Innovation

SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference?

On my first day in Austin I had a terrific hourlong conversation with Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education. He had a lot of candid observations and great lines: “The vast amount of data in our education system can be used for good, and also for bad actors and bad reasons,” and on […]

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Amplify unveils new digital curriculum

Amplify, the digital education brand owned by News Corp, unveiled its new digital curriculum today at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX. They offered me a preview on February 21st. At last year’s conference Amplify announced its own custom-built educational tablet with great fanfare. Since then it’s had a rocky rollout with a recall in […]

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Hechinger Report heads to #SXSWedu: Our top picks and tips!

South by Southwest Edu , this March 3-6 in Austin TX, has grown into a several-thousand-person big-tent conference about all things innovative in education: not just technology and entrepreneurship but new approaches to issues like inequality and social and emotional learning. “The same way seismic shifts in the music, film and technology industries fueled the […]

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Bridging college-to-career

As of last June, 46% of recent college graduates were underemployed, meaning they had jobs that didn’t require a college degree, while a further 6% were unemployed. For employers, meanwhile, hiring young people means dealing with a lot of churn and an extensive training process; the average tenure in a first job is just 18 […]

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#Schoolprivacyzone: emerging best practices for a contentious issue

Advocacy group Common Sense Media held a summit in Washington, DC on Monday as part of a national campaign on the highly contested topic of student data privacy. A recent study by Fordham University Law School found that as schools and districts adopt cloud computing services, they are transferring student information to third-party providers, often […]

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Guest Post: A new approach to accountability

Note: Through March 27th I’ll be sharing this Digital/Edu space with some excellent professionals in the area of learning and innovation for one weekly guest post. In addition to bringing new voices and ideas to our readers, this will help me as I finish the first draft of my forthcoming book, The Test, on the […]

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Measures of the heart: non-cognitive skills tests

Being smart isn’t all you need to succeed. Non-cognitive or meta-cognitive skills such as self-awareness, self-control, empathy, communication and cooperation are as important or even more important to long-term success than cognitive factors like math and reading ability. The evidence is undeniable, but US school assessment and accountability systems are currently limited to measures of […]

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Guest Post: the latest MOOC Research

Note: Through March 27th I’ll be sharing this Digital/Edu space with some excellent professionals in the area of learning and innovation for one weekly guest post. In addition to bringing new voices and ideas to our readers, this will help me as I finish the first draft of my forthcoming book, The Test, on the […]

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The secrets of networked teens: Q&A with author danah boyd

danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She’s one of the most knowledgeable resources in the field of young people and social media. Her highly anticipated book, It’s Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked […]

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Should “data literacy” be part of teacher licensure?

Data is a hot topic in education. In 2009, under Race to the Top, all 50 states committed to creating data systems with 12 key elements. These included tracking each student by a unique statewide identifier, and seeing what happens when they leave school: do they graduate? Enroll in college? Do they need remedial classes in […]

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