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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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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Cleon Franklin, a great innovator and former Director of Virtual Schools and Online Learning at Shelby County Schools, said a very interesting thing about what happens when you ungate students. Now imagine that it is possible via custom software and virtual world learning environments.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll. I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.”

Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! A Digital Learning Now report highlights digital backpacks as a solution for teachers who, without these tools, “have little visibility into the past performance of their students, what other teachers noted, or each learner’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs.”. Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:40.

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

Edsurge

This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. In an interview with EdSurge at the conference, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said he was excited to continue to lead the operation, which will retain the brand and operate as a division of Adecco, and gain better connection to industry partners through the new parent company.

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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?

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).

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Learning styles” in the White House: President Trump doesn’t read his daily intelligence briefings, gets oral briefings on “select” issues instead, because reading isn’t “his style of learning,” the @washingtonpost reports [link] — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 9, 2018. ” There’s more on Department of Education efforts to help the for-profit higher ed industry in the for-profit higher ed section below.

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” From the Bloomberg Editorial Board : “A Raw Deal From Betsy DeVos ” – “ Rolling back regulations on the for-profit college industry will cause the public pain.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China.” And there’s more on regulating the industry (or ya know, not) in the national politics section above.

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. ” Ref Rodriguez, like most of the current members of the LAUSD school board, has strong financial backing from the charter school industry. 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.”

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“ Artificial Intelligence: Could emerging technologies ‘humanize’ teaching & learning? “ Personalized learning ” – it’s simply the best idea that money can buy (that isn’t already being paid for by Salesforce, I guess).

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Also by me : “The Ivanka Trump Ed-Tech Industry Network.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning.” Edsurge on the Injini ed-tech accelerator in South Africa : “Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator.” ” “Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? (National) Education Politics.

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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 Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” Via The New York Times Magazine : “What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn.” Edsurge on the business of OER.

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“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.” ” The tech industry is still bullish on the business of tech training nonetheless. ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics.” (National) Education Politics.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Edsurge’s Jeff Young and Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill both asked industry analyst Trace Urdan for his take. I’m waiting for Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response, as she’s certainly unlikely to hype the industry angle and will surely raise the important issues surrounding equity, “lower ed,” and justice. ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.”

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Via The San Francisco Chronicle : “ Dev Bootcamp couldn’t tough out industry shakeout.” Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. edtech https://t.co/DOo11lof2f

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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. ” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter.

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” 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.” Via The Washington Post : “There’s a well-funded campus industry behind the Ann Coulter incident.”