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Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

Edsurge

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

3 lessons from data on how students are actually using educational apps and software at school

The Hechinger Report

classrooms but a study finds that students aren’t using much of the pricey software that schools buy (Photo by Jackie Mader). The company’s marketing pitch is that it can tell school administrators what educational software is actually being used, how much they’re spending on it and whether the ed tech they’re buying is boosting student performance — the education sector’s version of “return on investment.”. Apps are increasingly common in U.S.

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Against the 3A’s of EdTech: AI, Analytics, and Adaptive Technologies in Education

ProfHacker

I’ve had/have the privilege of being a member of the expert panel working on the NMC Horizon Report (the one that’s still in progress, the process of which I plan to write/co-write about soon, inshallah). One of the key things about the report is that we are asked to suggest what technologies we think will be highly influential in education in the far, medium and near terms. Safiyya Noble’s work on Google).

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

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Related: Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. It may be the hardware or the operating system (OS), even a web browser or other underlying software, as long as the program code is executed in it. ” “ How Google Chromebooks conquered schools.”

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

By NICHOLE DOBO, The Hechinger Report. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Last year, the founder of Facebook pledged to donate $45 billion to social causes, one of them personalized learning.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Stephen Downes works in the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. Personally, I see the future of MOOCs as being in community building in which you offer a valuable learning experience to a community of users that retains a connection with the course. There will be an increasing demand for skilled learning designers. TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath.

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Billion Federal Block Grant Makes Ed-Tech Training Higher Priority Than Software, Devices.” ” Via NPR : “Report: Michigan State Spent $500,000 To Keep Tabs On Nassar Victims, Journalists.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” Research, “Research,” and Reports.

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Department of Education missed a deadline to delay state authorization rules are incorrect, a department spokeswoman said Thursday,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. Speaking of which, here’s the headline from the LA School Report : “How a Los Angeles school board member teamed up with SpaceX & Elon Musk to test a mini-sub for the Thailand soccer team’s rescue.”

The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education

This is part five of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” As in previous years, it would be quite easy to fill a whole article in this series on “ data insecurity ,” on the data breaches and cyberattacks that continue to plague education – both schools and software. Investing in hardware and software. More data collection will improve student learning and student outcomes.

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University of Texas at Austin , related to features unique to that university,“ Inside Higher Ed reports. ” As Vox reports, “The Court announced Thursday that it was unable to reach a decision in the case United States v. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” ” asks The Hechinger Report.

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But the struggling sector’s political giving is down since peaking in 2012,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Testing, Testing… Via the Hechinger Report : “On a classroom-based test for new teachers , black teachers score lower.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

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Here’s media reporter Mathew Ingram’s take (and there are lots of takes out there. 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. “ California ’s teacher tenure battle is reignited by Vergara appeal and a new bill,” The LA Times reports.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The Horizon Report. The organization, which was founded in 1994, was best known for its annual Horizon Report, its list of predictions about the near-future of education technology. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. EDUCAUSE purchased many of NMC’s assets, and it says it will continue to publish the higher ed version of the Horizon Report. Or the company will have to start charging for the software.

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

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." " Hopefully, not shades of future conversations about learning analytics.

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