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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Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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Already, the Sydney, Australia-based company has pulled back on its social media presence. That’s because the deal coincides with another momentous event on the company’s horizon—one that Ben-Naim says his team and customers have been preparing for.

Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

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These future teachers will be able to program starting points and requirements, and masterfully inject social collaboration along the way. This cry for trials proving rigor has prompted a response from industry in the form of multiple companies doing evaluations of products.

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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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through education technology now routinely engages students in activities that facilitate the collection of valuable personal data and that socialize students to accept relentless monitoring and surveillance as normal.

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” São Paulo has approved a bill that would allow companies to manufacture school uniforms and sell branding and sponsorship opportunities on the clothing. ProPublica with more news about Facebook and discrimination : “Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads.” The New Media Consortium announced in an email to its members that it would be immediately shutting down. The company, formerly known as SlideRule, has raised $11.2

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.

‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators

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When I think about electronic media and pedagogy, though, the thing that I worry about is how our systems of protecting kids from the real dangers of the internet revolve around surveillance. We're in this great global conversation about social media and what Shoshana Zuboff calls "surveillance capitalism," and kids are perfectly capable of understanding that stuff. I wanted to ask you about OERs.

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The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

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Dr. Faye Miller, University of Canberra/Human Constellation - Digital Research Consultancy How Online Tutoring Programs have Developed Global Citizens , Kasey Beck, President, Invictus Institute HOW TO COMBINE MEDIA ARTS AND EXCHANGES IN GLOBAL LEARNING.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions.

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

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Another surprise was a turn in public perception of giant technology companies, especially Facebook and Google, as well as Twitter and Amazon. Related to this development was the rise of what I think of as Social Justice Edtech. 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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Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” 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. Really looking forward to this new testing company though! ” Social emotional learning ! Via Getting Smart : “Extending Social Emotional Learning into the Home.”

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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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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. Badges , patents, and the world’s ‘least popular’ education company” by Doug Belshaw.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In the digital age, inquiry and problem-solving can span across a range of media and tools. For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” Without revenue the company will go away.

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Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. The new company will be called Touch Press (which was the name of another company that StoryToys acquired last year). Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.”

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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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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. ” 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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” 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. ” “Film company behind Love Actually to open school in London,” The Guardian reports. Testing, Testing… Via Chalkbeat : “Fired testing company seeks $25.3

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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. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “$100M Gift to National U for ‘ Social Emotional Learning ’ ” The money comes from South Dakota businessman T. The company has raised $15.7

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“ 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. The company sells a tablet for use in prison. million for the company – but of that just $15 million is cash; the rest is equity in NetDragon. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Meanwhile on Campus… The New York Times on “How the Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media ” – a really important corrective, I’d argue, to that “digital native” silliness. 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.

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I’ve never seen an education story receive quite as much attention from non-educators on social media. And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). Via the Arizona Capitol Times : “ Arizona bill to ban school ‘ social justice ’ courses dies quickly.” His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. The company has raised $14.75

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” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). ” 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). “ Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers?

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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. The Minecraft-based-engineering company has raised $9.75

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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. was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” “Harvard Management Company to Lay Off Half Its Staff,” The Harvard Crimson reports.

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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.” e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. From tech companies, I guess? The company has raised $44.5

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A graphic essay in Fusion : “Betsy DeVos’ ‘ School Choice ’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. ” 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.

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Here’s media reporter Mathew Ingram’s take (and there are lots of takes out there. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Testing, Testing… “ Common Core testing group wages aggressive campaign against critics on social media,” according to The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss. Education Politics.

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