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Dr. Alec Couros on Spearfishing, Citizenship, and Lateral Reading

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Dr. Alec Couros – Bio as Submitted Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. Blog: [link] Twitter: @courosa Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.”

How free is open? #EDENchat

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Today at 8pm GMT, the second #EDENchat of 2016 will be live on Twitter. 3) How are MOOCs and other massive open study opportunities changing or influencing out thinking as educators? Are we in danger of being left behind if our organisation/institution is not involved in MOOCs?

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. My students are all about social media. High School social studies teacher.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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Increasingly formal use of social media by education institutions. The increasing potential to “start a business” that is entirely social and digital (which impacts the idea of a “job,” for example). Rapid change in the demands for media forms (e.g.,

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). Beyond the MOOC. Social Media, Campus Activism, and Free Speech. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. Social Justice. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs.

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” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Class Central’s Dhawal Shah, writing in Edsurge : “ MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities.” More on certifications in the MOOC section above.

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Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig—From the EdSurge Jobs Team

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Check out our growing list of MOOCs and Courses on the EdSurge Index. As for your social profiles such as Facebook and Instagram, previous wisdom used to to be to hide any trace that a hiring manager could find. Now, instead of changing your name or hiding everything on your social media pages, you can use these pages to show the “human” side of you. Post articles and media on Facebook, Twitter, etc that is useful and interesting to your followers.

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One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. It's rolling out a social media push today using the hashtag #DontSettle4Cs to promote the program, called March2Success. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Google) biotech company, Calico.

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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.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. “ Penn State president appalled at media frenzy over new Paterno allegations.”

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” Sandler is also the founder of the ed-tech company Nibletz. ” I’m putting this story here as it discusses VCs’ willingness to continue to invest in Mike Cagney , the former head of the student loan company SoFi. Via The Guardian : “ Student Loans Company ‘spied on vulnerable students’ social media’ ” The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed. The company: RIB Software SE.

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” Via Politico : “ Several Trump appointees shared unflattering views of minorities, women on social media.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via George Veletsianos : “A large-scale study of Twitter Use in MOOCs.” ” Research finds there’s a " global achievement gap in MOOCs. Via Campus Technology : “ Harvard Tailoring the MOOC Experience With Adaptive Learning.”

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the job training section below. “PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills ” by Ben Williamson. ” More news about a data breach at a testing company in the infosec section below. ” The Atlantic on what it’s like being a parent of a social media star.

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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. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” SEL is “social emotional learning,” of course. ” ClassDojo is now a full social media platform for schools - this letter & video just emailed to parents.

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” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Another tech company ready and willing to support Trump: IBM. If you know the history of this company , it’s a rather frightening gesture. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Related, from the Social Media Collective : “Spike in Online Gig Work : Flash in the Pan or Future of Employment?”

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Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Masslive.com : “ Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursday to help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes.” ” The company in question: edX. tl;dr: emailing them, holding webinars, using social media.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

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Twitter activity during the hour was also very energetic, so I Storified it. He cited Jon Udell ‘s vision of Wikipedia as a place where knowledge is socially constructed. I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

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Twitter activity during the hour was also very energetic, so I Storified it. He cited Jon Udell ‘s vision of Wikipedia as a place where knowledge is socially constructed. I asked about how Jim’s company, Reclaim Hosting , is doing.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. ” Rather, McMillan Cottom argues these students are making rational decisions in a world of growing economic precarity and shrinking social programs. Don’t mess with her on Twitter. For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.).

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Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” The ruling, which referred to players as employees, found that they must be freely allowed to post on social media, discuss issues of their health and safety, and speak with the media.”

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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” The University of Northern New Jersey had a website – one with a.edu domain, to boot – as well as several active social media profiles. There was a regularly updated Facebook page, a Twitter account, as well as a LinkedIn profile for its supposed president. It should perhaps make us question what’s going on with all those Silicon Valley companies who are actively peddling their alternative credentials as a substitute for a college degree.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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My work as a thinker and writer about tech and ed-tech – and one explicitly committed to social justice – has been profoundly affected by Seymour. The work is also supported by companies including Apple, Google and Expedia, as well as education organizations including the CollegeBoard, Teach For America and STEMx.” “Hardly Anyone Wants to Take a Liberal Arts MOOC,” Edsurge informed its readers in February. See: the LMS, the MOOC.

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If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. ” Via The New York Times : “ Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments.” ” Via The Guardian : “ Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate.” Shernaz Daver , Udacity ’s chief marketing officer, is leaving the company.

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company has raised $41 million total. (I

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The Huffington Post filed Twitter’s response to Ivanka Trump ’s announcement under “comedy.” Via the AP: “A new federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania ’s attorney general says the nation’s largest student loan company engaged in abusive practices that have cost borrowers billions of dollars.” ” The largest student loan company is Navient. “ No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Motherboard : “ Twitter Is Banning Anyone Whose Date of Birth Says They Joined Before They Were 13.” If your marketing department thinks this is a good idea, if your media studies department thinks this is a good idea, tell them to read more. Denny Sanford, whose company – checks notes – sells social emotional learning curriculum to schools.

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” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Are You Getting a Pay Bump For Student Completion? ” “Whatever Happened To MOOCs ?”

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SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. ” “ Delta Career Education Corporation , a privately held for-profit college company, is phasing out seven of its campuses,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ California Should Watch Arkansas Process for Creating New Online Institution,” says Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill.

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Department of State has received emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget to collect additional information regarding certain visa applicants ’ travel and employment histories, familial connections, and social media usage in accordance with a notice it posted in the Federal Register May 4. ” No disclosure in the article that Edsurge shares investors with both these companies. “After the Hype, Do MOOC Ventures Like edX Still Matter?”

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Mostly tutoring companies.). “ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. Schools should consider the ways in which their own social media surveillance re-inscribes these sorts of violent, nationalist policies. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The University of Iceland has joined edX.

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That’s Betsy DeVos , of course, and Social Finance a.k.a. million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” Online Education and The Once and Future “MOOC” “ Deakin University in Australia will next year offer graduate degrees and certificate programs through FutureLearn , the online learning platform owned by the Open University in the U.K.,”