Parsing Cal State's agenda, Betsy DeVos' school choice push, gun-free school zones: What's new in education today

Los Angeles Times

Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. California State University's Board of Trustees are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss graduation rates, executive compensation and the budget shortfall. The L.A. Unified Board of Education's curriculum and special education committees are also meeting today. California State University's Board of Trustees are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss graduation rates, executive compensation and the budget shortfall. The L.A. Unified Board of Education's curriculum and special education committees are also meeting today.


Betsy DeVos' Department of Education misspells W.E.B. Du Bois' name, then misspells its apology

Mashable

"Education must not simply teach work -- it must teach life." Du Bois were echoed by the U.S. Department of Education's Twitter account, but ironically, with a spelling error. The account attributed the words to W.E.B. "DeBois." Of course, people on Twitter noticed right away and were not afraid to bring out the red pens and correct the "alternative spelling." Later, the account apologized for the error -- but, sadly, it botched that too.


Tracking Behavioral Patterns among Students in an Online Educational System

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Analysis of log data generated by online educational systems is an essential task to better the educational systems and increase our understanding of how students learn. In this study we investigate previously unseen data from Clio Online, the largest provider of digital learning content for primary schools in Denmark. We consider data for 14,810 students with 3 million sessions in the period 2015-2017. We analyze student activity in periods of one week. By using non-negative matrix factorization techniques, we obtain soft clusterings, revealing dependencies among time of day, subject, activity type, activity complexity (measured by Bloom's taxonomy), and performance. Furthermore, our method allows for tracking behavioral changes of individual students over time, as well as general behavioral changes in the educational system. Based on the results, we give suggestions for behavioral changes, in order to optimize the learning experience and improve performance.


Bonsai and NVIDIA: Lowering the Barriers to AI NVIDIA Blog

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In turn, each layer of abstraction lets a larger group of developers build more proficient programs in less time. AI is at the level of the assembly language currently. Toolkits like TensorFlow are phenomenally helpful for data scientists previously used to working at the equivalent of the machine code level, but there are only about 19,000 data scientists worldwide. Bonsai's AI Engine works at a higher level of abstraction so millions of developers, and the companies that employ them, can more efficiently build AI into applications and systems. Imagine when the developers at GE, the U.S. Department of Education or the Red Cross are able to program intelligent applications as quickly and collaboratively as they might program a database.


Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithms - Machine Learning Mastery

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What is supervised machine learning and how does it relate to unsupervised machine learning? In this post you will discover supervised learning, unsupervised learning and semis-supervised learning. Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithms Photo by US Department of Education, some rights reserved. The majority of practical machine learning uses supervised learning. Supervised learning is where you have input variables (x) and an output variable (Y) and you use an algorithm to learn the mapping function from the input to the output.