Dr. Marina Bers Named Chair of Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

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(Waltham, MA) October 24, 2018 — Dr. Marina Bers has been named the new department chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. These programs include the KIBO robot, a developmentally appropriate robotics construction set; and ScratchJr , a visual, block-based programming language for tablets. Dr. Bers co-founded the start-up KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” That’s because the stories told this year to keep us hustling and to keep up imagining a certain kind of future are almost all about robots. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again we were told “robots are coming for your jobs.” We must encourage people to pursue “robot resistant” majors in college. Robots are much more ideal as workers, because of course they cannot unionize.

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7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

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We work with robotics, because robotics are tools that allow them to learn coding and to learn abstract logic and thinking while not sitting in front of a computer screen. So robots have motors, they have sensors, they can move around. The particular robots we have developed in my Dev Tech Research Group at Tufts are called Kibo. Each block represents a command for the robot. The robot has a scanner, and the blocks are barcodes, so they scan one by one.

How to enhance students’ work-ready skills

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Robotic or holographic avatar designer. Robot operator. Below you can find a full list of important skills extracted from the Future of Skills report , created by Pearson. You can even go beyond this, and maybe plan a visit for students at a robotics lab or at a local technology company. I remember when I finished university a few years ago. I was full of excitement thinking about my dream job in marketing and I was really eager to start applying what I learned.

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What Can Teachers Look Forward To This Year from Office 365?

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New Pearson Curriculum for Mixed Reality Headsets. As an Education Specialist and Product Developer there, Tricia created LEGO sets and learning solutions for several curriculum areas including Language Arts, STEM, and Robotics. This year at ISTE , I had the opportunity to sit down with Tricia Van Hollebeke, Justin Chando and Mike Tholfsen from the Microsoft Education team at the Microsoft Education booth. Topics Include. Brand New Updates. Microsoft Teams.

Parents Don't Need to Be Coding Experts, Just Willing to Learn With Their Children

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They were at a family coding event and had been working together to brainstorm an idea for a story, draw it on paper and try out different ways to recreate it using KIBO , a tangible robotics platform programmed using interlocking wooden blocks.

Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Iterating Toward Openness

We think platforms like Pearson’s MyLab and Cengage’s MindTap are the enemy. Yes, working actively to erode the student-faculty relationship – or worse, somehow obviate the faculty role – by trying to create “ a robot tutor in the sky that can semi-read your mind ” is entirely wrong-headed. Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER.

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Make the Most of Your Budget with These Great Products: Makerspace Product Roundup 2018

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Bubble Bot walks students through creating a bubble-blowing robot and a Fan of Fortune. Compatibility: The pieces are perfectly sized for small vehicles, robots, figurines, or balls to navigate the maze. Project Ideas: Challenge your students to draw their own maze challenges and test their classmates or to code smaller sized robots to navigate the correct path through the maze. Compatibility: This curriculum is to be used with Wonder Workshop’s Dash & Dot Robots.

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PEARSON & LITTLEBITS ( www.pearson.com.) & ( littlebits.cc/education education ) Pearson, has partnered with littleBits, bringing hands-on invention-based model of learning and teaching into its 3-8 science curriculum, Elevate Science, in a new program called,”Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox.” Wonder Workshop ( www.makewonder.com ) previewed a middle school solution that brings coding and applied robotics into the classroom.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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“Fake news,” “robots coming for our jobs,” “the new economy,” “surveillance capitalism,” “personalization,” “the cult of innovation,” and so on – these are all narratives intertwined in the power of major technology companies, platforms, data, and algorithms. Pearson is Not a Platform. I’m not sure if we can still call Pearson “the world’s largest education company.”

Jose Ferreira Steps Down as Knewton CEO, Eyes Next Education Startup

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These partners range from household names such as Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to upstarts like Waggle. Stories in which he described technology as a “ magic pill ” and “robot tutor [that] can essentially read your mind” further fueled these perceptions. Few technologists have championed the role of big data, personalized learning and many other education buzzwords as vociferously and for as long as Jose Ferreira. So it comes as a surprise that the founder and CEO of.

I Moved a Drone With My Mind. Soon Your Students Will Too.

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I stood facing the drone, about to face-off with a little robot. When I asked David Pearson, a British clinical psychologist who works with children facing adversity, if regular mindfulness practice would have helped me fly my drone his answer was “Yes, it would.” I recently moved a drone with my mind. Not long ago my 6-year-old son spent two hours on my bed swishing through the world’s biggest roller coasters on YouTube with cardboard virtual reality glasses.

Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Earlier this year Ferreira stepped aside as CEO, replaced by Brian Kibby , a veteran of major textbook companies including Pearson and McGraw-Hill. Early on, Pearson had embraced Knewton’s technology and even invested in the company, but this year that publisher decided to pull back on the use of Knewton’s platform. Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers. The Future of the K-12 Education Industry : From BigChalk to Pearson, then to Renaissance and now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jack Lynch has steered education companies through plenty of change in the digital era.

With Eyes on Asia, Kidaptive Raises $19.1M to Grow Its ‘Invisible’ Adaptive Learning Platform

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Once the industry’s poster child for adaptive learning, Knewton boasted working with dozens of publishers, including Pearson and McGraw-Hill. He’s also careful around how he frames adaptive-learning technology: “There’s a lot of legitimate concern about the robotic tutor. When some kids grow up, they stop gaming and go abroad. That metaphor might describe the journey that Kidaptive took on its way to a major fundraise. Once known for a learning game, the Redwood City, Calif.-based

Non-Traditional Learning Environments

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A geek at heart, Julie mentors FIRST robotics teams in her free time. Pearson, littleBits, and the New York City Department of Education. In a recent edWebinar , Julie Alspach, Program Administrator, Virtual Learning Academy Consortium (VLAC), and David E. Kanter, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Calvert Education, shined a light on a shift in education.

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Via Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein : “ Pearson Open Sources Equella – Properly.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via NPR : “Hi, Robot : Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley.” ” “A robot called Bina48 has successfully taken a course in the philosophy of love at Notre Dame de Namur University , in California,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics.

Strategy Shift Leads to Layoffs (and a Rogue Ex-Employee) at Coding Kit Company Pi-Top

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The employee also claimed that Pi-Top is in talks with Pearson for an investment or possible sale of some or all of the company. Buchesky says the company vets all credible proposals for new capital and potential exit opportunities, declining to comment specifically on the Pearson claim.

Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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We think platforms like Pearson’s MyLab and Cengage’s MindTap are the enemy. Yes, working actively to erode the student-faculty relationship—or worse, somehow obviate the faculty role—by trying to create “ a robot tutor in the sky that can semi-read your mind ” is entirely wrong-headed. This material was created by David Wiley and you can download, edit and share it for free under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license from the original post on his blog.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

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The same was true at the affluent, predominantly white Barrington Middle School, which will soon move into a $68 million building fitted with a robotics lab. They argue that Summit is not your average private vendor and, because of its ties to Silicon Valley, is different even from educational heavyweights like Macmillan and Pearson. Pearson?

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

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Pearson, for example, was founded (albeit as a construction company) in 1844 and acquired along the long history various textbook publishing companies which have also been around since the turn of the twentieth century. My favorite ludicrous claim remains that of Knewton’s CEO who told NPR in 2015 that his company was a “mind reading robot tutor in the sky.”

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” The “guru” is Brendan Kealey , formerly with Pearson. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Edsurge : “ Robots Won’t Replace Instructors , 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Wonder Workshop (robotics) – $41 million. Robotics , with ~ $99 million in funding. Pearson, for one.) Or one could look at ed-tech companies that laid off staff: the coding bootcamp Galvanize , the analytics company Civitas Learning , the learning management system Schoology , MOOC provider Coursera , the education giant Pearson , for example.

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” “ Pearson , WTF? ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total. (National) Education Politics. “ The Republican War on College ,” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. “ Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education,” The Washington Post reports. And perhaps it’s not just higher ed.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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Even if these publications fade away , the breathless stories about the possibilities of brainwave-reading mindfulness headbands and " mind-reading robot tutors in the sky " continue to be told. Pearson sold its US K-12 curriculum business for $250 million. Pearson said it would shift its strategy and make all its textbooks “ digital first ” (which you just know is going to cost students more).

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” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Pearson Unveils Immersive History Curriculum, Even as Potential Sale of K–12 Products Looms.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. From Pearson : “ AI-based tutoring : A new kind of personalized learning.” Via Edsurge : “What Robots Can Teach Us About Being Human.” ” Via Edsurge : “Cat Ears and Robot Friends: What Japan ’s Educational Future Could Include.”

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Pearson claims Pearson’s personalized learning products work. It partnered with Pearson. University of Stirling’s Ben Williamson has described the partnership between IBM and Pearson as “part of a serious aspiration to govern the entire infrastructure of education systems through real-time analytics and machine intelligences, rather than through the infrastructure of test-based accountability that currently dominates.

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“ Can Pearson Sell Efficacy? ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The Hechinger Report lists “Ten jobs that are safe from robots.” Via Forbes : “Building Brains: How Pearson Plans To Automate Education With AI.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Via Edsurge : “ Pearson , an Investor in Knewton , Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products.” ” No disclosure in the story that Edsurge shares investors with Knewton , nor that Pearson is, by way of Learn Capital, also an investor in Edsurge. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via The Verge : “Elon Musk-backed OpenAI is teaching robots how to learn just like humans do.” Education Politics.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Previously, she was a Technology Integrator at Sacred Heart teaching robotics and programming to 5th through 7th grades and supporting the faculty''s technology and integration needs. As well as teaching a graduate course at Columbia Teacher''s College in Educational Technology and directing the Technology and Innovation at The School, he is an author for Pearson''s Interactive Science Program (a K-8 Science series for 21st century schools).

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” Via Edsurge : “What’s Next for Pearson ? Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Via Education Week : “ Pearson Tested ‘Social-Psychological’ Messages in Learning Software, With Mixed Results.” ” Gizmodo also picked up the story : “Pearson Embedded a ‘Social-Psychological’ Experiment in Students’ Educational Software [Updated].”

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Via Edsurge : “ Pearson ’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” From the Pearson website : “ Pearson 2018 half-year results.” ” Related, this from EdWeek’s Market Brief : “Investors Pressure Pearson CEO for Details on Sale of U.S. My apologies that this is a day late.

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Pearson has added Snap chairman Michael Lynton to its board of directors. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Robots will replace teachers by 2027 ,” Futurism predicts. “ When the Robots Come for Our Jobs, They’ll Spare the Teachers ,” Edsurge tries to reassure its readers. Robots are coming for your children. “Why these friendly robots can’t be good friends to our kids,” Sherry Turkle argues.

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

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MakeBlock (robotics) – $30 million. Companies that were actively acquiring startups in previous years – Blackboard, Pearson, and PowerSchool for example – have not bought any startups this year.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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” Note the significant difference in language in this headline from The Verge , for example – “ Harvard’s Root robot teaches kids how to code ” – and the way in which Seymour would describe the LOGO Turtle – that students would using programming to teach the robot. And then there’s the advice from Pearson. ’” asked a venture capitalist in an op-ed published by Pearson.