AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Related: Not all towns are created equal, digitally.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

The Hechinger Report

The housing authority and the district, which manages the school, hired Big Picture Learning, a nationally recognized education nonprofit, to operate it. Related: Can high-poverty urban districts like Philadelphia close the digital divide?

Ditching the Weekly Bell Schedule to Create Flexibility for At-Risk Students

Edsurge

They help me learn by using my hands,” he says. That’s one of the ways I learn best.” Taos Academy Charter School, which serves 225 students in grades 5-12, uses a blended learning model to improve student outcomes across diverse measures such as student achievement, career and college readiness, and graduation rate. Through tailoring schedules to meet the needs of our students and their families, we’ve been able to support engagement and encourage ownership of learning.

3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support

Edsurge

During the 2015-16 school year, I visited schools across the nation to see how technology can transform teaching and learning. The “digital divide” is still very real. what makes the difference between using edtech to supplement the classroom experience and using it to transform learning? At the same time, in schools of all kinds, I’ve seen firsthand what others have called the digital use divide.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. This year, Digital Promise has proposed a record 15 (!) Applying Research to Truly Personalize Learning. One critical aspect of personalized learning is too often missing: the use of learning sciences research to best understand and reach each learner.

Next Generation Learning: Personalization

Neo LMS

The second in our New Generation Learning series focuses on personalization. Where last time we drew attention to schools that had made innovative leaps in assessment protocols, today we look at schools that are taking the design of personalized learning pathways seriously.

New Generation Learning: Personalization

Neo LMS

The second in our New Generation Learning series focuses on personalization. Where last time we drew attention to schools that had made innovative leaps in assessment protocols, today we look at schools that are taking the design of personalized learning pathways seriously.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” Digital Literacy and Responsibility.

OPINION: Do we really want computerized systems controlling the learning process?

The Hechinger Report

When you look closely at what people are saying about personalized learning, it becomes clear that people are using the term in very different ways. I quickly found that the conference organizers were thinking about personalization very differently than I was.

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. Public Schools, digital equity and access to technology at home is a very real problem. By Charles Sosnik.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Integrated platform enables personalized learning, streamlined communication with family and community engagement, and unified workflows. We are proud to unveil the K-12 New Learning Experience Platform,” said Stephanie Weeks, Vice President of K-12 Strategy for Blackboard.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. The Homework Gap is the cruelest part of the new digital divide.

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It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

But when was the last time you hear someone talk about racism or digital equity? At conferences, I’m always learning, and I try to engage as many attendees as possible in meaningful conversation. As my experiences grew, my personal learning network broadened and my perspectives became less myopic. I realized that talking pedagogy means very little if you don’t have a number of critical things in place before you get to the learning.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” ” that by 2019 half of all high school classes will be taught over the internet ; Raised questions about a new study on personalized learning ; Added four new incidents to the K-12 cyber incident map ; and. Summer.

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‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism

Edsurge

Big data, open spaces, employability, utilizing maker movements, balancing innovation and accountability, privacy, collaboration, closing the digital divide, personalized learning, and navigating the hostile political climate were just a few of the concerns the audience members brought up. Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy , danced around the same theme in a provocatively titled talk, “Will Robots Eat Your Job?”

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Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Less Confident in Ed-Tech Skills, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. For example: These teachers are far more likely than their less-confident counterparts to report daily use of digital curricula, learning management systems, and parent communication tools. .

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning.

Educators as Empowered Leaders (Blog 3 of 8 in the series on unpacking the ISTE Standards for Educators)

Tech Helpful

Leader-Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning. Educators: Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.

What Achieving Digital Equity Using Online Courses Could Look Like

MindShift

In our own time, advocates of online learning promise to level the educational playing fields with massive open online courses, MOOCs. Even when online learning is free, people with greater financial, social, and technological resources are better able to take advantage of these new opportunities. Technologies that truly democratize education should disproportionately benefit the students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access high-quality learning experiences.

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“Every student has different needs, different interests, different learning paths and different types of intelligence. So, why to teach them all the same?” – Pablo García-Brull, Spain

Daily Edventures

Students need to learn abilities that they are going to need in their future,” he says. “I I don’t believe that concepts are the most important to be learned — skills are more important. One of the ways García-Brull reaches his students is through game-based learning.

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Daily Edventures

Lawrence and her team are laser-focused on improving the accessibility and inclusive design of Microsoft’s products and services to make Universal Design for Learning (UDL) easier for educators to leverage. This creates a digital divide between students who do and do not have disabilities.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Neo LMS

She believes that every classroom can be a place for these educational adventures — or student-centered, passion-based learning experiences — despite the many challenges facing schools today. He knows pedagogy isn’t something to be forgotten in any digital endeavor. E-learning

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Edsurge

Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. Learn Capital is closing on a seed investment vehicle dubbed “ LearnStart ,” which has already invested in a Finnish company, 3DBear. It’s led by a tandem of familiar faces in the edtech investing scene: Learn Capital partner-and-everyman Michael Staton, and Don Burton, who has built his own portfolio of dozens of startups through his time running the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator and EDGE Edtech Accelerator.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Chalkbeat : “New early learning initiative brings Sesame Street lessons into Memphis classrooms.” ” Chalkbeat on the Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice : “‘If we don’t learn from this one, shame on us’: Lessons from a Detroit charter school that was set up to fail.” “Can Space Activate Learning?” Catapult Learning has acquired LifeShare USA.

Shaping the future

Learning with 'e's

Some would suspect this is a reference to the digital divide, the haves and have nots in our society. We know what technologies we can use to create excellent learning opportunities for the students in our care. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Social Media Revolution for School Librarians: Keynote Resources for CASL

The Daring Librarian

And on a personal note, can I say what a thrill and an honor it was to share the billing with The Unquiet Librarian: Buffy J. More cool stuffs can be found on my Daring Librarian Wiki , our MHMS Learning Wiki , and my Electronic portfolio.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. And in Edsurge, Amber Oliver and Michael Horn write , “Without the Right Curriculum , Personalized Learning Is Just Another Fad.” More on the Gates Foundation changes [in Education Week](With Latest Education Investments, Gates Pivots Again) and in Chalkbeat and on my personal blog. Chatterbug is a language learning startup.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Education Dive : “ Coursera ’s Tom Willerer talks personalization, access.” ” Willerer was previously at Netflix (just to give you an idea of the meaning of “personalization” in the headline). ” “ University of Michigan adds an automated text-analysis tool to a growing program intended to give more students a chance to learn through writing,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The learn-to-code company has raised $1.62

November 7 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

New additions to the already-amazing guest schedule are Henry Eyring on The Innovative University , Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age , and Cable Green on "public funding should equal openly-licensed resources." CodeNow: Teaching Programming, Narrowing the Digital Divide Pearson and Knewton: Big Data and the Promise of Personalized Learning The Open Course Library & the Quest for the $30 College Textbook

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

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition). Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning | Philly.com → Garnet Valley is a district in the vanguard of a nationwide movement to ditch traditional textbooks for open-source educational resources on the web. Tagged on: March 18, 2017 G Suite for Education Now Open for Personal Google Accounts, Outside Domains | Campus Technology → Raises privacy questions.

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Distraction 2 Reaction: BYOT (BYOD) Success!

EdTechSandyK

Challenges Current tech practices in schools do not support the demand for personalized learning. Digital media literacy continues to rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. Many activities related to learning and education take place outside walls of classroom. We used to hear about the digital divide. One participant in the session noted it''s easier to catch kids cheating digitally because the evidence is on the device.

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