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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.

Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. Now the company has pivoted, and it is poised to formally announce its own online courseware that will compete head-to-head with those publishing giants. So the company has hit the reset button. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources).

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

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If we look back on 2017 in educational technology, some of the biggest surprises were political and cultural. Another surprise was a turn in public perception of giant technology companies, especially Facebook and Google, as well as Twitter and Amazon. This movement asks us to rethink technology to address social problems in education and society. They argue that putatively equitable technologies actually reinstate social inequalities.

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

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And Audrey Watters’ ongoing work on the history of educational technology is vastly more important than anyone seems to realize. It should be absolutely mandatory reading for every student in a graduate program on educational technology or learning sciences, period.

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“Best Online Classes for Job Skills ,” according to MIT Technology Review. ” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. ” “OER is about to become for course planning what LMS is for grading,” which frankly sounds awful. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The peer feedback company has raised $1.89 (National) Education Politics.

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ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

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I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians! Technological Darwinism.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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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. What are immersive technologies? We can inspire our communities to use affordable emerging technologies to create communication products and stories using AR/VR/MR.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” 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. Via Campus Technology : “Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority.” ” Via Wired : “Tech Companies Try to Retrain the Workers They’re Displacing.”

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “ DeVry Parent Company Makes Pledges to Students.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.” The Australian company provides courses for schools that decide to outsource their educational services. From tech companies, I guess?

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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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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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technologizing” the government. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). ” (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.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. News from the most well-funded ed-tech company, student loan provider SoFi : SoFi settles w/ FTC over allegations it misrepresented how much borrowers save by refinancing. ” My most favorite lines simply must be these: “One of the early adopters of Imbellus was McKinsey & Company , the management consulting firm, which uses the scenario assessments to find job candidates.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. ” Perhaps protest Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab ? Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “In a Fight Against Depression , UCLA Relies on Technology.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Denny Sanford, whose company – checks notes – sells social emotional learning curriculum to schools. The company has raised $15.7

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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. ” This “Toronto man” is Erwin Sniedzins, who runs an ed-tech company called Mount Knowledge. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The credentialing company has raised $7.1

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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. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Legal education observers say accreditation issues at Florida Coastal School of Law – whose graduates have struggled to pay off loans – should lead to tougher look at its parent company, InfiLaw.”

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And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. The Department of Justice , 21 states, and the District of Columbia have reached a $864 million settlement with Moody’s Investors Service over the company’s role in faulty credit ratings that led to the financial crisis of 2008. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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The NAACP endorses OER. 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 Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Education Politics.

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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. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” That is, the daycare company Bright Horizons will pay for its employees to get their degrees at four institutions – three of which are for-profits (including Ashford University and Walden University, which have been targets of lawsuits claiming they misled students). ” Via Campus Technology : “ Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech.”

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But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.”

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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.” “ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Education Politics.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via MIT Technology Review : “ DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Solocron Education LLC , a company whose entire ‘education’ business is filing lawsuits, owns U.S. ” Via the AP : “ Remington Arms and the families of some victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have agreed that any dispute over the release of company documents in a lawsuit brought by the families and a surviving teacher will be decided by a judge.” The company has raised $57 million total. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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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. Badges , patents, and the world’s ‘least popular’ education company” by Doug Belshaw. Via The MIT Technology Review : “Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees.” The business of OER.

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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. Via Education Week : “ Minecraft Party to Raise Money for Technology in Philly Schools.” This coding bootcamp was acquired by the University of Phoenix’s parent company, Apollo Education Group , in 2015.

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“ The Office of Educational Technology Under DeVos” by Doug Levin. Worth noting: the website promotes private student loan companies SkillsFund and Climb to students looking for tuition assistance.). Via Techcrunch : “ SoFi co-founder Dan Macklin is leaving the company.” ” Via the ProQuest press release : “Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest in 2017.”

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” Steve Dembo recently announced that he’s leaving the company after 10+ years. Education Politics.

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