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How Google’s Former China Chief [Kai-Fu Lee] Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching
Q: If you were to advise a startup company, maybe even a startup company in education technology, that's thinking about going into China, what would be your advice to them?

A: I would advise, don’t.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust
Disney’s invested in educational gaming app Kahoot, now at a $376M valuation
On the part of Disney, it’s not clear yet whether its Kahoot stake will lead to more Disney content on the platform, or if this is more of an arm’s length financial backing.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust
Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So.
Playful assessment, not to be mistaken for gamification, seeks to capture student mastery in many of the areas that are hard to gauge. Louisa Rosenheck, a research manager at MIT with experience in game design, says the idea is to measure “all the things we say we care about”—like curiosity, creativity and critical thinking—but that traditional assessments miss. “By making assessment playful, we can get closer to measuring the things we actually value,” she says.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust
GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down
He offered an additional take on why GlassLab struggled to find a receptive audience: a misalignment between what games are good at assessing, and the actual (and higher-stakes) tests that students take in schools. While games focus on problem-solving abilities, he claims, most exams test for content and knowledge—things that require more memorization than problem-solving skills.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust
In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’
The Chinese government is pushing online education these days, and like so many things in this country of 1.4 billion people, that means going big. One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies.
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5 weeks ago by seaugust
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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6 weeks 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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6 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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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7 weeks 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.
aifa 
9 weeks 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]
aifa 
9 weeks 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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9 weeks 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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9 weeks 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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9 weeks 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
aifa 
9 weeks 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?
aifa 
9 weeks 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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9 weeks 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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9 weeks ago by seaugust

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