Imagined futures 5: Robot teachers

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or robots. This doesn't mean that robots have no place in the classroom though. Robots (or intelligent systems) can be very useful when they are tasked to complete some of the functions that teachers previously performed.

Let your robots do the marking?

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Anant Agarwal, president of EdX, (Harvard and MIT''s non-profit making arm that runs MOOCs), says that the software will be a boon to learning online in the future, because it will allow students to rewrite and resubmit their essays time and again, to improve their grades.

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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This is part eight of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In previous years, I’ve looked at how education technology is intertwined with narratives about “ skills ,” “ competencies ,” and “ credentialing.” ” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry


Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector. Across the globe, some key disruptive technology trends which are impacting education are: Artificial Intelligence. Assistive Technology.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection

Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan.


Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)


One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. He also happens to be the co-founder of Coursera itself, and it was his Stanford course on machine learning that helped launch the MOOC craze in the first place. In fact, Ng’s original Stanford MOOC remains the most popular course offered by Coursera. Meanwhile, it’s important to note the limits of the MOOC format.

Education Technology's Inequalities

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I also want to consider that, with or without a President Trump , education technology also might make things worse, might also contribute to these ongoing inequalities – and not simply because many in ed-tech seem quite eager to work with the new administration. Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. MOOCs.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) Are any education technologies, for that matter? They issue a lot of press releases; technology journalists happily rewrite them.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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One of education technologies’s greatest luminaries passed away this year. It’s all of our loss, really, as too many in education technology happily reduce the potential of computer programming as an epistemological endeavor to a market for new products. I am committed to fighting for a world in which technologies – educational and otherwise – are not built for control and compliance. And it extends to education and education technology as well.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools


Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators. Trends affecting the adoption of technology in schools.

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

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These technologies are all beginning to play roles in our digital lives and will grow in significance in the future. But have you heard of cognitive technology? AI algorithm chatbot cognitive courseware Deep Learning Digital education future Jill Watson learning MOOC Technology

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


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." 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. Our technology is our ideology,” Siemens says.

Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Emerging Technology," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Ida has published numerous articles on emerging technologies.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. In the most recent annual Campus Computing Survey , a majority of academic CIOs concluded that “adaptive technology has great potential to improve learning outcomes.” The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

Building Skills, Inspiring Students through Hands-on Technology – Troy Smith, New Zealand

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With the focus put on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) today, teaching these subjects can be a bit overwhelming. Whether that’s with robotics, Minecraft , or Lego MindStorms, Smith makes sure his students work with real-world technology.

How will we learn languages in the future?

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New technologies revamped foreign language learning, in this article we highlight out what to expect in the upcoming years. Chatting with robots. What if the teachers from the future are robots! The technology to learn a foreign language is at your fingertips! Technology

Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course


In popular culture, artificial intelligence is used to describe anything from product recommendations to self-driving cars and futuristic robotic overlords. The online course won’t include any heavy technical lessons, and is specifically targeting learners without experience with AI who want to better understand the technology or ways it could impact their business. offers through Coursera, which Ng teaches, have had wide appeal on the MOOC website.

Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018


Students who complete this introductory course will be eligible to enroll in the more advanced Self-Driving Car or Robotics nanodegree programs. Thrun claims that “that nearly 60 students [in the former program] have already found new jobs at companies like BMW, Lockheed Martin, NIO, Volvo and Amazon Robotics.” Founded in 2012, Udacity initially sought to work with universities as a provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs).

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork


MOOCs get social. Carolyn Rosé, an assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, has been exploring ways to add social engagement to MOOCs since 2013. Rosé and her colleagues found that when students talk to each other, they tend to stick around and show up for their next class more than peers who chose not to complete the activity or those who only talk to the robot. Most online courses are a solitary experience for learners.

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How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education


But another big takeaway from this experience has been that learning innovation isn’t about the technology. At Duke we’ve been thinking about, like a lot of universities, a “robot-proof future,” and thinking about the sixty-year curriculum.


The future includes good (human) teachers

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– China’s state-controlled news broadcasters have long been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda, and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view.

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote


Technological minutiae in the classroom carry such immense consequences that it can be hard to think beyond tomorrow’s software update, nevermind next year’s LMS rollout. According to Dr. Kaku, talking wallpaper, data-reading toilets and other technologies that seem like miracles today are a mere fifty years away. Remember, robots are [just] adding machines. In his telling, fifty years from now technology will have upended every aspect of our current life and society.

#DLNchat: How Could Artificial Intelligence Shape the Future of Higher Education?


Sometimes an artificial persona (call it AI, virtual assistant, robot like ASIMO, whatever) can, in its failed attempt to be human, be truly tragic. Lindsey Downes reminded us to, “Bring questions and encourage discussions about emerging technologies in all types of classes (not just computer science). RSVP for our next #DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote


” The idea, though, that the kids had separated from technology was ridiculous as Justin shows a YouTube video on how to make a rainbow loom starbust bracelet that has been viewed over 30 million times! As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs.

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MIT’s Mitch Resnick on What ‘Toy Story’ Gets Wrong About the Future of Play


We have sort of advanced technology mixed together with very low technology—all sorts of building things for people to be able to constantly prototype and try things out. In our design of Scratch and other technologies, we put a lot of focus on wide walls. We started the online class for the first time a few years ago when MOOCs were becoming population. We weren't very satisfied with what we saw in the early MOOCs.

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30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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Planned obsolescence of mobile technology. Change in cultural perception of identity–gender, technology, science, faith, sexuality, etc. General insecurity or misunderstanding about how to meaningfully integrate technology in the classroom. Robotics in the classroom.

10 Google+ Communities I'm Recommending to Our Faculty

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All of it from Biology to Robotics to Space exploration!" School Technology Leadership - "This is an open space for anyone who''s interested in effective technology leadership in P-12 schools. MOOC - Massive Open Online Courses. "A


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” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. Via The Verge : “US denies visas to Afghanistan ’s all-girl robotics team.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Class Central’s Dhawal Shah, writing in Edsurge : “ MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities.” More on certifications in the MOOC section above. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.


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.). But new technology hasn’t made it easy.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. “ MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students,” Edsurge claims. Via MIT Technology Review : “ Oculus hopes its $399 headset will bring virtual reality to the masses.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” ” Has technology solutionism ever been more heartbreaking?!

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. Sponsored content on Edsurge this week, paid for by MacMillan Learning , by ReadingPlus , by Google , and by Gutenberg Technology. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The robot presents as a black female?

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–18.”


Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV

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I’m also working on a magazine article that’ll come out this fall on education technology and venture capital. Remember, if you will, the insistence from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors that school was missing the “coming MOOC tsunami” based on columns they’d read in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. ” “Technology is moving faster than it’s ever moved before.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Techcrunch : “ Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs.”