VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

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In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year , and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. I’ve seen the students in my own school get pretty excited about the robots they’ve built and programmed with code. High Hope #4: Cleanly Curated Open Education Resources In order for high quality OERs to be combined with high quality instructional design, teachers need tools that allow them to curate the resources.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. They had a bee robot that they learned to program to better understand bee behaviors. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Kibby also criticized Ferreira’s highly abstract and “complex” public statements about Knewton’s technology (referencing one NPR interview in which the former CEO called Knewton “ a robot tutor in the sky ”). Knewton’s pitch is that its mix of OER and an adaptive-learning system will set it apart. OER will commoditize education content.

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

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I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians!

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via NPR : “Hi, Robot : Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley.” ” “A robot called Bina48 has successfully taken a course in the philosophy of love at Notre Dame de Namur University , in California,” Inside Higher Ed reports. It’s good to note when people describe things as “algorithmic decision making” and when they blame robots.). Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2

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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. Techcrunch says that “ EdTech is having a renaissance , powered by the emerging world.” ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” “ Robot abuse ”?!

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The business of OER. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total. ” Via EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin : “The COPPA Rule, FERPA , and the Security of Student Data.” From investors Chian Gong and Jennifer Carolan, writing in Edsurge : “ Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “ Teaching assistant robots will reinvent academia,” Times Higher Education claims. Because the future of robots and ed-tech is a future for affluent classrooms.

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“Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Via the Getting Smart blog : “Incubating EdTech: AT&T Announces 4th Aspire Accelerator Class.” See also, from the press release : “ ETS and LearnLaunch to Fund Edtech Startups.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Perhaps it should go in the “robots” section. Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Wired : “ Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery.”

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“ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? ” (Note: there’s a response to this article by Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel, who builds teaching chat-bots, in the “robots” section below. Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Edsurge on the Injini ed-tech accelerator in South Africa : “Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” “Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State?

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. ” Via TeacherCast : “Why Teachers Will Never Be Replaced By Robots.” ” Inside Higher Ed on Robot-Proof : “Northeastern president discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.” (National) Education Politics.

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The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” The $1700 robot dog also requires a subscription plan. Robot stories are also Betteridge’s Law of Headlines stories, wouldn’t you know it? The robotics company, formerly known as play-i, has raised $78.34 Kano Computing has raised $28 million for its learn-to-code robotics kits. (National) Education Politics.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.

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” “Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe,” according to an investor in Edsurge. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Edsurge : “Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Last year Achieving the Dream began a $9.8-million project to use open educational resources (OER) to create degree programs at 38 community colleges. (National) Education Politics.

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Via Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” Edsurge on the business of OER. Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company." Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Tarena International has acquired the K–12 robotics company Wuhan Haoxiaozi Robot Technology (a.k.a.

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” 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. “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.

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Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER” by Stephen Downes. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access” by David Wiley. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. This Edtech Company Says It Uses AI. (National) Education Politics.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Perhaps this will help the Grovo fellows: “Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig – From the EdSurge Jobs Team.” IHE ed-tech blogger Joshua Kim wonders “Who Exactly Holds This Neoliberal EdTech Ideology ?” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via CNBC : “Google exec, Mark Cuban agree that these college majors are the most robot-resistant.” Education Politics.

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Via NPR : “Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition.” ” The New York Times reports that “ Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. His wife is the co-founder of OER organization CK–12.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Let Robots Teach American Schoolkids ,” says George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen. More on robots in the contest section above.

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Common Sense Media : “2018 State of EdTech Privacy Report.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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The robot startup, formerly known as Play-i, has raised $35.9 According to Edsurge’s calculations , “US Edtech Brings in $122M in June.” ” Phil Hill also weighs in on the latest Babson survey on OER. Presidential Campaign Politics. Convention Week #2. This time, it was the Democrats ’ turn. Higher ed showed up in Hillary Clinton ’s acceptance speech Thursday night, including a mention of her plans to make school debt-free.

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“Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “How Robots Will Save Liberal Education.” Via Campus Technology : “ MIT , Segway Robotics Hackathon Focuses on Eldercare.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Phishing Season: Widespread Email Scam Targets Schools, Edtech Companies.” Education Politics.

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” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. ” Via Edsurge : “Why Moodle ’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. For more news about robots not taking jobs, see the HR section above. Education Politics.

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” “ No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal,” Edsurge frets. ” Via Edsurge : “ EDUCAUSE Adds Emerging Edtech Membership for Small Companies, Hints at Overhaul.” Via Edsurge : “OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024.” Via Edsurge : “ Massive Data Breaches , Billions in Wasted Funds: Who Is Holding Edtech Vendors Accountable?”

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. edtech https://t.co/DOo11lof2f “US Edtech Brings in $225M in May.” Education Politics.

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