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The following year, Knewton was bought in a deal that has become a poster child for education technology hype. Already, the Sydney, Australia-based company has pulled back on its social media presence.

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In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” In 2011, Ning was acquired by “lifestyle” site Glam Media for around $150 million.

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But Posterous, if you’ll recall, was acquired by Twitter in 2012 and shut down one year later. ” In reviewing Srnicek’s book in March, New York Times media journalist John Hermann wrote , Platforms are, in a sense, capitalism distilled to its essence.

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Nevertheless, Knewton claims Knewton’s personalized learning products work. But there are now calls that students should be tested – and in turn, of course, schools graded – on “social emotional skills.” Ben Williamson argues that ClassDojo exemplifies the particularly Silicon Valley bent of “mindset” management: The emphasis … is on fixing people, rather than fixing social structures.

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That sentiment was echoed this week in the hashtag #repealthe19th trended on Twitter , as Trump supporters responded to an image shared by poll analyst Nate Silver showing a landslide victory for Trump if only men voted this fall. He was the first investor in the social media company in 2004.) Knewton (adaptive teaching software). ResearchGate (social networking site for researchers).

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“PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills ” by Ben Williamson. ” More on teen social media usage, this time from Buzzfeed : “‘Tweetdecking’ Is Taking Over Twitter. ” The Atlantic on what it’s like being a parent of a social media star. ” Via KQED’s Mindshift : “Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines.”

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“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. Facebook is, although Mark Zuckerberg denies it , a media company. And like democracy, technology changes the social and individual relationships between us. ” Eschewing “traditional” media advertising buys, the Trump campaign invested in Facebook ads and raised money through the site as well.