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

Doug Levin

But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Tagged on: March 9, 2017 Move Fast and Break Trust | Slate → Google’s alternative facts and Uber’s self-driving accidents are symptoms of a deeper problem that is only going to get worse: we are beta-testing the future - with increasingly serious consequences.

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” ” More via I Programmer on Coursera ’s decision to remove old courses from its platform. In other Coursera news : “ Atlassian sponsors computer science learners on Coursera.”

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Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” That’s Joel Rose ’s School of One software. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” ” The Google Memo. Via the Coursera blog : “What’s Next in Employee Learning: Virtual Reality.”

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.” It’s one of a number of departures from Edsurge recently: Mary Jo Madda is now at Google. Once upon a time, Coursera updates went in the MOOC section.

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Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’ ” “The History of the Future of E-rate ” by me. ” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.”

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” That for-profit is Laureate Education , the largest chain of for-profit schools in the world and an investor in Coursera. ” These colleges no longer offer federal loans because of students’ high default rates.