Education Technology Trends for 2017: An Interview With Martin McKay.

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Martin McKay is the Chief Technology officer and one of the founders of Texthelp Inc. He directs all research and development at Texthelp with a focus on developing new technologies to assist people who struggle with reading and writing. Martin also serves in working groups to advise the US Department of Education on the accessibility of education materials, and Universal Design for Learning. What do you think the year ahead has in store in terms of Educational Technology?

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Our digital future 9: Omni-choice learning

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Photo by Loewe Technologies on unsplash There's plenty of hype about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential, future impact on society. Writing on CIO's Managing Innovation and Disruptive Technology website, futurist Nicholas D. At present, the golden touchstone is in personalised learning, where anytime, anyplace education is possible through mobile technologies. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people." A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education.

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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. 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. Are any education technologies, for that matter? And accordingly, platforms are the underlying trend that ties together popular narratives about technology and the economy in general.

Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch

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The end of the report is stuffed with tantalizing promise about how future learners will engage with robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and wearable tech (think data-collecting headbands, and skill-tracking sensors) that could explode into classrooms in as little as four to five years. By contrast, the report’s short-term developments, online learning and makerspaces, have a distinct yesterday’s news vibe about them.

Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

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Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast , and co-host Thomas Cavanagh says he is driven by his quest to figure out one of the grand challenges of higher education: how to use technology to raise the quality of instruction while lowering costs.

4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

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From learning analytics tools providing students with instant feedback on their work to virtual reality facilitating field trips to faraway lands to 3D printers filling makerspaces, the classroom looks quite a bit different than it did just five years ago. With all of these technologies populating classrooms this year, it is also more integral than ever that educators instill students with the tenets of digital citizenship. Learning Analytics Tools Provide Real-Time Feedback.

A 140-Year-Old School Partnered With a 10-Year-Old School. Here’s What Happened.

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Sandwiched between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, this full-time innovation school for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, Mass., The learning model is based on an architecture design studio, and is a far cry from the assessment and standards-based paradigm of most education systems around the world. Education Technology Project-Based Learning School Models Maker and DIY Movement

Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

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The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Our world revolves around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Related: 8 Trends in Education Technology That Will Have A Major Impact | 2019. Allows Students to Keep Up with Technology. Ten years ago, we didn’t have the technology that we have now, and the same will happen in the next ten years. Related: How to Improve Student Learning Outcomes with Digital Learning.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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). Via Campus Technology : “Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed.” Because technology imperialism. The third: lifelong learning.

What's on the Horizon (Still, Again, Always) for Ed-Tech

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The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the latest NMC Horizon Report for Higher Education. This year, the Horizon Report’s Higher Education Edition does include graphics with some historical data, demonstrating how some technologies and topics appear and reappear and how some simply disappear altogether from the horizon. Adaptive Learning Technologies. Mobile Learning. Blended Learning Designs.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” ” Via Techcrunch : “ Apple ’s learn-to-code app Swift Playgrounds adds AR lessons.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Chalkbeat : “ Betsy DeVos ’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales.” Via Techcrunch : “Thousands of academics spurn Nature ’s new paid-access Machine Learning journal.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Personalized learning instructional models” is just chef finger kiss perfect.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“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. Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics.” “Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School,” according to Edsurge.

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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.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. “ Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive? “Lifelong learning” and multiple choice quizzes for two to five year olds. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” The survey was conducted by learning analytics company Civitas Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.” " Inside Higher Ed on its 2016 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.” ” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.” ” The Linked Learning Alliance is a voluntary certification program for California’s high school career academies. “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

Ed-Tech in a Time of Trump

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Or rather I’ve never believed the hype that we should put all our faith in, rest all our hope on technology. ” All of this is – from President Trump to the so-called “new economy” – has been fueled to some extent by digital technologies; and that fuel, despite what I think many who work in and around education technology have long believed – have long hoped – is not necessarily (heck, even remotely) progressive.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” “Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot ,” says The Wall Street Journal in a story about “Jill Watson” (of course it’s a female name), an automated teaching assistant at Georgia Tech. Education Politics.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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The Department of Education has released a “Higher Education Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan ,” just in the nick of time I guess. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. “ The growth of online learning : How universities must adjust to the new norm” is sponsored content on Education Dive.

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