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University Data Science Programs Turn to Ethics and the Humanities

Data scientist Mark Madsen has been programming and crunching data long before buzzwords like artificial intelligence and machine learning were common. So when the field really started expanding around 2010, Madsen, who works near Portland, Ore., began receiving requests from local colleges and universities asking for tips about crafting their data-science curriculum.

When Less Is More: Designing for Education’s Data Overload

A Toronto-based hospital had a problem. Training scenarios in the emergency room had gone poorly because doctors and nurses talked over each other and gave conflicting directions. Treatments were botched. Patient outcomes suffered.

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Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

In his latest EdSurge column, Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another.

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How Can a Student Be ‘Proficient’ in One State But Not Another? Here Are the Graphs

When No Child Left Behind passed back in 2002, Congress enthusiastically proclaimed that 100 percent of American students would be proficient in reading and math by 2014. What they didn’t expect was that some states would significantly lower the bar for proficiency to avoid being marked as failing or losing special funding from the federal government.

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The Maps for Learning Don’t Exist Yet

Editor’s note: This is a response to a post from EdSurge columnist Michael Horn, “Why Google Maps—not Netflix or Amazon—Points to the Future of Education.”Dear Michael,

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The Data Tells All: Teacher Salaries Have Been Declining For Years

Economists following the teacher protests in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona say they saw this coming. As the costs of living, higher education, healthcare and retirement are rising, researchers studying salary trends note that the average pay for teachers has dipped.

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Can Big Data Change a Wicked School Truancy Problem?

The Brightmoor neighborhood in the western edge of Detroit—ravaged by poverty and gang violence, riddled with abandoned homes and boarded-up schools, and lacking public transportation options—has no shortage of wicked problems that exasperate chronic absenteeism in its schools. In fact, there is only one high school, Detroit Community Schools, a charter school, left in the area after other district-run campuses were shut down or abandoned.

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Measuring Learning Will Be Key to Improving It in 2018

There is a popular quote attributed to management expert Peter Drucker: “What gets measured gets improved.” In education, the mantra is equally true. However, since I began working in edtech five years ago, I have been continuously surprised by how little emphasis there is on measuring changes and progress in individual learning, especially in higher education.

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Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

As a young student in Germany, Philip Heimes recalls feeling “invisible” to his teachers. One of many in a classroom packed with students, his learning struggles often went unnoticed. He muddled through with low grades and the assumption that learning was wearisome and trying.“I pulled through with grit, but I sincerely hated school,” explains Heimes.His own school experiences have since fueled his drive to support data-driven personalized learning in an effort to make today’s schools engaging, fun and free of “the stress and angst” many students feel.

Compliance-Based Data Collection Will Never Close Learning Gaps

The beginning of the semester is always a struggle. Finding a balance between building relationships with students, developing community amongst class members and administering the assessments necessary to get the data needed to design instruction isn’t easy. Especially when you’re personalizing instruction for every learner in your class.

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