facial expressions through their laptop webcams. Artificial intelligence software analyzes this data and alerts students when their interest starts to fade; it also creates custom quizzes based on students’ attentiveness. Her firm helps companies develop technology for young people that is compliant with safety and security concerns.

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

Edsurge

It’s also a time when companies of all sizes and ages announce their latest updates and tools. AS FOR AMAZON, still no word about Inspire , the company’s effort at creating an online education marketplace that made a splashy announcement last year.) Our bread and butter has always been middle school ELA,” a representative from the company explains. “We’ve So the company plans to release three new articles a week aimed specifically at elementary students.

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

The Hechinger Report

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?

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

In 2015 the University of Michigan established the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) as part of the Office Of Academic Innovation—a group charged with fostering a culture of innovation in learning in order to reimagine the 21st century public research university. We offer our colleagues at peer institutions and edtech companies nine considerations for cultivating innovation on campus and beyond. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers

Edsurge

Canvas , whiteboards and a company called Blackboard. hulking gathering of higher-ed technology staff, faculty and companies. The smorgasbord of hardware and software at the show floor caters to a wide range of university IT needs, from security and bandwidth to proctoring and instruction. No longer, he says, does it make sense for colleges to divorce technology from teaching and learning. Your descriptive analytics is the speedometer that shows how fast you are going.

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.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Edsurge

A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology.

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.

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

Edsurge

It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Small companies like Acrobatiq, OpenStax and Smart Sparrow—the platform behind HabWorlds—and edtech veterans including Pearson and McGraw-Hill are racing to to develop complete courses that faculty can implement immediately. Others said they appreciated the nudges from the software to study in small chunks.

K-12 Dealmaking: Investor Weld North, Learn Launch Make Big Moves

Marketplace K-12

The latest round of deals in the school marketplace underscores investors’ and ed-tech providers’ burgeoning interest in data analytics and instructional technologies. Frontline Acquires Teachscape: K-12 software provider Frontline Technologies has acquired Teachscape , a professional growth solutions provider for K-12 and higher education. Among other recent moves, a Chinese education company announced plans to invest in a prominent U.S.-based By Alexa J. Henry.

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.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

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.

K-12 Dealmaking: Barnes & Noble Ed. Acquires LoudCloud; Volley Labs Raises $2.3 Million

Marketplace K-12

In addition, investment company Weld North Holdings acquired Performance Matters , a student assessment and data-analytics company that it will merge with K-12 ed-tech business Truenorthlogic, which provides data on teachers’ performance and tracks their professional development. Dallas-based LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency-based courseware platform, a learning-analytics platform and services, an eReading product, and a learning management system.

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Can Notifications Encourage Struggling College Students to Succeed?

MindShift

Innovative predictive analytics are essential for businesses, especially tech companies. So why aren’t more of the best minds in higher education doing more to tap those data streams to improve teaching and learning? Our Ideas series is exploring innovation in education.

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The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

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?

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

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

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

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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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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The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education

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. Investing in hardware and software.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Billion Federal Block Grant Makes Ed-Tech Training Higher Priority Than Software, Devices.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” ” Also via Wired : “Companies Are Cashing in on Reality TV for Tots.” ” Via Techcrunch : “ Apple ’s learn-to-code app Swift Playgrounds adds AR lessons.”

Ed-Tech in a Time of Trump

Hack Education

Or, rather, have we adopted technologies for teaching and learning that are much more aligned with that military mission of command and control? Education technologies facilitate communication, expanding learning networks beyond the classroom.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8 ” Trends to watch: investors’ interest in English language learning (software). Education Politics.

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