The History of the Pedometer (and the Problems with Learning Analytics)

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These were my remarks as a guest speaker in Donna Murdoch's class “Online Teaching and Learning – Applying Adult Learning Principles” this evening. I was asked to speak about learning analytics, but like I said in my keynote last week at NMC , ed-tech is boring. Learning analytics, in some ways, is a symptom of this data-driven culture – one that also is not new to education.

K-12 Dealmaking: GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie; n2y, Thrivist Gain Funding

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E-Learning Platform Thrivist Gains Investment: Angel investor Crimson Ventures has taken a minority position in K-12 learning and analytics platform Thrivist, LLC. based Thrivist said its platform “enables schools to develop, deliver, and manage online learning and leverage learning analytics to improve outcomes,” according to the company, which notes that software is offered via a software-as-a-service model and is being used in more than 25 school districts.

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Florida Virtual School mirgrates to Brightspace

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Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide public school district in the state of Florida and international provider of education products and services, has selected D2L , a global learning technology provider, to deploy its Brightspace platform as the district’s new learning management system (LMS). Brightspace was designed with modern students in mind and offers a clean, responsive user experience as well as integrated social media, chat and advanced video features.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

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That didn’t stop Bryan Short, who was a student at the University of British Columbia in 2016 when he got curious to know what information the learning management system at his university had collected on him and how it was being used. That job was with the Digital Tattoo Project , which is run out of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the UBC Library. Learn more here.

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The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. As New America’s Lindsey Tepe has suggested , it is time to reboot the social contract for public education.

How Effective for Learning are the Apps we Use?

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A recent University of Phoenix College of Education survey showed that about 58% of teachers use educational apps and 41% use social media. Join us for What Ed Tech Apps Work Best for Learning? Even more, they need to know the impact of these apps -- if students are learning because of them. Educators need to know which products are likely to have a positive impact on learning for their students. Classroom Data Chromebook Tech Learning Blog App technology

K-12 Dealmaking: Barnes & Noble Ed. Acquires LoudCloud; Volley Labs Raises $2.3 Million

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In addition, investment company Weld North Holdings acquired Performance Matters , a student assessment and data-analytics company that it will merge with K-12 ed-tech business Truenorthlogic, which provides data on teachers’ performance and tracks their professional development. Dallas-based LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency-based courseware platform, a learning-analytics platform and services, an eReading product, and a learning management system.

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From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students? The third: lifelong learning. ” “How Real-World Learning Could Help People Compete With Machines ” – The Chronicle of Higher Education on Joseph E.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. ”) It was certainly the outcome that investors were hoping for Edmodo , which raised $25 million in 2012, boasting that it had 15 million users. Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system.

The Weaponization of Education Data

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The issue extends well beyond education technology, of course, and in 2017 we witnessed yet again a number of high profile incidents (including some corporate admissions of breaches that had happened in years past): that over 140 million Social Security Numbers and other personal data had been stolen in a data breach at Equifax, for starters; that every single account at Yahoo – some 3 billion in all – had been affected in its 2013 breach. They monitor social media.

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” “Frustrated with how colleges have handled their claims of sexual abuse , more students are turning to social media to publicize their cases,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The learn-to-code company Treehouse has launched “Techdegrees,” “a guided-learning experience designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country.” ” [Insert Course Signals learning analytics joke here.].

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was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. ” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.”

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e.g. “ Social justice miseducation in our schools” by J. " The majors include sociology, media studies, and political science. “In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Tell me more about how the blockchain is going to “verify learning.” ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. (National) Education Politics.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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.” Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories , apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were selling to the rest of us. You can learn anything online, Siegler argued.