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Adult Learners Need Their Own EdTech Tools, Ed Department Report Finds

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To help adult learners, edtech tools should be designed for their needs and goals, support them in virtually communicating with instructors and classmates and offer them a smooth mobile experience, according to a new report published on behalf of the U.S.

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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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How Will the Presidential Election Results Influence Education Technology in Schools?

Doug Levin

How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? ” The Hechinger Report. Will schools continue to accelerate the pace of blended learning – which incorporates technology into classes along with in-person instruction? Will states enable schools to pursue personalized learning strategies, which make use of technology to create custom-fit lessons for students? Doug Levin, president of the consulting firm EdTech Strategies, is worried.

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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The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

iterating toward openness

There is much that’s wrong with the educational technology (“edtech”) market. However, I’m positive that in the updated version of the EdTech Bible, Corinthians 13:13 ends “the greatest of these is charity scale.”

The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.

Edsurge

The story behind the latest Horizon Report —which ranks tech trends in higher education—is easily more dramatic than the document’s actual conclusions. A panel of 71 experts convened by the New Media Consortium worked for months to dig through research and make recommendations for this year’s report, following a process that had been honed over several years. It was really important to us that it have not just the look, but that it also read and felt like a Horizon Report.”

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. additions to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map , including a couple of new TV news reports of the same. They need technology to collect and analyze the data.

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Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

Future revenue in the $33 billion e-learning market is expected to fall precipitously in the United States and internationally, but sales of other types of digital learning products are predicted to rise, according to a market research report released recently. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

edWeb.net

Report highlights. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. Of course, states are investing in technology devices and infrastructure, but also in data-driven learning. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

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

Doug Levin

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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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

Edsurge

In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

While opportunities to advance technology-enabled or -enhanced school reform and improvement efforts appear throughout ESSA (and are in no way precluded as a strategy anywhere in the bill), it is Title IV that presents the most direct opportunity for state leadership.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

The Layers of ESSA: Educational Technology in Title IV – 21st Century Schools, Part A. K-12 educational technology policy. educational technology policy should be over the coming four years (when the law will next come due to be reauthorized).

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

Encourage students create a doll of themselves by using ratios, proportions and technology. First, I was specifically searching for a math-related spark since so many math teachers struggle with integrating technology.

Amazon’s Education Hub, Amazon Inspire, Has Quietly Restored ‘Sharing’ Function

Edsurge

As a report in The New York Times noted, Amazon appeared to have opened the site without a system in place to review whether users were violating copyright when they uploaded materials—systems that are standard on other collections of user-generated content. Under every resource, users can click “report an issue” if they see something they believe violates copyright, she added. Amazon officials say no one has reported any issues since the sharing feature was reinstated.

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

Edsurge

In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies. Young contributed to this report.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. It is a software application that helps you create, track, and report training programme or educational courses anywhere using any device. The technology is a driving force for the consultation industry wherein they specialize in training and staffing.

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Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators

Edsurge

Back in February, an EdWeek Market brief reported that Amazon Education was starting to beta-test a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (or OERs, for short). A free, mostly-OER platform (see below for why it’s “mostly OER”), Amazon Inspire works like a search engine for educational videos, lesson plans and games. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. Eventually, I was able to find all but three of my 11 textbooks for my master’s degree in educational technology freely available on the library website, not to mention plenty of other materials (e.g., In addition to better collaboration and communication throughout the university, there are a number of edtech companies out there that synthesize the process for you.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St.

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

Edsurge

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). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. In February of 2014, Obama rounded up technology donations worth more than a $1 billion from U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.”

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

The ISTE conference isn’t the biggest edtech conference in the world by sheer luck. It brings together K-12 educators, companies, reporters, university professors, and students to talk about product announcements, implementation strategies and edtech trends. It’s rare that you have the ability to to take consumer technology and offer it to schools,” he said. Education Technology Events Community

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

We’re breaking out our barbeque bibs, pulling out our reporter’s notebooks and heading down to Austin for SXSWedu. But the technology lends a question: to what extent should educational products make assumptions about a user’s end goal? Speakers from University of Virginia, University of Maryland, MIT and University of Pennsylvania will share what works, what doesn’t and how they have built structures to support technology initiatives on their campuses.

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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. Borrowing a reporter’s notebook, he drew a diagram of the traditional system, where the dollars flow from the federal government to colleges, while debt flows to the student. education technology investors is creating a new fund to support deals overseas. It celebrates the significant number of women and leaders of color heading up edtech companies.

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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

. When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. Today, the tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face about technology — whether free or for a fee — are more complex and troubling.

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Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

A 2018 study conducted by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) highlights schools in 9 states that have already started to implement interoperable systems with promising results. It also helps schools reach goals like higher student success, better data analysis, more robust cybersecurity and easier access to education technology, the report’s authors explain. SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!

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HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

NeverEndingSearch

The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The Department of Education’s Chief Privacy Officer Kathleen Styles has been “reassigned,” Education Week reports. Perhaps this should go in the “reports” section.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Education Week reports that , in front of a room full of CEOs, Secretary of Education Betsy "DeVos argued that 65 percent of today’s kindergartners will end up in jobs that haven’t even been created yet." ” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” “ Kansas lawmakers, trying to head off a court shutdown of the state’s public schools, have increased aid to poor districts by $38 million,” NPR reports. ” (Related, via the US News & World Report : “Women Losing Out on Career and Technical Education.”). edtech https://t.co/DOo11lof2f

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “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. Research, “Research,” and Reports.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Elsewhere in North Carolina , Dana Goldstein reports for The NYT on “What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School.” An update from LA School Report on Tuesday’s primary elections in California : “California primary results: Newsom and Cox advance to November’s gubernatorial race; Tuck leads Thurmond in battle for state superintendent.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

technologizing” the government. Via The LA School Report : “ LAUSD approves $7.5 ” “ Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban the Box,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” “Students’ Rising Expectations Pose Challenge to Online Programs ,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.).