Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

?Invasive or Informative? Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics

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Professors can easily integrate the platform into an LMS, allow students to engage with one another and course material online, and faculty see data on how student are learning. Technology staff at UC Berkeley said they didn’t know that was happening, though, since teachers were finding the tool on their own instead of a going through a university contract. But data gaps could inhibit some technologies from achieving their aims. “A I’m here to fail and learn on my own.”

9 Educational Technologies That are Most Exciting Right Now (2016-17 Update)

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As we Settle into Another new School Year, These Technologies are Poised to Make a Difference I find it fun this time of year to think about how things have evolved since we started the last school.

Is edtech a win-win solution for students and educators?

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Success may mean different things to different people and the future can at most be predicted — unknown for sure — but there’s one thing I think we can all agree upon: technology will play an important role in many aspects of the lives of adults in the future. Students win with edtech.

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5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

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Technology is fast reshaping the education landscape. The Journal’s 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey reveals that 87% of educators , agree that technology has positively impacted their ability to teach. The survey also found that 96% of respondents say that technology will play a positive role in the future of education. From using YouTube to learning platforms , technology is increasingly enmeshed with the modern classroom. Learning Analytics.

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Education Technology Thought Leader Interview – D2L Founder & CEO John Baker

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D2L is a recognized innovator in the Learning Management System market space, regularly incorporating emerging technologies in their flagship LMS, recently renamed “Brightspace“ In this. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Education Technology Trends for 2017: An Interview With Martin McKay.

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Martin McKay is the Chief Technology officer and one of the founders of Texthelp Inc. He directs all research and development at Texthelp with a focus on developing new technologies to assist people who struggle with reading and writing. What about Machine Learning?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

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Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – 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 10 Edition). fund to boost technology for kids | Belgrade News → The idea behind the initiative is to set up every student in the district with their own computing device.

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Life After Merger: When Edtech Acquisitions Go Sour

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For curriculum management startup UClass , which was acquired last year by Renaissance Learning , the relationship has been less than symbiotic, demonstrating there are growing pains even after a company has “exited.” “I 1, 2016, former UClass CEO Zak Ringelstein filed a lawsuit against Renaissance Learning, claiming that Renaissance had removed his management responsibilities, left him with essentially no role and is now denying him the stocks and severance payments he was promised.

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15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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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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New Higher-Ed ‘Matchmaking’ Event Aims to Bridge Education Technology Silos

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A pair of consultants who run a popular edtech blog plan to start offering events—in hopes of getting people at colleges and companies who don’t usually talk to each other to join forces on innovative teaching efforts. The consultants—Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill—are best known for the blog they co-publish, e-Literate , and for their coverage of the many existing edtech meetings held by vendors and associations. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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

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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." A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. 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.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

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Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. There will be an increasing demand for skilled learning designers. On-campus Edtech. TL;DR.

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There’s a reason why teachers don’t use the software provided by their districts

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The source of the headline is a recent report by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Learning Analytics. Baker analyzed data from BrightBytes, a K-12 data management company, on students’ technology usage across 48 districts. To be clear, not all software is high quality, which means teachers may have good reason to not adopt some software products that fail to deliver positive student learning outcomes.

MinecraftEdu Creators Struggle to Find a Second Hit

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Created in 2011 by Koivisto, Aleksi Postari, the current chief technology officer, and New York teacher Joel Levin, MinecraftEdu was a rare hit, in terms of a commercial game that found success in the classroom. The company creates a curriculum and lesson plans around each game and offers learning analytics, showing how games are being used. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

ACT Bets Big on Analytics, Adaptive Learning With $7.5M Investment in Smart Sparrow

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In recent years, the nonprofit has invested in several education technology efforts around learning analytics and adaptive learning. Roorda wants the ACT to become more involved in the learning process, and provide more analytics solutions to teachers and students. Roorda thinks that’s important as part of his goal to make the ACT’s learning solutions fully adaptive. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. There will be an increasing demand for skilled learning designers. On-campus Edtech. TL;DR.

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Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

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Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast , and co-host Thomas Cavanagh says he is driven by his quest to figure out one of the grand challenges of higher education: how to use technology to raise the quality of instruction while lowering costs.

Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For?

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But easy to forget is that technology is not in itself a solution. million hours of technology usage by 390,000 students across 48 U.S. School leaders expect students and teachers to be using their licensed apps all the time, says Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. Many apps, independent of how long or often students use them, have no relationship to learning outcomes.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

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In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. The goal of the software giveaway is to jump-start “learning engineering,” the practice of applying findings from learning science to college classrooms.

Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month

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teachers were stressed out about logging in to the point where some would just give up on using technology and go back to their regular pen and paper process. In his 16 years of working in IT, Tam Nguyen has grown uncomfortably familiar with these types of calls and the resulting reluctance of teachers to adopt new technologies. This technology allows students and staff to access multiple applications and resources with a single username and password.

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Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.

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That broader project, called the Empirical Educator Project, was started a year ago by e-Literate, a blog run by two longtime edtech consultants, Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill. The IRB hack at Duke was something that emerged there about six months ago as a project of a Learning Innovation team, says Kim Manturuk, associate director of research, evaluation, and development at Duke University. Education Technology Teaching & Learning

To Bring Analytics to College Classrooms, New Effort Starts With ‘Data Laundry’

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A consortium of 25 universities unveiled a new platform last month that will pull in information from systems across campus to bring richer analytics to college classrooms. But they hope to create a process that others can use, and to push edtech companies to more closely follow standards so that there’s less cleaning work needed. And Unizin requires companies to follow technical data standards called Caliper Analytics , developed by a nonprofit group called IMS Global. “We’re

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What are this year’s top trends at SXSW EDU?

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Connecting leaders across the learning lifecycle and around the world, SXSW EDU serves as a melting pot for the latest approaches to education. What follows is a curated list of the top 10 trends impacting teaching and learning as exhibited in the programming at SXSW EDU 2019.

4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

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From learning analytics tools providing students with instant feedback on their work to virtual reality facilitating field trips to faraway lands to 3D printers filling makerspaces, the classroom looks quite a bit different than it did just five years ago.

How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

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This is especially the case when it comes to education technology and curricular innovation. In 2015 the University of Michigan established the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) as part of the Office Of Academic Innovation—a group charged with fostering a culture of innovation in learning in order to reimagine the 21st century public research university. DIG has received a steady flow of inquiries and visits from peer universities and edtech innovators.

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment. Today’s students are studying and learning differently – a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. Further, research validates the use of mobile technology in education.

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

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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. is interacting with a college’s learning management system, or when a prospective student in Europe applies for admission to a U.S. Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

?Updates, Upgrades and Overheard: What Was Unveiled at ISTE 2017

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Flocks of educators and entrepreneurs have made their way down to San Antonio this week for the mecca of edtech conferences, hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education—better known as ISTE. Upgrades also include Smarty Ants Español, a program designed to help K-2 Spanish-speaking students learn how to read in Spanish. the game-based learning platform, is going mobile. Education Technology Events Community

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

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It’s time once again for The Hulk of edtech conferences— Educause , which kicks off fully on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif. Improving Learning and Teaching with Learning Analytics: What Do Teachers Want? Open Badges Update and the IMS Global Open Badges Extensions in Education Project with Brenda Perea (Colorado Community College System), Mark Leuba (IMS Global Learning Consortium), Anthony Newman (Purdue University), Jonathan Finkelstein (Credly).

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

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It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Small companies like Acrobatiq, OpenStax and Smart Sparrow—the platform behind HabWorlds—and edtech veterans including Pearson and McGraw-Hill are racing to to develop complete courses that faculty can implement immediately. George Siemens, a researcher and digital learning theorist, has a problem with that. “We

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

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There is every reason to expect that both entrepreneurs and enterprising educators will continue to generate new and compelling ideas about how to effectively address the challenges facing public education through technology, and for this we should remain optimistic and hopeful. Yet, at the same time, we must remain clear-eyed and recognize the ways in which technology also introduces new issues and potential threats to the promise of public education.

The Weaponization of Education Data

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In education, there were breaches at colleges and universities, breaches at K–12 schools, breaches at the Department of Education, breaches at education technology companies, and breaches with software schools commonly use. Education Technology in a Time of Trump.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. 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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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). Via Campus Technology : “Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed.” Because technology imperialism. The third: lifelong learning.