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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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. Think about our older sibling, the open source software movement.

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The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

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.

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

Hack Education

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.) How to resist: demand algorithmic transparency in all software systems used by public entities, including schools.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

Five-year-old Mykell Robinson practices his reading on the Lexia software while a small group of classmates work with a teacher. What’s different about the trend today is that educational technology companies are eagerly marketing software under the “personalized learning” label.

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

Hack Education

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 Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

Edsurge

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. In the past couple of years the company has hired hundreds of software engineers, from the likes of Chinese internet giants Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent, to make that happen. Sinovation Ventures , a venture firm founded in 2009 by Google’s former chief in China.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. 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.

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

MindShift

Check out the “dashboards” inside programs like Google Apps for Education, or freestanding gradebook apps like JumpRope, or ClassDojo, focused on behavior. Software also collects information on students all by itself. And some software systems let them log on and see exactly how Jasper or Alaia are performing, assignment by assignment, even down to the number of minutes spent reading or practicing Spanish. Have you ever seen a school data wall?

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

Hack Education

And “personalization” is the underlying promise of the new education software Facebook is itself building. ” Some 20 Facebook engineers work on the software, and according to The Washington Post , the student information it tracks and stores is not housed on Facebook servers, although Facebook does have access to the data. AltSchool, a private school startup, was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive. Adaptive teaching software.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

Check out the "dashboards" inside programs like Google Apps for Education, or freestanding gradebook apps like JumpRope, or ClassDojo, focused on behavior. Software also collects information on students all by itself. Jamie Jones/Getty Images/Ikon Images.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

If you look for a definition of “platform” online, you’re likely to get something along the lines of Wikipedia’s – fairly straightforward, although quite technical: A computing platform is the environment in which a piece of software is executed.

Hack Education Weekly News

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The non-speakers: James Damore, the fired Google engineer, and Lucian Wintrich, a journalist with Gateway Pundit. From the Knewton blog : “ Introducing Knewton Product Updates for Fall 2017.” The literacy software company has raised $14.8 (National) Education Politics. “The Trump Administration Has Revoked A Federal Directive On Campus Rape ,” Buzzfeed reports. More on the decision in The New York Times.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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 Washington Post : “ Facebook-backed school software shows promise – and raises privacy concerns.” Via the EFF : “ Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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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. Edsurge profiles “ personalized learning ” software used in a virtual school that has some 450 incarcerated students. ” Adaptive software is not the same as personalized learning , says eSchool News. ” Google responds.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8

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The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world,” but it’s far more accurate to say that the neoliberal values of software tycoons are eating the world. Every industry uses computers, software, and internet services. But it’s more likely that “technology” has become so overused, and so carelessly associated with Silicon Valley-style computer software and hardware startups, that the term has lost all meaning.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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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Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

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."

October 24 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

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.