The Dept. of Ed. Reorganization Plan is Out. Where Is the Office of EdTech?

The Trump Administration on Thursday announced a proposal to overhaul the organizational structure of federal departments. Among the ideas: merge the Department of Education with the Department of Labor to form a single Cabinet agency, which is being called the Department of Education and the Workforce.

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Can You Put a Score On a Student’s ‘Agility’ or ‘Diligence’? A New Service Tries It

Companies that make learning software now gather unprecedented amounts of data on student behavior as students do things like read online textbooks or study for tests with digital review tools. But when online learning aids can study students, could that give professors new ways to help learners? And how far is too far in trying to apply such student-activity data?

Can an AR and VR Pilot Program From Google Prepare Kids for Future Careers?

Virtual reality has been the driving force behind Google’s Expeditions app since it launched three years ago. And recently it’s added another layer of “reality” to the virtual field trip tool—AR, or augmented reality to be precise, which take the form of features such as narration, annotations, and a new “solo mode,” going on virtual trips without a guide.

This Isn’t the First Time the White House Attempted to Cut the Dept. of Ed. But Things Are Different Now.

When Betsy DeVos first took the helm at the United States Department of Education back in February 2017, pundits, researchers and even EdSurge weighed in on the event—wondering how the new leader would run the show. Yet few could forecast how tumultuous DeVos’ tenure would be, as her policies and responses to legislators and union leaders have garnered the education secretary a growing list of enemies.

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Facebook Expands ‘Community Boost’ Initiative with College Partnerships in Chicago

In 2017 Facebook claimed more than 4 million companies advertise on its platform, and more than 500,000 companies advertise on Instagram. Many social media marketers have learned their relatively-new trade on the job, but the tech giant now wants to train the next generation of marketers and entrepreneurs on how businesses can use social platforms—specifically theirs.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

There isn’t a New York Times bestseller list for online courses, but perhaps there should be. After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses.

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How a Classics Education Prepares Students for a Modern World

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.Ian Malcolm, Jurassic ParkAs described in our modern mythical tale, Jurassic Park, technology may not always lead to positive outcomes if implemented without critical thought, moral ground or inquiry. From cloning to social media, it is more essential to understand the ethical implications of an idea and how it will impact people than it is to build well-designed code.

You Know Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now Meet Comedic Scientist Sophia Shrand.

There is an art to making science fun and entertaining. Bill Nye has done it, and so has Neil deGrasse Tyson. Maybe now it’s time for a woman? For this episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast, we’re joined Sophia Shrand, host of the comedic YouTube show, “Science with Sophie.”

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GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools

What better way to prepare students for coding careers and computer science-related fields than introducing them to the tools that professionals use?

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3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction

As school leaders across the country seek to adopt social-emotional learning (SEL) as a formal part of curriculum, one question keeps surfacing: How can educators weave SEL into a day already bursting with “have-to’s” and “must-do’s”?

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