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The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

In a nutshell, Cambridge Analytica, was a corporation that used Facebook data and had permission to look at about a quarter million accounts, but because of the way Facebook sets itself up, whenever you give permission to Facebook, you’re also basically giving permission for Facebook to look at your friends. Obviously those 50 million people did not know their data was being used. You have to prove to me that it’s worth using Facebook, or any social media, for that matter.

Using Digital Media To Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom

MSEDTechie

Using Digital Media to Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom “True technology integration is seamless, it shouldn''t be viewed as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event." To answer these questions, I often turn to the people who can help me evaluate how effectively I’ve been integrating edtech tools into the classroom: students, parents and fellow educators. They have a variety of topics from Food in Space to Robotics to Life on Mars.

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Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators—How to Get There and Where the Jobs Are

Edsurge

STEAM-based learning emphasizes both hands-on and digital experiences with engineering, art, game design, prototyping in makerspaces, authoring, robotics, and much more. Michael also shared his thoughts on developing a professional brand and the importance of his community on social media: Having a professional brand really means that I have ultimately reflected on what I want to do and be as an educator.

How to Build a Modern School – 6 Key Elements to Embed in Your Groundwork

ViewSonic Education

For example, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls not only empathize intellect but also social skills in their mission statement. This school recognizes that there is a gap in Millennials and Generation Z’s social skills fueled by growing up on mobile phones, social media, and online chatting. As with aiding assessment delivery, technology integration or EdTech innovation will lead to the most drastic shifts in education.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

“I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 19, 2017 The Top 10: Student Privacy News (Feb-March 2017) | Future of Privacy Forum → If you care about student data privacy, worth the read and worth signing up for the email newsletter. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education

This is part five of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” As in previous years, it would be quite easy to fill a whole article in this series on “ data insecurity ,” on the data breaches and cyberattacks that continue to plague education – both schools and software. A file configuration error at Schoolzilla that exposed the data of some 1.3 Data stolen from a community college’s health clinic.

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Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

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Edtech programs that mirror video games were also brought in, building student confidence as learners won badges and advanced through the levels of the adaptive programs. A second prong of individualized direct instruction, informed by the data provided from those “games,” was rounded out by a third rotation—reading books of their choosing at their level. Achievements are touted on social media, changing the tone of the district’s story to engage the public positively.

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Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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Now in its ninth year, the show has become a staple for convening a potpourri of ideas that span broad swaths of the education community, from instructional practices and school models, to social inequities and far-out visions of the future that seem more like a dream than reality. From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America.

Pushback Is Growing Against Automated Proctoring Services. But So Is Their Use

Edsurge

It may be the biggest question in college edtech during the pandemic: Should tests be allowed to robotically watch students? The more recent rise of automated proctoring tools replace those humans with software robots, thereby reducing the cost.

How to Integrate Online Professional Development Into Your School’s PD Culture

Edsurge

Whether educators need to learn how to use edtech tools, analyze student data or implement Common Core standards, online PD can offer educators support when and where they need it.

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

Edsurge

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. He just doesn’t think our current university systems and edtech solutions will get us there. He’s worried that, rather than advancing our human potential, many edtech companies and universities are perpetuating the status quo.

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How This Famed Chinese Venture Capitalist Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

Edsurge

He’s written eight top-selling books in China and has more than 50 million followers on social media. Not in terms of the science-fiction robot overlords. I mean more that in a single task, with a huge amount of training data, AI is beating humans by unbelievable proportions. based edtech companies are focused on some element related to the American system: to how to sell software to schools in a particular city or county, and how to do payment within schools.

How These 26 Teachers and an Author Are Redefining Today's Student-Centered Classroom

Edsurge

Based on a theory of “messy learning” or “organized chaos,” as Ormiston and her writers put it, the style places a big emphasis on student ownership over things like goal-setting, data and learning trajectory. But she also perks her ears up for those who speak low and outside the edtech mainstream, and encourages them not to use their indoor voices. One of Meg Ormiston’s biggest frustrations with education today is how long everything takes to roll out.

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Hack Education

The New Media Consortium announced in an email to its members that it would be immediately shutting down. I have been busy with my year-in-review, but I will be updating my Horizon Report “data liberation” project with as much data as I can scrape from the NMC website before it all goes away.). ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via NPR : “Hi, Robot : Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley.” Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2

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Techcrunch says that “ EdTech is having a renaissance , powered by the emerging world.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Techcrunch : “This tortoise shows kids that robot abuse is bad.” ” “ Robot abuse ”?! Via Bryan Alexander : “ Robots , buyouts, and spinoffs: four short stories for the future of education and technology.” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Cathy O’Neil’s criticism of data analytics’ misuse resonated with a large number of people. 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. Decisions about pedagogies and systems, data and platforms may well become more challenging.

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“ 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. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total.

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” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. ” More data on military enrollment in for-profits in the “research” section below. Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. ” “Students, Directory Information , and Social Media – Part 2” by Bill Fitzgerald. Via WaPo : “Study: Robot baby dolls don’t curb teen pregnancies. Education Politics.

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” Via Edsurge : “Golden State GDPR: What the Edtech Industry Should Know About CA ’s New Privacy Rules.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Education Department received about 28,000 applications for Public Service Loan Forgiveness as of June 30 of this year but so far has approved just under 300 applications for loan discharge, according to new federal data released Wednesday.” Companies Should Know About Asia’s Edtech Market.”

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” And Chalkbeat with the NYC data : “Find out what your New York City school spends per student.” Edsurge has a new guide on the ed-tech job market , with articles including “ Diversity in Hiring Doesn’t Start With Hiring ” and “ Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Edtech Job Hunt.” “ Could Monitoring Students on Social Media Stop the Next School Shooting? Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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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. ” The Atlantic on what it’s like being a parent of a social media star.

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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.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” It’s 2017 and many critics agree that social media is full of trolls and harassers, that it helps subvert democracies here and abroad, but hey: “To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media ,” says Edsurge. Via Techcrunch : “ Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics.

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” Via EdScoop : “ USC launches edtech research center focused on underrepresented youth.” “‘Eton for all’: will robot teachers mean everyone gets an elite education? “ No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Google had a big media to-do this week. ” This, from Edsurge , is pretty awful: “Why Edtech Executives Are Keeping a Close Eye on Preschool Demographics.”

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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. ’” Via Edsurge : “School’s Out for the Latest Y Combinator Batch, and Here’s What Its Edtech Graduates Are Up to.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Kids connect with robot reading partners ,” says the PR office of the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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First Lady Melania Trump launched her “Be Best” campaign this week, encouraging people to be nicer on social media. Some of the stories are in the “robots” section below.). ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. And on a side note, this article in Edsurge (penned by an investor) on “ Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark ” is a thing to behold. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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” At least the e-cigarette company (which targets teens) offers a social-emotional learning curriculum, right? ” Just grand that Facebook is running a bunch of media literacy and digital training courses for community colleges. “Unizin Adds Student Writing Data to its Data Platform for a Clearer Portrait of Learner Success,” says the Campus Technology headline. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “ Robots in the classroom ?

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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 eCampus News : “The 2 edtech fields with the most potential under Trump.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “Data shows Indiana students are taking AP exams, but half aren’t passing them.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Via Scientific American : “How the FDA Manipulates the Media.” Via Edsurge : “How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors” – “ A Win for Edtech Vendors.” tl;dr: emailing them, holding webinars, using social media. ” Via Edsurge : “Life After Merger: When Edtech Acquisitions Go Sour.” The social-collaboration-software-for-schools startup has previously raised $1 million.

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e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. " The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. ” 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. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” The $1700 robot dog also requires a subscription plan.

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danah boyd has announced that she’ll be stepping down from running her research organization Data & Society. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via TeacherCast : “Why Teachers Will Never Be Replaced By Robots.” ” Inside Higher Ed on Robot-Proof : “Northeastern president discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.” “Blame Big Data.”

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K98BwFMkIc @ryancraiguv #edtech pic.twitter.com/3mITJHvODv — EdSurge HigherEd (@HigherEdSurge) November 11, 2016. ” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Via KPCC : “ LAUSD board: If Trump administration asks for student data , district will resist.” Related, from the Social Media Collective : “Spike in Online Gig Work : Flash in the Pan or Future of Employment?”

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” ” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week about privacy, data, monopoly power, and regulations. ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.” ” (Note: there’s a response to this article by Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel, who builds teaching chat-bots, in the “robots” section below. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Where Is the Office of EdTech ?” 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.” All this pseudoscience is, of course, part of the “social emotional learning” hype. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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