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March 19, 2014

'Ocean' of Digital Data to Reshape Education, Pearson Report Predicts

Education publisher Pearson sketches out a vision of the future for K-12 schools in a new report that predicts an increasing role for personalized learning.

March 11, 2014

There Is No Bubble in Educational Technology: Not For Businesses That Actually Make Sense

Many people are wondering whether there is a bubble in educational technology. Has too much venture capital been invested in the sector? Have valuations gotten too high? My answer is that there is a bubble in ideas that won't work and a dearth of capital for ideas that can work.

March 05, 2014

Big Ideas, and Words of Caution, About Classrooms of the Future

Bigger data, more advanced learning analytics, and more workplace-like classrooms are the wave of the future, panelists told a crowd at the South by Southwest education conference.

January 30, 2014

Datapalooza: How the Federal Government is Easing the College Process

Datapalooza highlighted the strengthening bond between the federal government and new apps and websites (for profit and nonprofit alike) seeking to streamline and educate the college application process. By providing access to unique and powerful datasets through consumable APIs, the Deparment of Education is creating a framework for public-private-partnerships that can best inform the consumer known as the aspiring student.

December 19, 2013

'Predictive' Tech Tools Aim to Help Districts Hire Better Teachers

Two companies are banking on helping districts improve their ability to hire high-performing teachers by using predictive analytics.

December 19, 2013

Companies Offer Big Data Tools to Predict Teacher Candidates' Impact

Two companies have launched new algorithm-based screening tools they believe can predict the impact teacher candidates will have on student performance.

December 11, 2013

Computer Programming: A New Frontier

Tech giants like Google and Microsoft have issued a call for global government surveillance reform, marking quite publicly that we live in a world where technological advancement has accelerated passed our cultural capacity to regulate it. Fears of spying and data ownership have negatively affected K-12, but the advancement has also created new industries for career paths, and with them the need for new educational focus areas.

August 12, 2013

Video Games as 'Petri Dishes' for Assessment Data

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are analyzing 'clickstream data' from video games for signs of learning.

March 29, 2013

Glenn Beck Takes on the Common Core: Is Big Data Big Brother?

I have to say that as someone who grew up learning about the snooping the FBI was doing on American citizens, I am disturbed by the pervasiveness of this data collection. If you think about all the ways data is being gathered from our children, from kindergarten onward, it is not comforting to imagine this information being made available to corporations. I do not even like the idea of all that data existing, because once it is there, it can be leaked or distributed. This is one thing I may have to agree on with Glenn Beck. I do not want the government, or Rupert Murdoch's Amplify, to have access to all this data. And the only way to prevent that may be not to collect the data in the first place.

March 18, 2013

Big Data in Independent Schools: Assessing What We Value?

I find it encouraging that there are tools to actually assess what we value--critical thinking, problem-solving, writing, engagement and curiosity--and to give us support in valuing what we assess.

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