Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

Earlier this week, an unknown person or persons launched a short-lived, but clever cyber attack against Google Docs’ users. Here is Google’s description of the incident and their response: “ Protecting you against phishing.” From the time the exploit was launched until it was addressed, users’ Google accounts – including student accounts – could have been fully [h/t Jim Siegel ] accessible by the attacker.

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Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials.

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Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

Edsurge

In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. This “Google and good luck” approach throws a lot of options, confusion, and competing agendas at teachers. The State of the K-12 Sector The edtech boom of the past two decades promised efficacy and new instructional models.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

If you bucket all instructional materials—core plus a broad view of “supplemental”—you have an estimated $6 billion instructional materials market. Google Classroom has instead emerged as the de facto standard platform, fueled by the runaway adoption of Chromebooks.

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

The Hechinger Report

As recent investigations have shown, too many public schools lack clear conflict-of-interest policies to ensure that decisions about whether and when to use specific technology products or services are being made in the best interests of students.

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The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction. The Marketplace also includes free curriculum content from its partners, including Google Classroom, Newsela, and more.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Texas , a Prized K–12 Market , Approves Wave of Instructional Materials.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Lawsuits Say Harvard’s Anti-Sexism Policy Discriminates Against Women.” ” “Most Schools Don’t Have Clear Restroom Policies , and That’s a Public-Health Problem,” says Pacific Standard. Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education.

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Via NPR : “ Wyoming School District Stalls On Transgender Student Policy.” And The Next Web headline makes for… something: “ Facebook and Google could be allowed to award university degrees.” accuse Google of failing to gain their consent before scanning their emails via its Apps For Education suite for advertising purposes,” says Education Dive. “ Hail and Farewell to The Google Books Case ” by James Grimmelmann.

The Business of Education Technology

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But some of them, like the explosion in startups offering private student loans, suggest something is happening quite contrary to the narratives of “free and open,” not to mention to a tradition of publicly funded education or the policies of federal financial aid. The College Board also boasted about its partnership with Khan Academy, which would make SAT test prep materials freely available online. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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” The group in question: the Council for National Policy. ” Via Univision : “How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump’s immigration policy.” Citing Border Policies , Safety.” ” Via Geekwire : “ Google quietly donates $10M to University of Washington in another major computer science gift.” Via the AP : “How Google Chromebooks conquered schools.”