Hack Education Weekly News: $30 Million More for Edmodo

Hack Education Weekly News: $30 Million More for Edmodo

In this week's education news: Edmodo raises another $30 million (bringing its investment to $87 million). MOOC-related eyerolling. Side-eye on security reports. Lots of university presidents have decided to "spend more time with their families." Surveys say things. Chegg wants to ditch the textbook rental business, goes for selling college students other crap. High powered lawyer joins high powered journalist's anti-tenure lawsuit. MIT released a report on the "future of MIT education," and as a result the word "modularity" seemed to show up all over the place. I can't decide if I hate it more or less than "MOOC." [...]

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Most Anticipated Back-to-School Tech (Survey)

Most Anticipated Back-to-School Tech (Survey)

It's that time of year once again -- well, unless you're in the southern hemisphere and then let's all agree how much I suck by doing this now: the fifth annual "most anticipated back-to-school tech survey." It's a pretty short and informal and totally unscientific survey. But it's always interesting to see what folks who respond do say about their plans for tech usage. So if you have a minute or two, teachers, please fill in the blanks... [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Lawsuits, Acquisitions, and Homophones

Hack Education Weekly News: Lawsuits, Acquisitions, and Homophones

Lots of education companies were acquired or shuttered this week: Princeton Review, Blendspace, and Sifteo were acquired for example. Pearson said that it's had to lay off about 10% of its workforce over the last few years because times are tough. The University of Texas system has a new chancellor -- the guy who planned the Navy Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden. So yeah. MIT Media Lab released ScratchJr on the iPad. And a blogger for a language school in Salt Lake City was fired because he wrote a post about homophones. I bet you didn't know grammar was so intertwined in the "gay agenda." [...]

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Student Data, Privacy, Ideology, and Context-less-ness

Student Data, Privacy, Ideology, and Context-less-ness

This is one of those late-night rambles -- a follow-up to last night's late night ramble -- that I'll probably wish I never posted come morning. But I'm trying to work through issues that Tressie McMillan Cottom raised in her talk this week on identity and ideology and ed-tech. Here, I point to some recent efforts from a new parent privacy group that I fear, in trying to combat purported privacy violations in technology, reinscribe the very ideologies that feed the technological beast. Maybe. I don't know. [...]

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Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness

Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness

Some mostly unformed thoughts on Tressie McMillan Cottom's talk yesterday at the Berkman Center. I'm trying to work through these ideas for a chapter for Teaching Machines on "the Quantified Student." There are questions here about identity, ideology, and data. I try to relate them to a tweet from Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira (who stepped into a shitstorm on Twitter and now, bless his heart, appears in this blog post). Still working through these ideas. Clearly... [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Rand Paul Loves Khan Academy and Classrooms of 2 Million Students

Hack Education Weekly News: Rand Paul Loves Khan Academy and Classrooms of 2 Million Students

In this week's education news: Knewton partners with the Sesame Workshop, because we gotta start tracking kids' data and competencies early, man. Rand Paul loves Khan Academy and classrooms with 2 million students. A new privacy coalition formed, and I think I lost almost a whole day arguing on the Internet about it. But I was cited (sorta) by Politico for my strategic use of the word "bigot," so that's a job well done for me. MOOC stuff. NCAA stuff. No ed-tech companies raised any money this week, probably because The Chronicle pointed out that they have dumb names. And so much more. [...]

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