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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Anxiety over the influence of technology in schools, as in our lives, is an old story — but one made painfully acute by the glowing smartphone on which you may be reading this article. But skeptics warn that underneath the language of “student-centered” pedagogy is a tech-intensive model that undermines communal values, accelerates privatization and turns public schools into big data siphons. Gist: Our goal is to be the first state to fully blend technology into all schools.

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education

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Over the last decade, we’ve seen educational institutions—from K-12 schools to colleges and universities—make tremendous strides in seizing the opportunities that modern technologies provide. In fact, 96 percent of leading research institutions are already using Amazon Web Services (AWS), as are 19 of the top 20 best-funded education technology startups. After intervening and supporting approximately 16,000 students, dropout rates have decreased and test scores have improved.

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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people." He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Our technology is our ideology,” Siemens says.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

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The lack of social interaction could be one reason behind high dropout rates in online classes. Rosé and her colleagues found that when students talk to each other, they tend to stick around and show up for their next class more than peers who chose not to complete the activity or those who only talk to the robot. As students are learning about regression, they’ll collect pieces of data to analyze and plot on a graph, Ilowsky says.

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Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. The data provided allows teachers to group students intentionally for maximized learning opportunities. This technology solved another of the district’s biggest struggles—implementing an effective common assessment among 12 elementary and middle schools. District learning leaders use findings and data analysis to work with teachers to ensure common achievements throughout the program.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “With Student Interest Soaring, Berkeley Creates New Data-Sciences Division.” How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT.” ” asks Campus Technology. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via The New York Times : “Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology and Ethics of A.I.

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Department of Education this week released new federal loan data showing that 4.6 ” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” Via Campus Technology : “Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Atlantic : “Why Many College Dropouts Are Returning to School in North Carolina.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Futurism.com : “Here Are the States Where a Robot Is Most Likely to Steal Your Job.” ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Susan Crawrford argues “Why Universities Need ‘Public Interest Technology’ Courses.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ South Carolina technical colleges received formal permission on Wednesday to offer bachelor’s degrees in advanced manufacturing technology.” despite having Arizona ’s third-highest dropout rate.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. It would be great to see education technology organizations also turn away this money, knowing that – if nothing else – children and families are harmed by anti-immigration policies and practices. Bless this headline ( from The 74 ) ’s heart: “Educators & Experts Say Personalized Learning Is Not About Technology or Money but Leadership and Relationships.”

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Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” ” Via Education Week : “In hurricanes ’ aftermath, technology eases return to school.” “‘Eton for all’: will robot teachers mean everyone gets an elite education? Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. There’s more about Mattel’s robots and privacy in the privacy section below. ” Keep playing that data drumbeat.

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” “A Conveyor Belt of Dropouts and Debt at For-Profit Colleges ” by Susan Dynarski. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Inside Higher Ed on the “Return of the College Scoreboard” : “The Department of Education published updated information on the College Scorecard Thursday, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once.” Meanwhile, the state has given initial approval for ECOT to become a “dropout school.” “ Can Technology-augmented Academic Advising Improve College Graduation Rates?

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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.” Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “Data shows Indiana students are taking AP exams, but half aren’t passing them.”

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” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. Via The Salt Lake Tribune : “Lawmaker: Utah ‘s veteran educators may need to ’die off ’ before technology fills classrooms.” “ Should big data be used to discourage poor students from university?

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” Oh, how very different “the politics of education (technology)” drumbeat sounds from some ed-tech publications: Trump will mean more “ innovation ” in higher ed, according to eCampus News. Via Campus Technology : “ AP Exam Pass Rates Rise Even as Participation Doubles.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via ProPublica : “‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The New York Times , a profile on the Indiana charter chain Excel Schools : “A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School.” ” Via Edsurge : “Data is Good – But Not Enough – to Improve Education, Says Baltimore City Public Schools CEO.” ” There’s more data on debt in the data and research section below.

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