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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

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. Are any education technologies, for that matter? Andreessen’s definition does begin to get at some of the reasons why platforms have been so appealing to investors – ideologically as much as technologically.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

Edsurge

Often in online courses students disappear and drop,” says Barbara Illowsky, dean of basic skills and online educational resources (OER) and a professor of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. “I’m 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.

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What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

Edsurge

The Global Medieval Sourcebook at Stanford University is bringing an expansive, OER mentality to the medieval canon, making reliable texts available for classroom use. There’s LC for Robots , which shows users how to do bulk downloads of bibliographic data from the collections, and serves up APIs for those who want to play around with essential digitized holdings such as Chronicling America and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

Emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, open education resources (OER), coding, and adaptive learning tools are moving more into the mainstream in some schools. Our learners will need to thrive and survive in a world that is almost impossible to predict thanks to exponential advances in technology. Automation and robotics are already disrupting the world of work, as we know it.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more. While students miss class for open lab, the teachers recognize the benefits of letting students explore technology to help them achieve both personal and educational goals.

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

If we look back on 2017 in educational technology, some of the biggest surprises were political and cultural. Another surprise was a turn in public perception of giant technology companies, especially Facebook and Google, as well as Twitter and Amazon. Cathy O’Neil’s criticism of data analytics’ misuse resonated with a large number of people. This movement asks us to rethink technology to address social problems in education and society.

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Inspiring Students: Bringing Awe Back to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Data from a recent Gallop Poll shared and analyzed by Dr. Scott McLeod shows what many of us know - students are disengaged, bored, and disempowered. In order to drive innovation there has to be a focus on changing learner needs, evolving technologies, changing the learning environment, and bold ideas. Some examples include augmented reality, virtual reality, open education resources (OER), adaptive tools, coding, drones/robotics, and gamification.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” ” 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. ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.” ” Around 35 professors, deans, provosts, program directors, presidents from several nations (mostly the US) and a variety of institutional types came together, some with very different levels of technological experience. Several participants pointed out limitations on faculty time which block creation and even adoption of OER.

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Via The MIT Technology Review : “Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees.” ” “ Coding Boot Camps Are in Trouble, but New York City Has a Plan to Shape Them Up,” says MIT Technology Review. (“The Plan” is really more of “ a report.”). The business of OER. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total.

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“Best Online Classes for Job Skills ,” according to MIT Technology Review. ” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. ” “OER is about to become for course planning what LMS is for grading,” which frankly sounds awful. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. “Where is Trump’s Cabinet ?”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. But new technology hasn’t made it easy.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” ” There are many departments at many universities where the ethics of technology is not just an add-on to an existing program.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week about privacy, data, monopoly power, and regulations. ” Via MIT Technology Review : “ DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech.” “ Was It Ethical for Dropbox to Share Customer Data with Scientists? “The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” Inside Higher Ed also looks at how data is being talked about at the higher ed ed-tech event. The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” The $1700 robot dog also requires a subscription plan. Robot stories are also Betteridge’s Law of Headlines stories, wouldn’t you know it? The robotics company, formerly known as play-i, has raised $78.34

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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. IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. ” Via TeacherCast : “Why Teachers Will Never Be Replaced By Robots.” Via Bill Fitzgerald : “Protecting Ourselves From the Equifax Data Breach, and Data Brokers in General.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Perhaps it should go in the “robots” section. “ Artificial Intelligence: Could emerging technologies ‘humanize’ teaching & learning? “ Will these four technology trends change education in India? ” Edsurge on the “Five Dangers of Data-Informed Student Nudging.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” 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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Via Education Week : “ Minecraft Party to Raise Money for Technology in Philly Schools.” ” Campus Technology rewrites the press release that Examity will be used for identify verification and proctoring in edX classes. “ Credly Receives Open Badges Certification ,” Campus Technology reports. Via NPR : “Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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 Inside Higher Ed : “Recently released federal data show that 17 percent of federal student debt holders are over the age of 50. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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The robot startup, formerly known as Play-i, has raised $35.9 Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. “The data we don’t store cannot be stolen from us,” founder Hadi Partovi writes in a blog post. Via the Sunlight Foundation : “A look at local education data policies.” Data and “Research” “ Global Ed Tech Startup Deals And Funding See An Uptick,” according to the latest report from investment analyst firm CB Insights.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Senators Introduce Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available (Preserving Data in Government Act).” For what it’s worth, according to the latest data from the NCES , the number of post-secondary institutions in the US has increased since 2011. Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.” ” There’s a data dashboard, so you know it simply has to be useful.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. And That Has Given It Some Eye-opening Data.” ” Speaking of predictions about the “future of work,” Campus Technology says that “ Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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” I tweeted that the DACA database is one of the most important issues in ed-tech right now, and if you’re an ed-tech entrepreneur who says “nobody in ed-tech tracks immigration data,” you need to GTFO. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won’t be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday.” “ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. Wolfram is launching a data repository.

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technologizing” the government. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Edsurge : “Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think.” Congrats to the education company Road Scholar for appearing in this Gizmodo story about how companies surreptitiously collect your data.

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But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. Meanwhile, Campus Technology offers “7 Tips for Listing MOOCs on Your Résumé.” “Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?”

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” Via Spectrum News : “Despite dearth of data, firms sell brain training as autism antidote.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Techcrunch : “ Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs.”

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And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). The Department of Education , under the auspices of “transparency,” promises more access to data about financial aid. “Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change ,” according to The Economist. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson to Lower Cost of E-Books, Textbooks.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” ISTE will start charging money to license its technology standards , the NETS , which it first released back in 1998.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The number of career colleges and the number of credentials they award have dropped by roughly 20 percent in the last four years, new data from the U.S. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. ” Perhaps protest Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab ? Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “In a Fight Against Depression , UCLA Relies on Technology.” Edsurge on the business of OER. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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“ The Office of Educational Technology Under DeVos” by Doug Levin. And more on data and research on student loan debt in the research section below. A report from VC firm GSV Acceleration : “It’s a Breakout: Capital Flows In the Learning and Talent Technology Market.” ” (Note what happens to the data.). Via Edsurge : “OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024.”

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