Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. Taking a more critical look at edtech.

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A Test Worth Teaching To? How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT

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Kantar is herself most attuned to the learning science and AI aspects of the assessment technology, but she has a team that is collectively skilled in psychometrics, education, machine learning (including cheating prevention), gaming, computer science and cybersecurity. Education Technology Startups Edtech BusinessRebecca Kantar is fighting an uphill battle. She says so herself.

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

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Out of the top ten favorite edtech tools chosen by educators in 2015,* five of them were chosen because they "allowed student independence" or "captured student engagement.". Education Technology Language Arts Technology in School

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition).

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Sources of Hope for Education Technology in 2018

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I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018. The most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children in this nation involve other technologies. Many education technology companies do the opposite: they deepen the moat around the castles of affluence. Many education technology companies do the opposite: they deepen the moat around the castles of affluence.

Top 10 Ways to Involve Parents by Using EdTech

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Educational technology is an effective way to communicate with parents. With technology being the norm in today’s society, why not use it as a way to keep parents informed about their child’s grades, assignments, events, etc. I used educational technology to communicate and support my families every year when I was a classroom teacher. The post Top 10 Ways to Involve Parents by Using EdTech appeared first on EdTechTeam.

Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution

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” Competency-Based Education isn’t necessarily an innovation, but a move to Competency-Based Education can lead to other innovations–using technology to personalize a student’s navigation of to-be-mastered content, for example. Technology higher ed innovation

The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

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Eventually, I was able to find all but three of my 11 textbooks for my master’s degree in educational technology freely available on the library website, not to mention plenty of other materials (e.g., In addition to better collaboration and communication throughout the university, there are a number of edtech companies out there that synthesize the process for you. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Why Education Power Trumps Voice

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Speaking on a panel about making edtech companies more diverse and inclusive, Moncayo was joined by Carolina Huaranca, Principal at Kapor Capital. She offered a not-so-subtle jab at a startup that she believes is widening achievement and opportunity gaps: “There’s an edtech company, which I will not name, that’s raised oversubscribed [funding] rounds.It’s s built brick-and-mortar schools that are very expensive, along with proprietary technology.” (Any Parents and kids.

The Lone Ranger Rides Again at ASU+GSV

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The ASU+GSV conference in San Diego—where more than 4,000 people gathered this month from the education, edtech, publishing, venture capital and private equity sectors—is a hard conference to describe to typical education professionals, or to teachers who are on strike in states across the country. Education Technology

Why education is really a relationship business

eSchool News

For all our conversations about edtech and curriculum and funding and unions and building schools and transportation and testing and every other thing, education is about people.

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” ” “A Conveyor Belt of Dropouts and Debt at For-Profit Colleges ” by Susan Dynarski. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.”

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Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” ” Via EdScoop : “ USC launches edtech research center focused on underrepresented youth.” ” Via Education Week : “In hurricanes ’ aftermath, technology eases return to school.” ” This, from Edsurge , is pretty awful: “Why Edtech Executives Are Keeping a Close Eye on Preschool Demographics.”

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” Oh, how very different “the politics of education (technology)” drumbeat sounds from some ed-tech publications: Trump will mean more “ innovation ” in higher ed, according to eCampus News. Via Campus Technology : “ AP Exam Pass Rates Rise Even as Participation Doubles.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via ProPublica : “‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System.”

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Via eCampus News : “Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion ?” VR “comes of age,” says Campus Technology. ” Via Campus Technology : “New Education Think Tank Debuts, Offering Online News and Research.” ” Via The MIT Technology Review : “Big Questions Around Facebook’s Suicide-Prevention Tools.” Via Campus Technology : “ Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending to Double in 2017.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Susan Crawrford argues “Why Universities Need ‘Public Interest Technology’ Courses.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ South Carolina technical colleges received formal permission on Wednesday to offer bachelor’s degrees in advanced manufacturing technology.” despite having Arizona ’s third-highest dropout rate.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. It would be great to see education technology organizations also turn away this money, knowing that – if nothing else – children and families are harmed by anti-immigration policies and practices. Bless this headline ( from The 74 ) ’s heart: “Educators & Experts Say Personalized Learning Is Not About Technology or Money but Leadership and Relationships.”

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” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. Via The Salt Lake Tribune : “Lawmaker: Utah ‘s veteran educators may need to ’die off ’ before technology fills classrooms.” “ Is higher ed creating the next dropout factories? (National) Education Politics.

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” Via EdScoop : “Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows.” Meanwhile, the state has given initial approval for ECOT to become a “dropout school.” “ Can Technology-augmented Academic Advising Improve College Graduation Rates? ” A new report from Data & Society : “ Privacy, Security, and Digital Inequality – How Technology Experiences and Resources Vary by Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity.”

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” Via eCampus News : “The 2 edtech fields with the most potential under Trump.” Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” Via GeekWire : “ Amazon Education GM leaves; company says it ‘remains committed’ to K–12 technology.” Via Campus Technology : “ Johns Hopkins U Website Ranks K-12 Reading, Math Programs Under ESSA Standards.”

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“ Cory Reid , who previously ran two edtech companies – Instructure and MasteryConnect – as their chief executive, has landed a new gig at Tyton Partners,” says Edsurge , failing to disclose that it shares investors with MasteryConnect. ” “A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin ” by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel. (National) Education Politics.