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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching


After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses. The colleges and companies offering MOOCs can be pretty guarded these days about releasing specific numbers on how many people enroll or pay for a “verified certificate” or microcredential showing they took the course.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained


The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology. CREATE – Collaboartion, Resources, Educate, Apps, Technology, Enriching. ICT – Information Communications Technology.

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New Technology Connects Jobseekers with Employers

Digital Promise

These were just some of the challenges addressed by innovative startups from across the western United States in the semi-finals of the 2018 Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESA), co-sponsored by Digital Promise and GSVlabs, and the Michelson Foundation on November 15.

MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?


residents honor the right of individuals to have their information removed. The biggest challenge a lot [of entities] are facing is that they’re trying to implement for a law that isn't yet in effect, and is broadly written,” says Matthew Johnson, a lawyer with Cooley who focuses on higher education institutions and edtech companies. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 For their part, some MOOC providers have already made steps towards compliance.


12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Technology is a huge part of our students’ lives. This is why teachers need to challenge students to find the strength to act nobly and use technology to make a positive impact on the world.

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology


This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. An abacus is an educational technology, as is the slide rule. MOOCs.

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As Grad Degrees And Credentials Boom, Prestigious Schools Are Winning


According to data from Burning Glass Technologies, 19 percent of U.S. The master’s degree market is also a hotbed of innovation, as some of the world’s top universities are now experimenting with MOOC-based degrees at substantially lower price points.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries


It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. KiraKira : The all-female team at KiraKira has a big goal in mind: get more girls interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Instead, Learnmetrics aggregates data that a district might have on, for example, student performance and translates the information into actionable metrics. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business

?Edtech is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement


But the technology itself was not my concern. What did bother me, however, was how many of these technologies were only adding a digital component to the same learning practices teachers used when I was a student there just a few years ago. And in the process of trying to educate myself on the matter, I’ve come to a scary realization: Edtech is trapped in Ben Bloom’s basement. Education Technology Student Voice Community

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe


Dreamit Edtech network to get their “lemon lists” of concepts, statements, and business models that edtech entrepreneurs may want to think twice—or thrice—about. Chatbots are hip and cool these days and, while I agree that they have a lot of potential, most of the pitches are simply applications that turn IBM Watson’s natural language processing technology loose on a university’s existing FAQ page. MOOCs or General Assembly for country X.

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15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018


While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. That’s why we’ve also highlighted a few here that we don’t want you to miss, from complicated community college turnarounds to where IKEA and edtech overlap.

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Got Action Plan?

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Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed. Instructional technology coaches are in the unique position to help their peers and understand that they cannot take on the role of the expert. Keep being an #edtech ‘superhero’ ~ Lisa Hervey.


The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote


” The idea, though, that the kids had separated from technology was ridiculous as Justin shows a YouTube video on how to make a rainbow loom starbust bracelet that has been viewed over 30 million times! As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs.

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Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Preferential admissions says if you somehow manage to navigate all those other legacies of slavery – wealth disparities, income disparities, information disparities – then we will give you additional consideration in admissions. Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. MOOCs. ” Information warfare.

A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology

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A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology. Keeping up with technology is impossible, even for blogs like Mashable, Engadget, and Techcrunch that do it for a living. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC). 1:1 Technology. Informal Learning.

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Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig—From the EdSurge Jobs Team


Looking for a job can be daunting, particularly if you are pivoting to a new role or switching industries, like those folks coming into the edtech space. Over the years of running the EdSurge edtech jobs board, we’ve collected some helpful tips and resources for finding your dream edtech job. Building Hard Skills: There are so many courses nowadays (online, especially—thanks edtech!) Check out our growing list of MOOCs and Courses on the EdSurge Index.

For Students, the Convenience of Smartphones ‘Comes at a Steep Price’


This article is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Recently, we asked Dintersmith for his thoughts on the decade in edtech, as someone who’s seen a fair number of sides of it. EdSurge : What technology has been the most disappointing?

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning


Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people." He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Our technology is our ideology,” Siemens says.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

There is something about throwing technology in the mix that demands people set aside critical faculty. I would take this one step further — the dominant paradigm of EdTech keynotes is not either dystopian or utopian , but giving the audience the utopia or dystopia they desire.

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. education edtech innovation teaching

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On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

There is something about throwing technology in the mix that demands people set aside critical faculty. I would take this one step further — the dominant paradigm of EdTech keynotes is not either dystopian or utopian , but giving the audience the utopia or dystopia they desire.

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Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

New applications and technologies are now embedded into practically every aspect of the learning experience. Right now, both the technologies and the educators valiantly deploying these new methods are falling short of supporting the quantified learner. Technology #edtech assessment

The Road to Disastrous Educational Businesses Is Paved With Good Intentions


The hallmark of successful investment decision making is to approach an opportunity with an openness to new information. To their credit, both of the leading commercial MOOCs—Udacity and Coursera—have undertaken significant pivots to their initially flawed business models. Knee is a professor of professional practice and codirector of the media and technology program at Columbia Business School. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business

Income Share Agreements Dominate Y Combinator’s Latest Education Graduates


Here’s a look at the latest edtech crop. Applicants use the company website to request a certain amount and provide information, then receive a quote from Blair. He co-founded and served as chief technology officer at TeacherTalent.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Incorporating technology in the classroom has paved the way for a myriad of innovative methods and practices that are aimed at improving upon teaching structures of the past. Neil Rickus ; EdTech Consultant & Former Teacher. Ensure technology enhances learning.

29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU


Every year in March the edtech world descends on Austin for SXSW EDU, a conference that’s become as much about classroom practice and implementation as entrepreneurship and tech innovation. Can Evidence Even Keep Up with Edtech? Speakers from Newsela, New Market Venture Partners and Academic Business Advisors open up about how the lightning-fast pace of edtech development requires companies to produce evidence for schools in a shortened time frame.


Designing Organizations to Support Tech on Campus #SXSWedu


Kim: Transform teaching & learning at MIT around the globe through the use of digital technology. MOOCs, technology infusion projects, online masters or pathways to credit, research. Must focus on evidence based practices as we incorporate technology.

Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution

TeachThought - Learn better.

” 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

How Can We Use Google Maps and Google Earth Creatively With Students? | #PodcastPD


The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit Kurt uses technology throughout his curriculum to create durable learning experiences that are both rigorous and transformative to prepare his students for success in an ever changing world. He has lead technology groups and provided considerable training and support as they implemented a 1:1 environment.

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How a Parody Twitter Account Helps Decode the Hulking Educause Conference (And What to Expect This Year)


It’s time once again for The Hulk of edtech conferences— Educause , which kicks off fully on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif. Bringing Adaptive Technology in the Classroom to Larger Scale through Academic Collaboration with Thomas Cavanagh (University of Central Florida), Constance Johnson (Colorado Technical University) and Christi Ford (University of Maryland University College) Friday. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt


When there’s a need for information or new skills, employees today are increasingly turning to instantly accessible sources such as search engines and online course libraries available on their mobile devices. Information today is pushed so quickly at people that the landscape has fundamentally changed.” Well-funded MOOC providers Coursera, Udacity and EdX have evolved their business models to focus squarely on corporate learning and serving professionals seeking credentials.

What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. Things are already starting to move this way with the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs). What is the future of technology in education? Blog digital divide edtech

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation


This is especially the case when it comes to education technology and curricular innovation. DIG has received a steady flow of inquiries and visits from peer universities and edtech innovators. We offer our colleagues at peer institutions and edtech companies nine considerations for cultivating innovation on campus and beyond. Worrying over questions about culture, data and technology could easily constrain our thinking from the start.

Practicing the Principles of Connected Learning

Educator Innovator

New media educator Howard Rheingold interviews educator Kevin Hodgson about connected learning and how educators enact its principles with technology. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts, and technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing project.