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Like all the other API priorities, education is an area that needs a great deal of attention, but will also require critical analysis regarding how and where APIs make sense.

I'm the biggest fan of APIs, but when it comes to what is most important for our kids, we have to step back, and make sure we are doing what is best for everyone involved, while also taking privacy and security into consideration.

The biggest reason I do these projects for API Evangelist is so that I can start developing a greater understanding of what is going on in the education space, and start documenting my research for others--much like I did with API Evangelist in the early days.

The logical place to start with education is to identify the best APIs that are available, while also aggregating news and analysis, in hopes of creating a single place to research APIs and data portability in education.


Lego Mindstorms: A History of Educational Robots — The History of the Future of Education — Medium

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In the fall of 1984, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen — then the CEO of Lego (and grandson of its founder) — happened to watch a television interview featuring MIT professor Seymour Papert.In it, Papert demonstrated how children could use the programming language he’d developed, LOGO, to control robot “turtles” — to move the robots forward and backward a specified distance, turn right or left a specified degree, drop a pen and draw.Lego had created a special education division some years earlier and with the launch of the Technic line had begun to offer construction sets with pneumatics and motors.Kristiansen was struck watching Papert by the similarities more.

Edtechs Inequalities

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read This talk was delivered virtually today at Western Oregon University.The slide deck is available here.“Education is the civil rights issue of our time,” you’ll often hear politicians and education reform types say.Here’s US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan back in 2010, for example: To the contrary, I maintain that civil rights remain the civil rights issue of our generation.When we see, for example, the Supreme Court overturn part of the Voting Rights Act, when we see rampant police violence against marginalized groups, when we see backlash against affirmative action and against Title IX protections, when we see pervasive more.

Ministry of Higher Education and Research: public open data

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For almost a year now, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has been opening its public data on the first ministerial open data platform.It has partnered with OpenDataSoft to enhance its ambitious public open data program.OpenDataSoft technical performances have allowed the Ministry to take its French Open Data mission to a whole new level.Today, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research’s Open Data portal gathers 25 datasets and 2.5 million lines of public data. more.

Fresno Unified School District Combines Report Cards, Attendance Sheets and More Into A Text

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If you throw a tangled bit of prose at Fresno Unified School District’s teachers, they’ll grab it and unpack it into a digestible lesson for their students.Word problems, math problems, science problems, are no problem inside their classrooms.Outside the classroom, there was one lingering problem for FUSD: the parent/teacher portal, an one-stop resource for parents to track how their children are doing in school.In the portal, parents can see their kids grades, attendance, test scores, behavior, and what classes they should enroll in — that’s if they log in to the portal at all.FUSD used Twilio SMS to give more.

Open ends?

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In the run-up to her keynote for the OER15 Conference –  which I hope to see in person — Sheila MacNeill asks for examples and ideas concerning the “mainstreaming” of OER and open educational practice in higher education.I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sheila ends up addressing the question, following on important questions and valuable reality checks she’s already presented.As I mulled over a few ways of responding to her query [I started this post weeks ago], I happened to read Tony Hirst’s statement of Academic Philosophy.I was particularly struck by Tony’s definition of open practice: “driven by more.