EdTech – confusion and cure – The Statesman

edtech – confusion and cure – the statesman


As schools wear a haunted look and desolate playgrounds await the return of about 25 crore students across India post the coronavirus pandemic, one industry has seen a startling upsurge.
The Education Technologies or EdTech sector has over 4,500 startups foraying into the education space, offering disruptive solutions, yet also creating a confusing and overwhelming array of choices for schools, teachers and even parents.
The rapid proliferation of technology in education is a supply-side push, leading to a systemic overload – a simple search on Google Play Store reflects hundreds of applications for K-12 learning content.

There are simply way too many companies doing the same thing with overlapping objectives, demarcating a clear divide between the pace at which the industry is growing vis-a`-vis the capacity of the system to effectively leverage and integrate technology.
EdTech has significantly polarized the opinions of stakeholders in the sector. Opponents, haunted by visions of robots leading classrooms or children glued for prolonged durations to computer screens, fear technology is dehumanizing education, trying to replace the teacher.
Meanwhile, proponents, who advocate for its ubiquitous implementation, tend to view technology as a sort of magic bullet, which can solve every problem. However, both these views are erroneous. …



Retired COS Director of Nursing is school’s newest Faculty Emeritus

retired cos director of nursing is school’s newest faculty emeritus


Fedora’s longtime career at COS began in 1985 when she was hired to teach theory classes for the Licensed Vocational Nurse program. In January 1986, upon the retirement of Hazel McCarthy she became the second Director and Instructor of Nursing.
It is a significant moment when a school’s faculty recommend the elevation of one of their retired members to emeritus status. It does not happen all the time; the recognition is reserved for those who have completed their career as faculty and during their career went above and beyond – and are seen by their peers as having been exceptional.
In a press release last week, College of the Siskiyous announced that they’ll recognize the Geri Fedora, former Faculty and Director of Nursing at COS, who retired in 2011, as their newest Emeritus.
Fedora’s longtime career at COS began in 1985 when she was hired to teach theory classes for the Licensed Vocational Nurse program. In January 1986, upon the retirement of Hazel McCarthy she became the second Director and Instructor of Nursing.
For the next 25 years, thanks to her leadership, the COS Nursing Program would steadily expand, with millions of dollars in new grant funding, growing numbers of students, addition of …


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Vermont Updates its Data Breach Notification Law | Lexology

vermont updates its data breach notification law | lexology


As the COVID-19 pandemic presses on, privacy and security matters continue to be at the forefront for federal and state legislature. We recently reported that Washington D.C. updated its data breach notification law. Now, the Vermont legislature also amended its data breach notification law, with significant overhauls including expansion of its definition of personal information, and the narrowing of permissible circumstances under which substitute notice may be applied. Bill S.110 amending Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, V.S.A §§ 2330 & 2335, b23-0215, was signed into law by Governor Phil Scott, and will take effect July 1, 2020. In addition Bill S.110, creates a new duties and prohibitions with respect to student privacy directed towards educational technology services (similar to a law first enacted in California, and later adopted by over 20 states).
Key updates to Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act include:
Expansion of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Following many other states, the new law will add to the data elements that if breached could trigger a notification obligation. Prior to this amendment, the definition of PII in Vermont was limited to four basic data elements that when unencrypted, a consumer’s first name or first initial and last name in combination …


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Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs – EdSurge News

pandemic may (finally) push online education into teacher prep programs – edsurge news


On an ordinary June morning, kids descend on the campus of Auburn University to try science experiments at the college of education’s annual STEM camp. It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. This year, camp is canceled due to COVID-19. But education students still need to work on lesson plans, and kids still need summer activities. So the college is asking its future teachers to make online activity guides and videos for Home Works, a new distance learning program designed to help kids connect the curricula they usually learn in person at school or camp with what’s going on in their real lives—which right now mostly means being stuck at home. “I want to make sure my undergrads are thinking about their impact outside of a formal classroom,” says Martina P. McGhee, assistant clinical professor of elementary education at Auburn University. There are plenty of reasons why the pandemic-prompted shift to remote teaching this spring hasn’t worked especially well for many students. By now, you can probably list them by …


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Polk schools preparing for different kind of fall semester

polk schools preparing for different kind of fall semester


Polk schools, colleges and universities say they will follow education and health expert guidelines in the fall.
This content is being provided for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak. Please support local journalism by subscribing to at — America might be cracking the door on normalcy these days, but school districts, colleges and universities are thinking ahead to the fall semester, when a second wave of COVID-19 and massive budget shortfalls are expected to hit.“This pandemic is a very fluid situation. We are planning for three different scenarios,” said Polk County Public Schools spokeswoman Rachel Pleasant.Those scenarios are:• Physically reopening schools with increased health and safety measures.• Continuing with distance learning.• A hybrid approach of both.“Our plans will be subject to any guidance we receive from the governor’s office and the Florida Department of Education,” Pleasant said.In addition, most educational experts expect to see huge tax revenue shortfalls, which will mean massive cuts to the state’s current $90.98 billion budget.As for Polk County and how it will operate in the fall, Michelle Townley, a regional assistant superintendent, indicated that if distance learning continues, …


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Bengio-Backed Startup Korbit Introduces STEM Intelligent Tutoring System – Synced

bengio-backed startup korbit introduces stem intelligent tutoring system – synced


The World Economic Forum recently estimated that more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries have been forced out of their classrooms by the COVID-19 pandemic. Education has changed as a result, with demand for remote learning systems accelerating the rise of e-learning digital platforms.Whether the adoption of online learning will continue post-pandemic remains unknown, but even a slight shift could heavily impact the huge global education market. Lower-cost online educational approaches such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) have flourished over the past decade and now boast many millions of users.In a domain as sensitive as education, quality is essential. Assessing the performance of online learning systems however is difficult due to low levels of active learning, little feedback from instructors, and fewer peer discussions. Because different students have different interests, needs and abilities, Canadian education technology startup Korbit Technologies has introduced a personalized AI-powered learning experience that it says can help all students learn faster and better in a cost-effective way.A spin-off from the Mila lab (Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Institute) led by Turing Award honouree Yoshua Bengio, Korbit announced a seed round of over CA$2.65 million last October. The company says over 7,000 students have enrolled since …


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WSWHE BOCES Educator Earns National Recognition

wswhe boces educator earns national recognition


SARATOGA SPRINGS — CoSN and EdScoop announced the edtech professionals selected for the 2020 NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders Program on May 19.
The program annually recognizes rising technology leaders in K-12 school districts across the United States who have embraced technological innovation to improve education outcomes. WSWHE BOCES is pleased to announce that Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools, Laurie Guyon, was among five educators chosen from a highly accomplished group of finalists nationwide based on their personal essays and the diversity of the populations they serve, among other criteria.
“The 2020 NextGen Program cohort consists of a remarkable set of emerging leaders with the hands-on experience and vision needed to ensure that technology makes a profound difference in education,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “We congratulate each of the winners, as well as all of the applicants, on their accomplishments. This is a new generation of leaders that will help us create a new learning reality.” 
The 2020 NextGen Leaders were honored virtually during the CoSN Annual Conference. 
The award comes at a pivotal time in remote learning. WSWHE BOCES has been supporting teachers with many aspects of this transition. It began with the WSWHE Model Schools team designing a resource website and continues …


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Technologies Taking edTech Business to the Next Level

technologies taking edtech business to the next level


By Dileep Gupta

May 28, 2020


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Last update on: May 28, 2020

In the past few months, it has become more obvious than ever that digital transformation is the future of the education sector. Various educational institutions and entrepreneurs have drifted away from the traditional business model and have begun embracing the latest technologies into their business processes. At the same time, many venture capitalists have begun showing interest in EdTech startups. In fact, it has been found that VCs funded about USD 1.7 Bn in the edTech market in 2019 across 105 deals.
This has not solely attracted the attention of business enthusiasts who were confused about entering the edTech space, but has also encouraged Entrepreneurs to tweak their existing businesses with the help of cutting-edge technologies.
Assuming that you are someone falling into the latter category, I will be revealing a complete list of technologies changing the education landscape in this article. 
But before that, it is wise to take a look at the present scenario of the edTech market so as to get a clarity of the impact of technology on the education industry.
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An Outlook of the Present …


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U.S. to Expel Chinese Graduate Students With Ties to China’s Military Schools

u.s. to expel chinese graduate students with ties to china’s military schools


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students and researchers in the United States who have direct ties to universities affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army, according to American officials with knowledge of the discussions.The plan would be the first designed to bar the access of a category of Chinese students, who, over all, form the single largest foreign student population in the United States.It portends possible further educational restrictions, and the Chinese government could retaliate by imposing its own visa or educational bans on Americans. The two nations have already engaged in rounds of retribution over policies involving trade, technology and media access, and relations are at their worst point in decades.American officials are discussing ways to punish China for its passage of a new national security law intended to enable crackdowns in Hong Kong, but the plans to cancel student visas were under consideration before the crisis over the law, which was announced last week by Chinese officials. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the visa plans with President Trump on Tuesday in a White House meeting.American universities are expected to push back against the administration’ …


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