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The Weaponization of Education Data

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

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A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. 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. Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology.

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From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students? The third: lifelong learning. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Techcrunch : “This tortoise shows kids that robot abuse is bad.”

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. It’s a cycle, Srnicek argues, that then encourages more usage, which in turn generates more data.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The budget bill President Trump signed Friday fixes a technical problem for private scholarship providers that rely on federal student aid data to help students pay for college.” ” Via The Guardian : “ Toby Young quits New Schools Network , citing media pressure.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” “ Are K–12 data systems ready for AI?

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Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. “ Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive? “Lifelong learning” and multiple choice quizzes for two to five year olds. E-Literate claimed this week that “ Canvas Surpasses Blackboard Learn in US Market Share” – with some additional analysis about “What’s Important about the Blackboard Market Share News.”

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” “Frustrated with how colleges have handled their claims of sexual abuse , more students are turning to social media to publicize their cases,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The learn-to-code company Treehouse has launched “Techdegrees,” “a guided-learning experience designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Education Politics.

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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.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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Bob Thorpe, is proposing a far-reaching law in Arizona, House Bill 2120, banning virtually every college event, activity or course which discusses social justice , skin privilege, or racial equality. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Department of Education has released data showing there were 539 institutions placed on heightened cash monitoring as of Dec. ” “ Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data ,” Campus Technology reports. Education Politics.

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