A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 1, 2017 School board approves computer science immersion program | KSFY → The Sioux Falls (SD) school board voted to sign a 5-year contract with Code to the Future to create a computer science immersion program at three elementary schools in the district. Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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This summer’s ultimate ed tech professional development guide

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Coursera – Among the many courses offered this summer is How to Teach Us , which examines learning through the lens of High Tech High students. Turn Your Elementary School into a STEM School! It’s officially summer.

Future-Proofing College by Embracing ‘Purpose Learning’

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At the most recent ASU GSV Summit, machine-learning pioneer Andrew Ng (and co-founder of Coursera) warned audience members to steer their children away from becoming radiologists. There’s a reason why NPR’s top ten jobs least at risk of computerization for the next 20 years were roles like social workers, choreographers, and elementary school teachers. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Hyperloop, has some serious reservations about artificial intelligence.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” (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. Coursera (online education) –- $64 million. Coursera (online education) – $210.1 GSV (with investments in CreativeLive, MasterClass, PeopleGrove, Raise.me, Voxy, Lightneer, Nearpod, Coursera, and Motimatic from GSV Acceleration, GSV Asset Management, and GSV Capital).

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

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Coursera is another option for higher ed MOOCS. Distict #1 : Principal of an elementary school shared that as part of their 1:1 initiative, they want to create a bank of lessons created by students based on [link] which Alan shared last time.

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Coursera ’s 2018 Revenue Estimated to be $140 million,” Class Central estimates. More PR from Techcrunch : “ Nintendo is bringing Labo kits to elementary schools.” *Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. (Oh Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.).

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Via The New York Times : “ New York to Shorten Standardized Tests in Elementary and Middle Schools.” Coursera has a new CEO: Jeff Maggioncalda. As Edsurge observes , “New CEO at Coursera Comes From Financial Tech, Not Higher Ed” – he was the co-founder of Financial Engines, a retirement planning company.

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“ ‘Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years’ ” says the BBC, citing a prediction made by Coursera ’s Daphne Koller. Data and “Research” Via the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel : “Over the past three decades, state and local expenditures on prisons and jails have increased more than three times as fast as spending on elementary and secondary education, according to a new brief released Thursday by the U.S.

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” Codecademy, Edsurge contends, is now a competitor to Coursera and Udacity. ” Not sure why these are the four, but there you go: Udemy , Lynda , Coursera , and Skillshare. ” Via Techcrunch : “ Mystery Science partners with Google to bring eclipse glasse s to elementary school students.” (National) Education Politics. The New York Times broke the story this week that “ Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions.”

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Coursera blog : “New mobile features: Transcripts, notes, and reminders.” The winners of this year’s Harold W McGraw Jr Prize in Education : Dr. Christine Cunningham, Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) at the Museum of Science; Dr. Sandy Shugart, President of Valencia College; and Chris Anderson, TED “curator.” Education Politics.

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Coursera’s head of data science: “Even when students are working, they provide clues that can be used to clamp down on cheats. – in Edsurge gives me pause: “Elementary School Wellness Program Helps Young Males of Color Cultivate Their Identities.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” “ Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight ,” says EduKwest’s Kirsten Winkler. ” “Should children get to have cellphones in elementary school?” Presidential-Elect Donald Trump.

The Business of Education Technology

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Daphne Koller left Coursera this year. According to Edsurge , changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will soon be another “ win for ed-tech vendors.” This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. In previous years, when I’ve written about this topic, I’ve saved “The Business of Ed-tech” for one of the last articles in my “ Top Ed-Tech Trends" series.

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” That for-profit is Laureate Education , the largest chain of for-profit schools in the world and an investor in Coursera. ” Via NSBA’s Legal Clips blog : “ Satanic Temple withdraws request to start after school club at Washington state elementary school.” Presidential Campaign Politics. There’s less than a month left of the 2016 Presidential campaign and The End can’t come soon enough. On Sunday, Clinton and Trump held their second debate.

Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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” (And we all know that if it’s good enough for Harvard students…) “Machines such as those we use at Harvard,” Skinner boasted, “could be programmed to teach, in whole and in part, all the subjects taught in elementary and high school and many taught in college.”

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Gary Bass Meaningful STEM-Based Learning in a University/Elementary School Partnership - Maria D. Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education) Using Scratch and Picoboards to teach "x", Maths and Science - Martin Levins, Director IT What''s The Connection?

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” Via DelawareOnline : “The first step to reducing violence among young people is to have police officers assigned to elementary and middle schools, says a coalition of state officials, education administrators and police.” He was an instructor in one of several high-profile Coursera failures back in 2013. Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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” 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. ” “In my book, there’s no reason why children in elementary schools can’t be launching their own businesses,” [says founder] Rebekah Neumann. (National) Education Politics. Listen, folks (particularly educators).

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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As a set of policies, accountability was instantiated in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002, and reinforced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. ” University of Zurich professor Paul-Olivier Dehaye continued his case against Coursera, questioning the authority that the MOOC startup had to transfer European student data. This is part eight of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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