Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Handing over data, often quite thoughtlessly, has become par for the course – in education and in society more generally. To data about students’ immigration status?

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Employer Credentials and Community Colleges: A Look Behind Google’s IT Support Certificate Program

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This is especially true when it comes to the growing share of jobs that are technology related and hinge on rapidly-evolving skillsets—which today make up more than a quarter of all job openings, according to data from Burning Glass Technologies. At Google, one of us works as a product lead for the IT Support Professional Certificate on Coursera—a program designed to take beginner-level learners to IT job readiness in about eight months.

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The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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That's what a decade of ed-tech social media and PR have wrought: hashtag gurus and fake news. Joi Ito , Nicholas Negroponte , the MIT Media Lab — who will remember their connections to convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein ? Coursera raised $109 million in venture company because investors are cray.

News Literacy Resources for Classrooms

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News literacy is a subset of media literacy focused on helping people process and understand news media messages, to locate more factual and credible information, and to think critically about what counts as news. Breaking News, Media Manipulation, and Mis- and Disinformation.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. How accurate is her data? (I’d ” (For what it’s worth, Kleiner Perkins made just one major investment in education in 2017, participating in Coursera’s $64 million round this summer. Grammarly (grammar and spelling assistance in exchange for your personal data) –- $110 million.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

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Coursera is another option for higher ed MOOCS. Then assess if the staff development paid off based on student achievement data. Workshop needs measurable goals, follow-up, and results based on data. Use every bit of social media that you can.

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

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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. This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach.

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Assessing the Travel Ban : What New Data on Overseas Recruitment Does – and Doesn’t – Tell Us.” ” (Edsurge, for what it’s worth, shares investors with Class Central, Udacity, and Coursera (although there’s no disclosure on that article to that end) – funny how the narratives about the “revolutionary” potential of MOOCs get spread, eh?). (National) Education Politics.

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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.” It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security.

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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.” ” Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Via the Stanford press office : “ Stanford explores case for code of ethics to tackle big data’s deluge in higher ed.” ” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data.

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” Via The Sun Sentinel : “Student made social media threat to kill FAU professor, cops say.” Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.” ” “As Schools Comb Social Media for Potential Threats, Has Mass Shooting Anxiety Turned Administrators Into the ‘ Internet Police ’?”

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And more online education news in the “Betteridge’s Law of Headlines” section and in the research and data 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. Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.”

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Headline changed from “ Coursera ’s Update Will Eliminate Hundreds of Courses” to “Coursera’s Update Will Migrate Hundreds of Courses to a New Platform.” ” Coursera, initially only emailing former students about their old course work, decided finally to blog about its platform change. Anil Dash and Gina Trapani announced they’re closing down their social media analytics product ThinkUp. Education Politics.

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Via the Coursera blog : “Announcing the Global MBA from Macquarie University.” Really great investigative work on Department of Education data on school shootings by NPR’s Anya Kamenetz, Alexis Arnold, and Emily Cardinali : “The School Shootings That Weren’t.” ” SEL is “social emotional learning,” of course. Thank you, big data, for giving people this insight. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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” The website: Victory Media. More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.” Once upon a time, Coursera updates went in the MOOC section. ” From the Coursera blog : “New on Coursera: start-to-finish learning paths for starting a new career.” ” Does the Gates Foundation have another $100 million to invest in education data infrastructure?

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A public service announcement from the FBI : “ Education Technologies : Data Collection and Unsecured Systems Could Pose Risks to Students.” Via The AP : “The Trump administration is granting only partial loan forgiveness to the vast majority of students approved for help because of fraud by for-profit colleges , according to preliminary Education Department data obtained by The Associated Press.” ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. More data collection. They are political, social – shaping culture and politics and institutions and individuals in turn.

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” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s First Ivy League Degree: An Online Master’s From the University of Pennsylvania.” ” ( Not mentioned : Penn was one of the very first investors in Coursera.). “ Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers? “ Was It Ethical for Dropbox to Share Customer Data with Scientists?

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It's rolling out a social media push today using the hashtag #DontSettle4Cs to promote the program, called March2Success. Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Coursera’s other founder, Andrew Ng, left the startup several years ago to join the Chinese search engine Baidu. Via the Stanford Social Innovation Review : “Unintended Consequences.”

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Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” Here is venture capital well spent: “ Coursera Promotes Its ‘Affordable Online Courses’ With New TV Ad Spots ,” says Class Central. tl;dr: emailing them, holding webinars, using social media. million from Redpoint, 1776, Cowboy Ventures, Fern Mandelbaum, Harrison Metal, and Social Capital. Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor ’s.” ” “Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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” IHE blogger Joshua Kim offers “25 Million Reasons Why LinkedIn / Microsoft Will Buy Coursera.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via Education Week (from last Friday – as I work on the week’s round-up of news, I try to avoid looking at social media, but I think there was another school shooting this morning): “10 Dead, Most of Them Students, and 10 Wounded in Texas High School Shooting.” And That Has Given It Some Eye-opening Data.”

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From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” ” Also via Class Central : “ Coursera Lets Instructors A/B Test Their Courses, Experiments With Automated Coaching.” All this pseudoscience is, of course, part of the “social emotional learning” hype.

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.”

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I hope none of these programs are teaching “data science,” because this is just a silly claim based on bad data. ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security. Via Wired : “Schools Are Mining Students’ Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble.” ” Coursera’s head of data science: “Even when students are working, they provide clues that can be used to clamp down on cheats.

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“Schools across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance – attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data,” according to Chalkbeat’s Matt Barnum. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Recently released federal data show that 17 percent of federal student debt holders are over the age of 50. (National) Education Politics.

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As if applying for financial aid wasn’t difficult enough already, it appears that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which pulls tax information into the FAFSA app, “ will be unavailable for several weeks.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “Data shows Indiana students are taking AP exams, but half aren’t passing them.” ” Via The Financial Times : “ Coursera chief on the future of online learning and the Trump era.” Education Politics.

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. Funding data about “learn to code” startups can be found at funding.hackeducation.com. ” Reflecting, perhaps, its Silicon Valley roots, the gig economy has been found to be rife with gender and racial bias and to benefit those with the greatest social and financial capital. (

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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. Data-Protection Law Looms.” ” For those keeping track of how ed-tech is intertwined in all this, here’s a list of Yuri Milner ’s education investments : 17zuoye, Remind, Coursera, Clever, Codecademy, ClassDojo, and General Assembly. Maybe social media is broken, Cathy O’Neil suggests.

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e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. " The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. Via Recode : “ Coursera has ousted several senior executives along with many rank-and-file staffers.” ” Inside Higher Ed also looks at how data is being talked about at the higher ed ed-tech event. ” “How Social Media Can Help Teach Good Writing,” according to Edsurge.

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

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That’s Betsy DeVos , of course, and Social Finance a.k.a. ” “ Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight ,” says EduKwest’s Kirsten Winkler. Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. ” “So-So Social Media Privacy? Data and “Research” Common Sense Media surveyed parents on their own digital media habits. ” “Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools?

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” “ The Most Popular Courses of 2016 ” on Coursera. Edsurge rewrites Coursera’s infographic – because journalism – about which classes are popular in “red states” and which ones are popular in “blue states.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Via Venture Beat : “ LinkedIn resets some Lynda.com users’ passwords following data leak.” Education Politics.

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Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. According to excerpts of speeches published by Wikileaks – stolen data – Clinton called the Common Core a “political failure” in a speech she gave to Knewton. ” That for-profit is Laureate Education , the largest chain of for-profit schools in the world and an investor in Coursera.