ACT’s Latest Act: Investing in an Open-Source Assessment Startup

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Its latest act: making a strategic investment in Open Assessment Technologies (OAT), a San Francisco-based startup that offers open-source tools for building and delivering digital tests. Marc Oswald, co-founder and CEO of OAT OAT traces its origins to the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, which helped design and deliver the PISA assessments. million in New Markets Venture Partners, a Maryland-based venture capital firm that funds education technology startups.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

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And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). Education Technology Teaching & Learning Higher Education

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Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” ” Has technology solutionism ever been more heartbreaking?!

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Edsurge covers Clever ’s new product “Clever Goals,” which takes the data that the company gleans about student usage of technology and sells it back to schools. I don’t recall if I talked about Elsevier when I wrote about platforms as part of my 2017 review. Anyway, here’s Richard Smith on Elsevier and “A Big Brother future for science publishing.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Idaho Ed News quotes local high school students who protested the visit and their school’s reliance on technology. Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group. RELX is the former weapons dealer known as Reed Elsevier. Larry Cuban on “ Technological Monitoring of Student Work in a Classroom.”

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The Global Times reporting from China : “Schools adopt VR , among other technologies, to instill correct ideology in students.” NewSchools Venture Fund says it has $8 million in “new funding opportunities” for “creating innovative district and charter schools,” “building technology tools to better support student learning,” and “cultivating pipelines of diverse leaders in educaiton.” Elsevier has acquired bepress.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This story has me thinking a lot about “fake news” and education technology PR as misinformation. Edtech Companies?”

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Trump’s education platform promises to “make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enriched delivery models.” ” From the press release : “ Jisc Collections and Elsevier Sign Landmark UK Agreement, Securing Access to Research Publications and Initiating Open Science Collaboration.” Via Edsurge : “ New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund.”

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Paul LePage has called for a review of his state’s groundbreaking 1-to–1 student computing initiative, highlighting the growing pains nagging an educational-technology movement now well into its second decade.” ” Carl Straumsheim writes that “One of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’s most popular massive open online courses is adding a feature not seen in any of its other humanities MOOCs: instructors grading essays.”

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Here are the education technology companies that have raised money from ISPs. ” “ Elsevier Wants $15 Million Piracy Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen ,” says TorrentFreak. What’s his evidence that technology has not eliminated jobs – other than this weird insistence that there is no such thing as neoliberalism in ed-tech ? “​ Intel Hits Pause on Edtech Accelerator,” says Edsurge. Education Politics.

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” 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.” Via Edsurge : “NYC Keeps Its Edtech Accelerator Revving With New Funders and Markets.”

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” Remind me again, all you fans of VR in education, how this technology is going to promote empathy? ” “ State educational technology directors have outlined ambitious targets for increasing school bandwidth capacity in an effort to support digital learning and bridge the technology divide that exists in schools and in students’ homes,” says Education Week. Facebook’s entry into the education technology market will be pure and good.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The pilot, by the way, is at University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies. The “pioneer in the science of learning,” as Inside Higher Ed puts it , will help the technology company with its internal training program. I was wondering when #metoo would come to education technology.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. Via Edsurge : “ Jefferson Education Accelerator Winds Down, Rebrands to Focus on Edtech Reviews and Procurement.”

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” Via Infodocket : “ Louisiana State University is Suing Elsevier For Breach of Contract.” “ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. Techcrunch lists 11 technologies that “want to hack your brain.” ” Via Edsurge : “Why Moodle ’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades.” Education Politics.

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. Elsevier has acquired Hivebench. ” Edsurge reports on the latest survey from the Tyton Partners (paid for in part by the Gates Foundation) on the usage of technology in academic advising. (No Education Politics. I watched the results roll in from the Brexit referendum last night with great, great sadness.

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” Larry Cuban on “ Integrating Technology In Classrooms: Teach To One in a Oakland Charter School.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Communications Experts Criticize Elsevier - Florida Pilot.” Via Edsurge : “Three Rookie Mistakes That Edtech Entrepreneurs Make.” ” Via VC firm Reach Capital : “2016 Edtech Outlook.” Education Politics. “ New Education Law: Bipartisan No More.”

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