Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

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Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Increased STEM funding from private companies comes as Americans raise concerns over the attention science, technology, engineering and math classes get in the U.S.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

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This isn’t simply a matter of “ robots are coming for your jobs.” This narrative – robots are coming for your jobs (and your kids’ jobs) – involves tasking schools with retooling so they can better train students for “ the jobs of the future ,” although to a certain extent, workforce preparation has always been what (part of) the education system has been expected to do. Helicopter Robots. ” Robots Raising Children.

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft

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With that, I think it's worth taking a look at where each of the three big companies stands in regards to Ed. Microsoft just isn't innovative natively. There are a couple of things Microsoft does have going for it though. In my opinion, Microsoft Edu is the safe choice.

December 15 University of New Hampshire to Host the State Finals forState’s Second Annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

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On December 15, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will host the finals of the state’s Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC), being held by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) and the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation ( ISCEF ).

A new way of helping students pay for college: Give them corporate jobs

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A call center near the University of Utah where students can make money and get help with their tuition by working for Microsoft and Discover. The companies get reliable employees and prospective hires while universities can promise students help with keeping their loan debt low.

K–12 Teachers Use Virtual and Augmented Reality Platforms to Teach Coding

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Tynker , another application, is an augmented reality platform that lets students build AR projects in the classroom and teachers build coding courses around students’ affinities for video games; take Microsoft Minecraft for Education , for example. .

4 Ways AI Education and Ethics Will Disrupt Society in 2019

Edsurge

In 2018 we witnessed a clash of titans as government and tech companies collided on privacy issues around collecting, culling and using personal data. Meanwhile, the public was amazed at technological advances like Boston Dynamic’s Atlas robot doing parkour , while simultaneously being outraged at the thought of our data no longer being ours and Alexa listening in on all our conversations. Companies will face increased pressure about the data AI-embedded services use.

School STEM Labs Inspire Students, Power Innovation

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Thomas School near Seattle hopes to encourage students to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by starting them young and engaging them with cool, new learning spaces featuring robots and 3D virtual reality computers. The school’s computer science curriculum, for example, starts in preschool with simple wooden robots, allowing students to learn the fundamentals of coding and become confident creating with technology at an early age.

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Joining the ed tech game changers at BETT 2017

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From the multinational companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, Discovery Education, Asus, Lego, or Intel, to small, single-product companies, they all made Bett the excellent conference it was.

A Report on the BETT Show in London

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They find dozens of free seminars and keynote talks, several hundred exhibitors, and many special events outside of the official program, including seminars run by Microsoft and Google and debates hosted by Smart. Robots. WHAT’S THAT?

“I want to focus more on the student and where their passion to learn comes from.” – Pauline Maas, The Netherlands

Daily Edventures

The students can work on anything they choose from a list of 40 different subjects, robotics, coding, soldering, working with wood, 3D printing, laser cutting, or just experiments they find on YouTube,” Maas shares with us. “I Pauline Maas. ICT teacher and author of children’s coding books.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

impetus for the number of startups investing in the edtech sector and technology releases by players like Microsoft, Google have given the necessary boost for educators to look towards technology to impart education for the future.

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.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Coalition members include Microsoft, Amazon, Computer Science Teachers Association, College Board, and Excellence in Education Foundation, and other local tech and education organizations. The companies will roll out the updated Renaissance-U platform in August 2018.

In Washington’s Most Diverse District, STEM Opportunities Provide New Paths to Success

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FWPS continues to expand STEM/STEAM pathways by integrating computer science curriculum through Hour of Code and Sphero robots. FWPS intentionally engages scholars that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields by partnering with the Ignite Program, which provides mentors and internships for scholars at Microsoft, Boeing, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and other local companies.

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Make the Most of Your Budget with These Great Products: Makerspace Product Roundup 2018

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New products are coming from companies that have long been in the game, and others are being launched thanks to successful crowdfunding initiatives. Bubble Bot walks students through creating a bubble-blowing robot and a Fan of Fortune. Name: Phiro Robot Made by: Robotix U.S.A.

AV Tech Gets Creative

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The young ladies use display boards to show their past and current underwater robots, competitions, collaborations with the community, and grants won.

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Puzzles, Play and Programming

My Paperless Classroom

If you have not yet heard of Robot Turtles, it is a board game built around the fundamentals of computer programming by Dan Shapiro, formerly of Google and Microsoft, launched on Kickstarter last year. How does Robot Turtles fit into the family of games at Thinkfun?

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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ADVANCED & MEASURED PROGRESS ( www.advanc-ed.org ) & ( www.measuredprogress.org ) Measured Progress and AdvancED will join forces to form a unique and far-reaching nonprofit educational company focused on data-driven tools for school improvement. has joined the ENA family of companies.

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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.

Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

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Not quite enough time for our robot overlords to overtake us, but both distant and soon enough to make us wonder. This Chrome OS share, of course, has made Microsoft angry. Microsoft has countered by working with partners over the past two years to introduce sub-$300 Windows 10 devices into the U.S., And if you’re still wondering about our robot overlords and where they fit in—well, what do you think the current K-12 boom in coding is for?

How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

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But that technology won’t be entirely homegrown: Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services laced with the machine learning algorithms, are increasingly playing a role in the tools that we call “AI.” He then went on to work at Apple, Microsoft and Google, where he served as president of Google China. Here’s why he believes that AI—and particularly AI developed by Chinese companies—is fated to rock our world, and how we learn.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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” Note the significant difference in language in this headline from The Verge , for example – “ Harvard’s Root robot teaches kids how to code ” – and the way in which Seymour would describe the LOGO Turtle – that students would using programming to teach the robot. In turn, Microsoft released an educational version of the popular block-building game this fall. This is part six of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” After someone noticed that Microsoft had boasted that it was working with ICE , Nitasha Tiku says that “Microsoft’s Ethical Reckoning Is Here.” Speaking of pseudoscientific products, Education Week reports that “ DeVos -Supported ‘Brain-Performance’ Company Loses Appeal Over Misleading Advertising.” “ Microsoft backpedals on VR promise,” says Techcrunch. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Forbes : “This Company Could Be Your Next Teacher: Coursera Plots A Massive Future For Online Education.” “How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself” – Edsurge interviews the CEO of the company formerly known as Curriculum Associates. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “A Humanoid Robot Gave a Lecture in a West Point Philosophy Course,” says Futurism.com. The robot presents as a black female?

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 Companies are using AI to screen candidates now with HireVue | Ladders → Using voice and face recognition software, HireVue lets employers compare a candidate’s word choice, tone, and facial movements with the body language and vocabularies of their best hires.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: August 27, 2017 DeVos Invested in Company Under Investigation for Misleading Claims | Education Week → When U.S. Tagged on: August 27, 2017 Companies are using AI to screen candidates now with HireVue | Ladders → Using voice and face recognition software, HireVue lets employers compare a candidate’s word choice, tone, and facial movements with the body language and vocabularies of their best hires.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.” The 74 interviewed Sal Khan on personalized learning and his goal to create a “ global diploma ,” which he says his company can “uniquely” do. ” The Verge profiles Digital Ally , a company that makes police body cameras and soon, a new “conducted electrical weapon.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

7 Days of Education Conference Fever Across the Pond

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23-26): the companies who supply the tools, and the educators who use them; The Education Show (Jan. One teacher described The Education Show as “a ghost town for companies who can’t afford Bett.” (A companies have always had a strong presence, and this year was no exception with Microsoft and Google having the largest stands.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Also via Wired : “Companies Are Cashing in on Reality TV for Tots.” ” Via Techcrunch : “Comparing Apple , Google and Microsoft ’s education plays.” ” From the press release : “ Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. There’s more robot news in the job training section above.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The Verge : “US denies visas to Afghanistan ’s all-girl robotics team.” Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” Because honestly, where else would you put news about that private school company but in the surveillance section. Via The New York Times : “ Microsoft to Cut Up to 4,000 Sales and Marketing Jobs.” ” The company in question is called Sqore.

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WHAT’S NEW

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BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” From this week’s article: The prosecutor also said that Mr. Dance concealed about $12,000 in payments he received through his consulting work in 2015, including $4,600 from an organization called the Education Research and Development Institute – ERDI for short – that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies. Yes, “that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Verge : “ Microsoft secures $480 million HoloLens contract from US Army.” There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below, perhaps prompting another question that Edsurge doesn’t think to ask: “How viable are these companies that are being used to outsource and privatize online higher education?” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company has raised $16.6

8 Must-See Hidden Gems from ISTE 2018

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This year alone 613 booths crowded the floor, from mega-booths like Google and Microsoft to tiny, easy-to-miss tables. With a camera pointed at a map showing the location of Kai's Clan robots, students can work together using Blockly or JavaScript to solve challenges in real time.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment. The combined companies now extend from enrollment to graduation in districts that include traditional public, charter, and independent schools across the country.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: July 21, 2017 A complex web of factors influence children’s commercial media literacy | LSE Business Review → If they don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data? " Tagged on: July 18, 2017 Let Robots Teach American Schoolkids | Bloomberg → This is not a work of satire. Summer. Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop).

EdTech 150

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” ” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.