Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. And it’s not only “newer” companies like Google or Facebook.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

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Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources

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School administrators learned about the site, to be called Amazon Inspire, during a “Transitioning to OER” session Friday as part of the National Conference on Education of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, held here. ” Asked by one superintendent about the company’s financial interest in the effort, Joseph said, “Amazon is a big commercial entity and we have to make this sustainable over time. Marketplace K-12 amazon curation OER

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

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It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly with yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub.

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Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

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Confusion over the meaning of the word “free” (e.g., ‘if my company uses programs licensed as free software, does that mean I can’t charge customers?’) ’) was the original fear, uncertainty, and doubt that kept companies from engaging in this work. In 1996 we closed the company and I went to work for Marshall University, where I was completing my undergraduate degree in music, as its first webmaster.

Forgetting Our History: From the Reusability Paradox to the Remix Hypothesis

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Audrey’s constant refrain that “no one seems to remember our history” was made for her again this week when McGraw-Hill and Microsoft announced a new project based around – I kid you not – learning objects. Wow, there’s been some great writing lately.

Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

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It brings together K-12 educators, companies, reporters, university professors, and students to talk about product announcements, implementation strategies and edtech trends. The company didn’t announce anything in tandem with ISTE, but did push the Swift coding app— Swift Playgrounds —for middle and high school students that got announced two weeks ago. The ISTE conference isn’t the biggest edtech conference in the world by sheer luck.

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

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The publisher co-led the New York City-based company’s $33 million Series D round in October 2011, hailed at the time as a strategic investment and a major vote of confidence in Knewton’s potential. Knewton technology is also used enVisionMATH2.0 , a Pearson offering for grades K-8, but neither company offered specific details on the status of this agreement.) “Our Over the last few years Pearson has been simplifying and streamlining every part of the company.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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“Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” And there’s a blog post on Medium , because I guess someone thinks it’s a good idea for the Office of Ed Tech to outsource its website to a for-profit company. ” Navitas is a for-profit education company that runs courses in Australia (and elsewhere). Via Techcrunch : “ Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens.”

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Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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The region boasts an unusual concentration of highly-valued tech startups—Domo, Qualtrics and Inside Sales are among them—along with big education companies, including Instructure, the developer of the Canvas learning management system. godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. Missionaries also hone a valuable skill for any tech company looking to grow: communication. Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

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Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Companies are investing in immersive technologies. This Microsoft app is translating a visual world into words for people with visual difficulties. Coming in the next post: OER, OA and openness.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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During this 60 minute session, AdmitHub CEO Andrew Magliozzi will reveal insights from his company’s 2016 trial with Georgia State University, where a chatbot exchanged 185,000 messages with more than 3,100 students. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. It’s that time of year again.

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The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition.” Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” Coddy Johnson , hired last year as the COO of AltSchool , is back at the video game company Activision. Via Education Week : “Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.”

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Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.” But because the head of Code.org sits on the board of directors of the company that makes TASER, Axon.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court.” ” “Film company behind Love Actually to open school in London,” The Guardian reports. Testing, Testing… Via Chalkbeat : “Fired testing company seeks $25.3 (National) Education Politics.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Steve Dembo recently announced that he’s leaving the company after 10+ years. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. One company not using Amazon to run its computing infrastructure: Blackboard. Education Politics.

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“Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Denny Sanford, whose company – checks notes – sells social emotional learning curriculum to schools. The company has raised $15.7 Microsoft has acquired GitHub. Here’s the NYT headline : “Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 ” Via The Washington Post : “ Unproven facial-recognition companies target schools , promising an end to shootings.”

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” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” Microsoft had a media event this week. Via The New York Times : “Microsoft Looks to Regain Lost Ground in the Classroom.” Education Politics.

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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” Via the BBC : “ Accenture and Microsoft plan digital IDs for millions of refugees.” ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). ” (Among those education companies in Binary Capital’s investment portfolio : Educents.). Behavioral management company Hero K12 has raised $150 million from BV Investment Partners.

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” 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. ” There’s more on legal battles involving student loan companies in the business of financial aid section below. ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke. The student loan company has raised $803.6

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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. “Free College” Via NBC Bay Area : “Silicon Valley Company Offering Free College Degree To Every Adult Living Or Working In Its City.” “Harvard Management Company to Lay Off Half Its Staff,” The Harvard Crimson reports.

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“ Apple and Microsoft Now Offer $100 Styluses. “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above. ” Via Edsurge : “Transcription and Accessibility – New Partnerships from Microsoft and Amazon.” The company sells a tablet for use in prison.

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The NAACP endorses OER. It’s a partnership with Microsoft. Greiff has previously been a partner at the 1776 venture fund and he was also a co-founder of the test prep company Grockit. Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned. His other two co-founders are gone from the company too, says Axios’ Dan Primack. Via Techcrunch : “As Chromebook sales soar in schools, Apple and Microsoft fight back.”

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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. Microsoft is doing a desktop PC thing. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies. Edsurge on the business of OER. “ Edsurge on the ethics of ed-tech companies paying teachers. Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company." “To get rural kids online, Microsoft wants to put Internet access on school buses ,” The Washington Post reports.

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Prior to the department spending $6 million on iPads, Apple spent more than $5300 on meals and lodging for state Superintendent Mark Johnson and five other education officials to visit the company’s HQ. His wife is also the founder of the OER organization CK12. Speaking of bro culture company tech, “ Oculus is bringing its Rift and Go VR headsets to classrooms around the world,” says The Verge. ” The company in question: Spyfone.

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” The Kenyan Ministry of Education says that the Bridge International Academies are not complying with the country’s laws, and the company, which runs chains of schools across the developing world, has not received approval for its curriculum. ” The curriculum company Great Minds is appealing a lawsuit in which it claimed that FedEx had violated the “open” in its open educational resources by making copies. The gaming company has raised $26.5

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Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. As Edsurge observes , “New CEO at Coursera Comes From Financial Tech, Not Higher Ed” – he was the co-founder of Financial Engines, a retirement planning company. ” The company has raised $16.5 It’s a digital worksheet company.