Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying.

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Searching for Digital Courseware Solutions? Avoid the Rabbit Hole

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The Cheshire Cat’s advice to Alice has parallels in higher ed, especially for faculty trying to make sense of the multitude of digital courseware solutions in order to personalize learning for students. At the University of Central Florida (UCF), Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning Tom Cavanagh and his colleagues have narrowed the scope of their courseware search by focusing on one central problem: student persistence.

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Marketplace trend update: 4 ed-tech developments

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Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change. Free for all students, Kaplan’s PSAT Prep Live will give the 3.8

This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

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Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. education technology investors is creating a new fund to support deals overseas. Learn Capital is closing on a seed investment vehicle dubbed “ LearnStart ,” which has already invested in a Finnish company, 3DBear. million seed round to build a learning management system modeled after WhatsApp and Slack. She becomes the fifth Learn Capital partner—and the firm’s first partner who is female and a person of color.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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We Got It from Here.Thank You 4 Your Service (keynote): Combining insights from his own book and rap group A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Dr. Chistopher Edmin (Associate Professor at Teachers College Columbia University) uses history, practice and theory to explore education’s most pressing issues: a lack of diversity among teachers, challenges faced by educators of color, and absence of student voice in the learning design process. Education Technology Events Community

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K12 Inc. Names Stuart Udell, Former Catapult Learning Official, as CEO

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a favorite target of critics of the for-profit school industry, has named former Catapult Learning official Stuart J. That same year K12 rebranded a number of its resources under a separate legal entity called Fuel Education, focusing on “personalized learning” platforms, as well as consulting, teacher professional development, and online courses. Udell most recently served as CEO of Catapult Learning Inc., Major online education provider K12 Inc.,

AERA, In Absentia

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Critical Perspectives on Education and Technology," with some of my favorite educators and scholars. My apologies for not being there in person today. The organization has promised to spend billions in the coming decade on “personalized learning.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The Hechinger Report on personalized learning : “The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed.” I think it’s called “social emotional learning” in education circles though.) Via The Diplomat : “ Online Learning in North Korea.” ” Wait, so Purdue is gonna run Kaplan and a nuclear lab?

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” “ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. In addition to the anti-First Amendment supporter Thiel, Jackson also name-dropped her connections to David Horowitz , a long-time advocate for silencing left-learning professors on campus, in order to get her job. ” Via The Conversation : “ Purdue-Kaplan deal blurs lines between for-profit and public colleges.” The language learning app ELSA has raised $3.2

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technologizing” the government. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The as-yet unnamed online university resulting from the proposed acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue University has set discounted tuition rates for in-state students and free tuition for Purdue employees.” ” The charter school, which is closing it doors, is the Merit Preparatory Charter School , run by “personalized learning” charter chain Matchbook Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The university will then begin augmenting its online offerings using machine learning and artificial intelligence products from Amazon. Over time, students will be able to customize their learning experiences using Amazon products such as Kindle and Echo’s Alexa assistant. Via Techcrunch : “ LinkedIn Learning now includes 3rd party content and Q&A interactive features.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. It’s not that paying for a piece of technology will treat you any better, mind you.). You can learn anything online, Siegler argued.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Also Facebook ’s DC lobbyist, Joel Kaplan, who was sitting right behind Kavanaugh as he screamed at Senators. “ Learning Engineers Inch Toward the Spotlight,” Inside Higher Ed claims. Via MIT Technology Review : “ Oculus hopes its $399 headset will bring virtual reality to the masses.” “Learning Designers will have to adapt or die.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. More on the for-profit formerly known as Kaplan University in the online education section below. ” This new school is a result of Purdue’s acquisition of the for-profit Kaplan University.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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The report is always a big deal in technology circles – “a tech industry event in its own right,” as Wired’s Steven Levy put it in 2012 – and many publications and pundits dutifully cover Meeker’s observations, often adding very little analysis of their own. ” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. Language learning , with ~ $185.6

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” That’s Kaplan , in case you can’t keep all these for-profit disasters straight. ” That’s the Indiana Agriculture and Technology School , which Chalkbeat investigated earlier this year. ” Yet another story promoting “student success technology” at Georgia State University.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Edsurge : “ Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning.” Via The Washington Post : “A hiccup in Purdue ’s acquisition of for-profit Kaplan University.” ” Via The Journal & Courier : “Purdue disputes claims Kaplan deal leaves taxpayers on hook.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Historians Blame Lack of Support for Slow Technology Uptake.”

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” Via The Intercept : “These Are the Technology Firms Lining Up to Build Trump’s ‘Extreme Vetting’ Program.” “ Purdue-Kaplan online university one step closer to reality,” the Journal & Courier reports. ” The New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” ISTE has hired Joseph South as its Chief Learning Officer.

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Kaplan is closing Dev Bootcamp , a coding bootcamp it acquired in 2014. ” Via Education Dive : “ Coursera ’s Tom Willerer talks personalization, access.” ” Willerer was previously at Netflix (just to give you an idea of the meaning of “personalization” in the headline). Edsurge profiles “ personalized learning ” software used in a virtual school that has some 450 incarcerated students.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Purdue University is buying Kaplan University for a dollar. Me, I wrote about how far Kaplan Inc ’s reach is in education politics and products. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The former: Purdue University ; the latter: Kaplan University. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Lessons Learned From a Consortium That Fizzled.” ” Via MIT Technology Review : “Rebuilding Germany ’s centuries-old vocational program.” Learn How They Are Expanding.” ISTE calls this “ personalized learning.”

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Here are the education technology companies that have raised money from ISPs. ” That’s the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam (a.k.a. Via Edsurge : “Why Donald Graham Sold Kaplan University to Purdue for $1.” What’s his evidence that technology has not eliminated jobs – other than this weird insistence that there is no such thing as neoliberalism in ed-tech ? Via Campus Technology : “6 VR Trends to Watch in Education.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “As Kaplan Sale Faces Final Hurdle, Purdue President Criticizes Faculty Opponents.”

This Week's Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. A new series focussed on technology in the languages classroom. Those close at the fringes of the digital frontier are charting a different course with ICT rich classes and mLearning spaces whilst developing our personal learning networks. Learn more about the newest resources from PBS.”