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Check out this great infographic from Knewton to learn more about blended learning (I also embedded at the bottom of this post). Apps Assistive Tech Blended Learning Google Chrome Google Classroom Internet My Training Videos Presentation Virtual Learning

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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Some education technology developers, such as Knewton, say machines can figure out what students need to know and how best to deliver it. For instance, Waggle, a program powered by Knewton’s technology, serves students new tasks based on how well they did on previous tasks.

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

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My favorite ludicrous claim remains that of Knewton’s CEO who told NPR in 2015 that his company was a “mind reading robot tutor in the sky.” No surprise, that includes companies like Knewton who like to say they’re using AI – data collection, data analysis, and algorithms – to improve teaching and learning.) Google Search is biased, as Safiya Noble demonstrates in her book The Algorithms of Oppression.

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

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He’s also an investor in the private school AltSchool, the education data company Clever, the adaptive textbook company Knewton, the coding bootcamp Thinkful, the student loan company SoFi, and many others. Knewton founder Jose Ferreira formerly worked at Kaplan.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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Some education technology developers, such as Knewton, say machines can figure out what students need to know and how best to deliver it. For instance, Waggle, a program powered by Knewton’s technology, serves students new tasks based on how well they did on previous tasks. Knewton’s claim to fame (and some are skeptical of it) is that it provides the right difficulty and the right presentation, and can find whatever style students seem to like best.

Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

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In it, he reflects on several topics, including his honest misgivings about the recent OpenStax / Knewton partnership announcement. Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests.

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” According to Edsurge , Knewton is now a courseware company and not a “robot tutor in the sky.” ” Knewton has raised some $157 million in venture capital. ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors – GSV Capital – with Knewton.). ” The Information reported that Rubin was “involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate while he was at Google.” (National) Education Politics.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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9 million (A) 2016 Fosun Group Kaymbu $2 million (Seed) 2016 Sinovation Ventures Knewton $52 million (F) 2016 TAL Education KnowRe $6.8 edtech startups, including Enuma , Knewton , Minerva Project , Ready4 and Volley. Sinovation Ventures , a venture firm founded in 2009 by Google’s former chief in China. tech company has a Chinese analog: for every Amazon there’s an Alibaba; for every Google, a Baidu. “I “ You Can’t Make Movies Without China.”

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Knewton (adaptive learning): $182.3 Investors in tutoring companies this year included Warbug Pincus, Goldman Sachs, Learn Capital, Y Combinator, the Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, TAL Education, Tencent, Google, and of course, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. This is the second part of my much-abbreviated look at the stories that were told about education technology in 2018 – and in this case, the people who funded the storytellers.

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Via The New York Times : “How Google Took Over the Classroom.” Via Edsurge : “ Pearson , an Investor in Knewton , Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products.” ” No disclosure in the story that Edsurge shares investors with Knewton , nor that Pearson is, by way of Learn Capital, also an investor in Edsurge. Education Politics.

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

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It’s how Google solved the AlphaGo challenge. Can adaptive platforms (such as ALEKS or Knewton) help students learn the facts and enable the teachers to guides? Don’t doubt it: Machine learning is hot—and getting hotter. For the past two years, public interest in building complex algorithms that automatically “learn” and improve from their own operations, or experience (rather than explicit programming) has been growing.

Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

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There’s a realization with a number of high-profile implosions or corrections, whether it’s AltSchool or Knewton , that have cooled a lot of folk’s appetite,” says Pianko. While private equity’s activities continue, “the big question looking forward,” says Palmer, “is Google, which has had tremendous success with Chromebooks and Google for Education.” Is education technology investing back on track? Are investors still eager to put their money in education startups?

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” In his book, Srnicek identifies five kinds of platforms: advertising platforms (like Google and Facebook), cloud platforms (like Salesforce and Amazon Web Services), industrial platforms (like GE and Siemens), product platforms (like Spotify), and lean platforms (like Uber and AirBnB).

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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AltSchool, a private school startup, was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive. Nevertheless, Knewton claims Knewton’s personalized learning products work. This is part nine of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. Facebook’s Plans to “Personalize” Education.

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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The conference also welcomes the return of familiar faces in new gigs: former Knewton CEO is now with Bakpax, and Los Angeles Unified’s former superintendent John Deasy will share plans for rebuilding prisons to better serve incarcerated youths. Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars. This week, many of the education industry’s bigwigs are planning their annual pilgrimage to the next “ tech mecca ” of America.

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According to excerpts of speeches published by Wikileaks – stolen data – Clinton called the Common Core a “political failure” in a speech she gave to Knewton. Neither Knewton nor the Clinton campaign have confirmed the veracity of this leaked speech. Via the EFF : “ Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” “ Google is jeopardizing A frican-American literature sites ,” says The Outline. From the press release : “ Knewton Launches Alta, Fully Integrated Adaptive Learning Courseware for Higher Education, Putting Achievement in Reach for Everyone.” Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Google’s art selfies aren’t available in Illinois.

What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

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Check out the “dashboards” inside programs like Google Apps for Education, or freestanding gradebook apps like JumpRope, or ClassDojo, focused on behavior. Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. Have you ever seen a school data wall?

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“​Chromageddon Comedown: Educators Are Wary,” says Edsurge , “After Thousands of Google Devices Fail.” ” Inside Higher Ed on Knewton ’s “pivot.” (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality. Thoughts on how this might effect education from Inside Higher Ed , from NPR , from Internet2 (via Bryan Alexander), from The Washington Post , and from Edsurge.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

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Check out the "dashboards" inside programs like Google Apps for Education, or freestanding gradebook apps like JumpRope, or ClassDojo, focused on behavior. Companies like Google pledge not to track the content of schoolwork for the purposes of advertising.

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Via CNBC : “ Google , Apple and 13 other companies that no longer require employees to have a college degree.” ” Via the Google blog : “ VR Labs open doors of opportunity for STEM students.” “ Mind-reading robot tutor in the sky ” company Knewton has raised $25 million from these suckers: Triple Point Capital, Accel, Atomico, Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, Founders Fund, and Sofina.

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November 7 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The podcast feed link is [link] HACK EDUCATION POSTS LAST WEEK To give you a head start in following along with the podcast, here are Audrey''s Hack Education posts from last week: Ed-Tech News Weekly Roundup: RIP Google Reader, Long Live the (Kindle Owners’ Lending) Library Khan Academy Gets $5 Million to Expand Faculty & Platform & to Build a Physical School Plagiarism: High School versus College Education Platforms: Build On?

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Jose Ferreira is stepping down as the CEO of Knewton. Via Buzzfeed : “ Google , Apple , Uber , IBM Say They Would Not Help Build A Muslim Registry.” Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry Before Trump Can Revive It.” ” “The registry, created after the attacks of Sept.

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Lots of folks in ed-tech seem super excited about Trump too, including Knewton’s Jose Ferreira , Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Harold O. ” Via The New York Times : “ Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town.” The BBC reports that “ Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content.” ” Think again if you believe Google supports “ net neutrality.” The Trump Administration.

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Via Campus Technology : “ Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks.” ” Edsurge on the Google press release : “Google’s Education Suite is Still Free, but New Add-Ons For Administrators Come With a Fee.” 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. National) Education Politics.

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“Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson. ” Google profiles Niji Collins , a winner in the latest Google Code-In contest. ” The Wall Street Journal looks at “ Paying Professors : Inside Google ’s Academic Influence Campaign.” ” Google responds. (National) Education Politics.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

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The school used the money for a bulk order of Google Chromebooks, allowing every classroom to have a laptop for each student. You’ll have a school that’s got a Google Doc and a questionnaire about the kids, and it’s like, ‘Great, I’ve got a profile,’” he said.

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He’s a partner at Founders Fund, which has invested in Knewton, AltSchool, Uversity, ResearchGate, If You Can, Upstart, Declara, and Affirm. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Education Politics.

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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. It’s not really an “exclusive” when you re-write a Google blog post , but oh well.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Can Google Challenge Over-Zealous Web Filtering at Schools? Last year, the National Federation of the Blind filed a complaint against Penn State, charging that the school''s adoption of Google Apps for Education was discriminatory. Google has worked to address many of the accessibility issues, and The Chronicle of HIgher Education reports that the issue was resolved "without any admission of wrongdoing."

The Politics of Education Technology

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Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company. I wrote about his education portfolio – it includes Clever, Knewton, and AltSchool – but I’ll revisit this topic when I tackle ed-tech and surveillance “personalization” in a subsequent article in this series.). This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

The Long Life of a Data Trail

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Examples of applications like this include most educational apps sold in the Apple and Google app stores, and some online learning sites. A very incomplete list of examples here include Knewton, Infinite Campus, eScholar, Schoolnet, Learnsprout, or Clever. Within educational technology, tech companies can acquire data via multiple routes. The most direct way is via a direct signup: a teacher creates an account to use a service, and the teacher is the only person using the service.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Kinect Connects with Sesame Street SXSWedu Announces LAUNCHedu: An Ed-Tech Startup Pitch Event A New Ed-Tech Podcast Grockit & Knewton: Big Bucks for Adaptive Learning Platforms Startup Weekend EDU Returns to San Francisco HACK EDUCATION NEWS ROUNDUP And here, in full, is the Hack Education weekly roundup, also available directly at Hack Education. Updates and Upgrades Google announced a change to the way it will sell its new Chromebooks.