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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. But in the past few years the company has suffered several setbacks—along with mounting criticism that its founding CEO, Jose Ferreira, overhyped its technology.

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!

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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. It’s hard to imagine not fully realizing the potential for our mobile devices as learning tools. Coming in the next post: OER, OA and openness.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool.” ” “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. “Where is Trump’s Cabinet ?”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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

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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. “ Can VR be a tool for inspiring empathy in higher ed? Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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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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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” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). Stanford University’s Larry Cuban continues his analysis of behavioral management tool ClassDojo. ” (Among those education companies in Binary Capital’s investment portfolio : Educents.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Tutoring company Ruangguru has raised $7 million in Series B funding.

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” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” 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.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won’t be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday.” ” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. Education Politics.

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” 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 eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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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.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The Trump Budget.

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