Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. More than 80 percent of the edtech startups created in the past five years will not survive through 2020.

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

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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. Learn Capital is closing on a seed investment vehicle dubbed “ LearnStart ,” which has already invested in a Finnish company, 3DBear. million seed round to build a learning management system modeled after WhatsApp and Slack. Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The as-yet unnamed online university resulting from the proposed acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue University has set discounted tuition rates for in-state students and free tuition for Purdue employees.” ” The charter school, which is closing it doors, is the Merit Preparatory Charter School , run by “personalized learning” charter chain Matchbook Learning. (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 Conversation : “ Purdue-Kaplan deal blurs lines between for-profit and public colleges.”

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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.” Can Electrical Stimulation Help Us Learn?” “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12.

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The university will then begin augmenting its online offerings using machine learning and artificial intelligence products from Amazon. Over time, students will be able to customize their learning experiences using Amazon products such as Kindle and Echo’s Alexa assistant. So basically, Athabasca is making it possible for AWS to learn a lot about higher ed and, should it chose, launch new products to compete in the higher ed industry.

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Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. More on the for-profit formerly known as Kaplan University in the online education section below. ” This new school is a result of Purdue’s acquisition of the for-profit Kaplan University. Subscription boxes for teachers are somehow “ personalized learning.”

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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We Got It from Here.Thank You 4 Your Service (keynote): Combining insights from his own book and rap group A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Dr. Chistopher Edmin (Associate Professor at Teachers College Columbia University) uses history, practice and theory to explore education’s most pressing issues: a lack of diversity among teachers, challenges faced by educators of color, and absence of student voice in the learning design process. It’s that time of year again.

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Purdue University is buying Kaplan University for a dollar. Me, I wrote about how far Kaplan Inc ’s reach is in education politics and products. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” “How Can VR be Used for Learning?” Education Politics.

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” That’s the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam (a.k.a. Via Edsurge : “Why Donald Graham Sold Kaplan University to Purdue for $1.” He’s referring to “ personalized learning ,” but might as well be any buzzword when you frame the headline that way, bud.). ” No disclosure in the story that Edsurge shares investors with Knewton , nor that Pearson is, by way of Learn Capital, also an investor in Edsurge.

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Kaplan is closing Dev Bootcamp , a coding bootcamp it acquired in 2014. ” 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). Edsurge profiles “ personalized learning ” software used in a virtual school that has some 450 incarcerated students.

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “As Kaplan Sale Faces Final Hurdle, Purdue President Criticizes Faculty Opponents.” ” In other learn-to-code news, the press release says that “ Mattel Expands Partnership With Tynker , Setting Goal To Introduce 10 Million Kids To Coding By 2020.” Via Edsurge : “ Jefferson Education Accelerator Winds Down, Rebrands to Focus on Edtech Reviews and Procurement.”