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Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition [Workbench] | EdSurge News
Google acquired Workbench, a Baltimore-based company that provides an online library of lessons and projects, organized by subject and grade level, that educators can use in their classrooms. It also offers a programming interface where students can do coding exercises and even control bluetooth-connected devices that are integrated with the platform.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test? | EdSurge News
Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. Today, the company announced it is inviting any content creator, including individual educators, to apply for its Premium Content program... And much like how marketplaces like Amazon leverage user data to surface purchase suggestions, Quizlet plans to do the same as users flip through their study sets... It recently surpassed the 100-staff mark, and opened a second office in Denver that could soon house more than 300 employees. Quizlet is currently not profitable.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Mobile learning will close the education gap in men, not women — Quartz
So why are more men than women using the internet in two-thirds of countries? It turns out it’s hard to get online if you’re a young woman: Cost, stereotypes, and family concerns about online harassment block young women from using tech and accessing opportunities. In this sense, the barrier to getting online isn’t the newest app or smartphone, it’s usually the most low-tech barrier imaginable: your family or community... When women in Nigeria were asked why they didn’t own a mobile phone, 40% said the barrier wasn’t money, but literacy. This creates a digital chicken-and-the-egg scenario, where women need mobile technology to gain access to an education, but they can’t use said technology unless they’ve already been educated... If a young woman is literate, manages to get a working smartphone, and her family is supportive, there’s still one more barrier to studying for that college degree online: paying not for her classes, but for her data... Simply having access to hardware doesn’t mean people can use it. According to research released last month by the Alliance for Affordable Internet, even just 1GB of mobile data is not affordable for more than 2.3 billion people globally. In some countries, 1GB can cost as much as 20% of the average monthly income... To make mobile education succeed across all genders, it turns out the best places to focus are teachers, curriculum and, the classroom environment.
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10 days ago by seaugust
Hope, Agency, Mastery, And Other Terms Educators Are Redefining : NPR
Equipping young people to take on their futures is an unfathomably complex job. Across the country, educators rely on ideas from the worlds of psychology, business, technology and many other fields to fuel their efforts. Here's an attempt to demystify some of the current watchwords in education, especially those that relate to the concept of "personalized learning."
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10 days ago by seaugust
Edtech unicorn Udacity lays off 125 people in global strategy shift | TechCrunch
Yet, for us to scale to the next level and take full advantage of the opportunity ahead, we need to realign our focus. To achieve this, the board and I have made the painful decision to part ways with 125 employees in the U.S. and Brazil over the next three months. We will increase our investments in growth areas like enterprise and career development.
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10 days ago by seaugust
One School District’s Simple Solution to the Homework Gap? Local Businesses | EdSurge News
Students who are able to access digital learning at school, but not at home, are part of what is known as the “homework gap,” and it affects an estimated 12 million students in the U.S. today, according to a congressional report from last year.
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21 days ago by seaugust
‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief | EdSurge News
Earlier this year, Summit Public Schools announced it would be spinning the program out as an independent nonprofit in the 2019-2020 school year...

She believes a lot of the problems with Summit fall on her teachers and administrators, who were not properly trained in using it. Summit Learning officials, in an email to Education Week, also attributed the problems described by the students to poor implementation and a lack of professional development for teachers.

[click-through to read the letter from students]
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21 days ago by seaugust
Parents swear this NYC school [WeGrow] is a utopia
Welcome to WeGrow, a progressive new pre-K and elementary school from WeWork, the shared workspace company, and housed in its Chelsea headquarters. The $42,000-a-year curriculum ($36,000 for preschool for ages 3 to 4 and $22,000 for 2-year-olds) is a slick mish-mash of Montessori, New Age philosophy and Silicon Valley capitalism set amongst Architecture Digest-worthy interiors. Just a couple months into the school year, parents — and their children — are thrilled with the highly branded experience, but some in the education world caution that it could end up being yet another failed attempt by techie types to revolutionize schools.
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21 days ago by seaugust
Dyslexic Friendly Font - Khan Academy's New Accessibility Feature | Khan Academy Engineering
This change will allow users to change the website’s font from Lato, our standard body text font, to OpenDyslexic.
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25 days ago by seaugust
Importance of SAT, ACT Scores Dwindling in College Admissions - Education Week
The decline in the importance of SAT and ACT scores dovetails with the trend of making ACT or SAT scores optional when a student applies to college. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which opposes high-stakes standardized tests, has been keeping a list of the colleges that let students apply without SAT or ACT scores. That list has grown to more than 1,000.
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25 days ago by seaugust
Why Growth Mindset Still Has Some Growing to Do | EdSurge News
But what happens when a student doesn’t experience academic success? One can teach them growth mindset lessons all day long, but without personal proof that their effort translates to improvement, it just won’t work. I’ve seen it have the opposite effect: “I thought I could get better if I kept working at it. Maybe this just isn’t for me,” one student said.

Image: https://edsurge.imgix.net/uploads/photo/image/6290/growth-1542055737.jpg
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25 days ago by seaugust
The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal : NPR
Is personalized learning destined to be just another ed reform flash-in-the-pan? Will it have a narrow impact, primarily on computer-aided instruction, in just a few subjects? Or will the changes be bigger?
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25 days ago by seaugust
What Does Personalized Learning Mean? Whatever People Want It To
But for now, personalized learning continues to mean a little bit of everything, and nothing in particular. And that's leaving K-12 at the center of a blizzard, with a limited vocabulary for describing the new practices, old philosophies, and big questions swirling around them.

Video: https://youtu.be/uv8Dy6HTk2I
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25 days ago by seaugust
Why Does Personalized Learning Sometimes Feel Impersonal?
"Many have assumed the reason tutoring works is it individualizes, it adapts to the content needs of the child—and many have argued that tech is a much lower-cost, more-reliable version of tutoring," said Slavin, also the founder of Success for All, a school improvement model focused on tutoring. "But the evidence says absolutely not. Real, concentrated help is more than just individualization; it's someone saying, 'I'm here, I care about you.'"
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25 days ago by seaugust
The cult of creativity is making us less creative — Quartz
In Senechal’s view, creativity is both simpler and more difficult than its most vocal proponents make it out to be. It’s not as easy as just having an open mind or being talented at seeing newness in a vacuum. On the other hand, creativity is neither magical nor elusive. Inventiveness stems from practice and variation, attempts to play with traditions and tweak them bit by bit. Nothing useful is totally new. Rather, invention is a twist on a time-tested method, borne of knowledge.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For? | EdSurge News
One of the most interesting takeaways from this analysis, Baker notes, is that app effectiveness varies widely, including within natural categorical breakdowns. For example, McGraw-Hill Education's math and science app ALEKS led to higher performance in a school located in a mid-sized city in the Midwest, but not in smaller towns. Another math program, Dreambox Learning, was associated with higher learning outcomes in a mid-sized city in the Midwest, but not in a similar neighboring city.

“I would’ve put down my hypothesis at the beginning that urban districts would look like other urban districts, rural districts would look like rural districts and small districts would look like small districts,” Baker says. “But I really think it has to do with local implementation conditions. Implementation matters.”
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
China’s Yuanfudao Raises $250 Million From Tencent at $2.8 Billion Valuation | EdSurge News
Founded in 2012, Yuanfudao currently offers live tutoring services covering K-12 school subjects and courses for adult learners. According to The Information, the company earned an estimated 700 million yuan (approximately US $101 million) last year.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
Photomath raises $6 million for its math-solving app | TechCrunch
The app solves around 1.2 billion math problems per month.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
A District CTO Talks About Her District's Winding Path to Interoperability - Education Week
We’re implementing the Ed-Fi standard. We’re a part of the alliance. We’re in year one of a three-year partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to help us implement our Ed-Fi standard and to start up an operational data store, as well as a data vault in the cloud. We’re starting with our core student data and building out from there, then bringing in our education human-resources data, then ultimately bringing in our operational and financial data... But the reality for us is that to bring out some new platform or new tool, with our governance process, our intake process, and our decisionmaking, we take a 12-18 month view. We’ll work with vendors to integrate them into our environment.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust
Why Millions of Teens Can't Finish Their Homework - The Atlantic
It’s a glaring irony that’s also a major force behind class- and race-based discrepancies in academic achievement. In what’s often referred to as the “homework gap,” the unequal access to digital devices and high-speed internet prevents 17 percent of teens from completing their homework assignments, according to the new Pew analysis, which surveyed 743 students ages 13 through 17. Black teens are especially burdened by the homework gap: One in four of them at least sometimes struggle to complete assignments because of a lack of technology at home. And close to half of teenagers in the bottom income bracket have to do their homework on a cellphone occasionally or often.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust

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