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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. In the absence of the weekly news round-ups, I took the time away to do some further writing and analysis: Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches , which details the ham-handed way in which the Texas Association of School Boards has communicated about their breach of personal information about Texas educators.

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Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. Via Edsurge : “ Connecticut School District Suspends Use of Summit Learning Platform.” ” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Directors vote to scale back Summit Learning program.” Blockchain , Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning.” (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan.

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Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” “Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps,” says The New York Times. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “With Student Interest Soaring, Berkeley Creates New Data-Sciences Division.” ” Social emotional learning ! Via Getting Smart : “Extending Social Emotional Learning into the Home.”

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” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. 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?

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 The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” That led to him announcing a $10 million fund specifically for learning applications. ” Via Techcrunch : “ Duolingo ’s chatbots help you learn a new language.” It includes all the buzzwords : competency-based education, personalized learning, and even blockchain! Data, Privacy, and Surveillance.

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” Via Edsurge : “ Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning.” ” 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. (National) Education Politics.

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. The accreditor: the Higher Learning Commission. Via The CBC : “Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake.” danah boyd has announced that she’ll be stepping down from running her research organization Data & Society. “Blame Big Data.”

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“Schools across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance – attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data,” according to Chalkbeat’s Matt Barnum. ” Via The Washington Post : “ Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China.” The learn-to-code company has raised $11.2

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Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). ” Via Cleveland.com : “National e-school figure to test new approach to online learning here in Ohio.” “ Are Universities Training Socially Minded Programmers? Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. " The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. “In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Tell me more about how the blockchain is going to “verify learning.” ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. (National) Education Politics.

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. 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.

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” A graphic essay in Fusion : “Betsy DeVos’ ‘ School Choice ’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.”

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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In addition to the anti-First Amendment supporter Thiel, Jackson also name-dropped her connections to David Horowitz , a long-time advocate for silencing left-learning professors on campus, in order to get her job. Via The New York Times Magazine : “What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn.” ” “One Standardized Tests Provider Looks to Gaming and Personalized Learning to Innovate Exams” – Edsurge on ETS.