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Inside Liberia’s controversial experiment to outsource education | Financial Times
“Some form of public-private partnership might be part of the puzzle here but you need good governance around that, proper public procurement and monitoring. What’s missing is government capacity to hold up its end of the bargain and, in lieu of that, you’ve got some operators willing and able to run roughshod." Another big question: if a profit is not to be had, will private investors fold up their operations? What then of the students?
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Office 365 ProPlus updates | Office Blogs
If you've purchased Office 2016 (or earlier) perpetual licenses from Microsoft, their ability to connect to Office 365 services will expire in 2020. And here I thought perpetual meant more than 4 years...
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire | New York Times
Uber tracked users *after* they deleted the app from their phones. Apple maintains ultimate discretion over how they treat partner services in their app store, even in flagrant violation of their rules. Oh, and unroll.me collects and sells user data while helping you clean up your inbox. If you are an Uber fan, time to get to know how the company really operates and question whether they deserve your business.
edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Shift to online classes 'discriminates' against rural children, mother claims | Stuff.co.nz
In New Zealand, the shift to online classes 'discriminates' against rural children without easy access to the internet and who have parents who are not tech-savvy.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
How a cyber trail led to the school threat suspect | Burlington Free Press
Every account and phone number used in the threats were traced to particular times, servers and locations. All messages, even draft emails that had been deleted, were recorded. By the time the South Burlington High School senior was arrested, federal investigators had counted eight threats involving eight email accounts, a virtual private network and three Facebook accounts.
cybersecurity  edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Is It Time to Break Up Google? | New York Times
Could it be that Google has become a natural monopoly by supplying an entire market’s demand for a service, at a price lower than what would be offered by two competing firms? And if so, is it time to regulate them like public utilities? Interesting and notable that the question can even be raised.
edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
UGA Dining Halls to introduce eye scanners | The Red & Black
"The system works by taking a picture of the iris and then comparing it to biometric data kept on file with the university. The program is also being incorporated into the orientation process, where it will be a part of the getting a UGAID. By 2021, most of the student body should be in the system." Your password gets hacked, you can change it. When this system gets breached, your identity may be forever compromised.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor | PCWorld
Google’s Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks have quickly insinuated themselves into American classrooms. Google and its partners have pitched Chromebooks as affordable, simple to use and manage, and rugged enough to survive student use. Windows 10 Cloud appears to be Microsoft's attempt to compete.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Microsoft improves Gmail experience for Windows 10 Insiders, but there are privacy concerns | betanews
If Google gets to scan your email, Microsoft feels it should be able to do so, too. The best of both worlds or the worst?
edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability | Education Next
Interoperability is an issue in the market of edtech devices, apps and services. That much I agree with. Ultimately, the question for me is whether the way forward preserves student agency and ensures security or not. Absent an ethical framework, I don't know how much progress we can make on automated data sharing (no matter what 'innovation theory' may have to offer to our understanding).
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Google Plans Ad-Blocking Feature in Popular Chrome Browser | WSJ
"The ad-blocking step may seem counter-intuitive given Google’s reliance on online advertising revenue, but the move is a defensive one."
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Schoolhouse Data Breach | MacKeeper
Schoolzilla, a student data warehousing platform, made the all-too-common mistake of configuring their cloud storage for public access. The breach affects 1.3 million K-12 students.
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Google on disrupting the education system | Marketing Week
Google has unveiled plans to use its Squared Online course to disrupt the education system. “Squared Online" bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. It offers a more experiential learning experience.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance | Idle Words
"I contend that there are structural reasons to worry about the role of the tech industry in American political life, and that we have only a brief window of time in which to fix this."
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Apple Forces Recyclers to Shred All iPhones and MacBooks | Motherboard
Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a progressive, environmentally friendly company. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Instagram and Snapchat are Most Popular Social Networks for Teens; Black Teens are Most Active on Social Media, Messaging Apps | APNORC.org
Via Amanda Lenhart: A new poll of 790 teens age 13-17 conducted by The AP-NORC Center explores how adolescents use social media and messaging applications and examines disparities in use among teens of different groups.
edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
OIT unveils two-factor authentication for Blackboard log-in | The Princetonian
Princeton University is moving to 2FA authentication for student LMS logins. Have you? If not, why not?
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
FCC Chairman Wants E-Rate Application Process Improved | Education Week
New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is not happy with the way USAC is running the E-rate program.
erate  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Are Higher Education Information Systems Inherently Insecure? | Educause Review
"Given the many reported system/data breaches, colleges and universities could clearly do a better job of protecting the student, faculty, and staff information entrusted to them." Many of the same lessons can and need to be translated to K-12.
edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter_favs
april 2017 by douglevin
‘Use your voice:’ Snowden talks whistleblowing, duty and privacy with W&M students | Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
“What so many people forget is that we are a nation born of criminality, born of an act of treason,” Snowden replied. “What many people have said about me is that I’m a traitor, that I have committed an act of treason…but the truth is I have not been charged with treason.”
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
Phishing ‘scam’ causes campus-wide panic | The Hofstra Chronicle
"Students in two classes in the Department of Information Systems & Business Analytics had an assignment: draft fake emails to send to fellow students that would raise awareness about phishing scams. The emails certainly raised awareness about the issue, but they did so while causing campus-wide panic and confusion as students feared they faced suspension, expulsion or a hold on their financial accounts and several departments scrambled to figure out what was going on."
phishing  edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI | MIT Technology Review
"No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem."
machinelearning  AI  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter_favs
april 2017 by douglevin
Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools | Digital Literacy Resource Platform
The Companion Learning Tools present five fictional yet realistic privacy-related scenarios of edtech adoption in public elementary, middle, and high schools, along with questions to guide discussion of the opportunities and challenges embodied in each scenario.
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
MIT’s WaitSuite Uses Clever Interaction Design To Make You Smarter | co.design
By harnessing moments where you’re waiting–from Instagram to Gchat–these apps help you make a habit of learning.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
We Must Track How Technology Is Changing Work | Scientific American
Without more information, policymakers - and school leaders - may be flying blind into the next industrial revolution.
edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin
He’s got access to your students’ info and is trying to decide what to do. Now what will YOU do? | databreaches.net
Posted in the hopes that it will make some teachers – and school administrators – think about when the last time was that they did a password reset. Indeed, might this be a good time to do one?
databreach  infosec  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter_favs
april 2017 by douglevin
Algorithmic Bias a Rising Concern for Ed-Tech Field, RAND Researchers Say
"Educators need to not cede complete control to the computer," Welser said. That means being aware which products used in the classroom, school, or district rely on algorithms and artificial intelligence to make decisions; understanding what decisions they are making; and paying attention to how different groups of students are experiencing the products.
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
EFF Releases Spying on Students Ed Tech Report
As part of their larger student privacy campaign, EFF released a report entitled “Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy” that -
among other things - summarizes the results of a survey of over 1,000 students, parents, teachers, librarians, school administrators, system administrators, and community members.
edtechstrategies  2017w16 
april 2017 by douglevin
Minnesota schools fend off cyberattack disguised as message from state ed chief | StarTribune.com
Minnesota school superintendents were targeted by an e-mail “spear phishing” scam aimed at gathering financial information about their districts, which came disguised as an official message from Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
edtech  edtechstrategies  2017w16  from twitter
april 2017 by douglevin

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