6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Districts having success in this area have comprehensive refresh plans, work with high quality partners, build relationships with local businesses, work diligently to receive grants, and leverage a variety of open educational resources (OERs). Commit to Leveraging Social Media and Telling Your Great Story! This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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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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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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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition). This includes legislation and regulations relating to open educational resources (OER), textbook costs, and digital course materials across all levels of education. EdTech News News news

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

These future teachers will be able to program starting points and requirements, and masterfully inject social collaboration along the way. Confusion about quality and actual rigor are added by the OER preferential language of both the federal government and the states. In the education social media platform Knowstory, little light bulbs are used as the ratings symbol. Digital Learning Featured Technology EdTech LeiLani CauthenBy LeiLani Cauthen.

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

Shake Up Learning

The platform gives teachers and administrators the flexibility to mix and match content from a growing number of open educational resources (OER), to digitize existing content, or to build their own. Teachers, administrators and students love ASSISTments because it is flexible to their needs, helps make valuable class time more effective, and is compatible with Google Classroom and other OER such as EngageNY, Illustrative Mathematics and Utah Math.”

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

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Blog EdTech News News new

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ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

NeverEndingSearch

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! For me, ISTE is the ultimate professional development conference to catch up on the latest in EdTech, collaborate with old and new friends, and to spend time with my people. ISTE both thrills and overwhelms me.

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Meet Some Heroes at This Week's Connected Educator Cafe Sessions

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Esther Wojcicki : Educator, journalist, IT & OER consultant. Wednesday, October 23 "Innovating STEM and Literacy" Yovel Badash : Author of No Child Held Back Jim Vanides : Global Social Innovation Program Manager @hp; #edtech blogger [link] , #STEM advocate, educator, technologist, & avid photographer. This week we continue our evening Connected Cafe sessions nightly from 7:30 to 8:30 PM US-Eastern Daylight Time.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

How do teachers transfer face to face social, emotional, and 21st century skill-based learning to the online and blended environment? As we all enter a new school year, the idea of Blended Learning may become necessary in those classrooms that need to incorporate social distancing.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Related to this development was the rise of what I think of as Social Justice Edtech. This movement asks us to rethink technology to address social problems in education and society. They argue that putatively equitable technologies actually reinstate social inequalities. They worry that the pedagogical benefits of having students participate in the open web and/or social media might be cancelled out by trolls, hate speech and other forms of online abuse.

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Final Schedule + Speakers Posted - Join Us for "Library as Classroom" Mini Conference This Wednesday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

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The New Media Consortium announced in an email to its members that it would be immediately shutting down. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Student blasts Georgia Tech for monitoring his social media accounts, including details about his travel plans and activist work on campus.” Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan.

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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. Via Edsurge : “Global Investors Launch New Edtech Funds: Exceed Capital and HighGrade Ventures.”

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

https://technologyrescue.eventbrite.com March 14th, 7pm US-Eastern: Webinar: Using EdTech to Supercharge Student Inquiry and Multimedia Literacy Skills This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the event link. In the digital age, inquiry and problem-solving can span across a range of media and tools. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Content and Curriculum Creator, Project Explorer Creating OER-s and Interactive STEM Applications in Mathematics Higher Education , Lucie Mingla Math Educator, New York City College of Technology, CUNY Cross-cultural alignments, fertilization, differentiation: Bridging the gaps through technology , Melda N. I am the Founder of #MexEdChat and I have been an ISTE Edtech Advisor. Social Studies Teacher Licensure to become an educator.

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“ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. Schools should consider the ways in which their own social media surveillance re-inscribes these sorts of violent, nationalist policies. The business of OER. ” Via EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin : “The COPPA Rule, FERPA , and the Security of Student Data.”

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Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” A Techcrunch op-ed : “Why edtech can’t grow as much as healthtech.” ” From the EdTech Researcher blog : “ Project Based Learning as Mindset.” Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics.

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” It’s 2017 and many critics agree that social media is full of trolls and harassers, that it helps subvert democracies here and abroad, but hey: “To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media ,” says Edsurge. Via Techcrunch : “ Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids.” ” “Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State?

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jim Vanides - Global Education Program Manager, HP - Sustainability and Social Innovation; Larry Johnson - CEO, The New Media Consortium; Yolanda Ramos - Director of Professional Development Services, International Society for Technology in Education; Mano Talaiver - Director, Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative practices (ITTIP) - "HP Catalyst Academy: A new approach to professional learning, designed especially for STEMx teachers."

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Meanwhile on Campus… Via Education Week (from last Friday – as I work on the week’s round-up of news, I try to avoid looking at social media, but I think there was another school shooting this morning): “10 Dead, Most of Them Students, and 10 Wounded in Texas High School Shooting.” ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above. As The Financial Times puts it , “EdTech fails to pay, again.” ” From the press release : “ Facebook Launches New Initiative to Help Scholars Assess Social Media’s Impact on Elections.”

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” 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. ” This is a particularly hilarious sentence: “It is probably fair to say that the social good of having every high school student in America learn Salesforce might outstrip other trendier agendas in tech.”

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IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. “Great EdTech Success Story Turns Into The Biggest Philanthropic Story of the Year,” Getting Smart argues , pointing to Curriculum Associates ’ donation of its stock to the Iowa State University Foundation. Just a reminder that Twitter does not care about your school’s social media initiative. (National) Education Politics.

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” ” 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.

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Here’s media reporter Mathew Ingram’s take (and there are lots of takes out there. Testing, Testing… “ Common Core testing group wages aggressive campaign against critics on social media,” according to The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss. This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” Its Crunchbase description is great : “TX-based edtech company.” Education Politics.

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e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. " The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. ” “How Social Media Can Help Teach Good Writing,” according to Edsurge. The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. “ The Edtech Edifice Complex ” by The World Bank’s Michael Trucano. (National) Education Politics.

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A graphic essay in Fusion : “Betsy DeVos’ ‘ School Choice ’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. Microsoft had a media event this week. “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12. I wrote about social-emotional learning (algorithms) as a “trend to watch.” Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories , apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were selling to the rest of us.

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If your marketing department thinks this is a good idea, if your media studies department thinks this is a good idea, tell them to read more. “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.”

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Via Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” Meanwhile on Campus… The New York Times on “How the Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media ” – a really important corrective, I’d argue, to that “digital native” silliness. Edsurge on the business of OER. Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company."