inBloom, Education Technology and the Murdoch-Klein Connection: A Son-of-Frankenstein B-movie Sequel?

Andrea Gabor

Last Sunday’s New York Times ran a fascinating story on the controversy surrounding inBloom, which promises to serve as a one-stop warehouse-in-the-cloud for student data, but which many educators and parents worry might compromise the privacy of kids in grades K-12. Like a number of major education-reform ventures, this one was launched by a group of funders led by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Now that most states have signed onto the Common Core State Standards, which will use computerized assessments, the allure of creating a central repository of student data is more compelling than ever.  The NYT lays out the potential benefits of the inBloom system, including the ability to store large amounts of student information and provide tools for analyzing the data–information that will be available not only to educators, but also to education-technology developers who can tailor products to student and school needs. The…

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3 responses to “inBloom, Education Technology and the Murdoch-Klein Connection: A Son-of-Frankenstein B-movie Sequel?

  1. Greg MAZZOTTA

    I reported last week that the NY Common Core materials were distributed for all to see and that there were cop orate branding opportunities. This comes, perhaps, as the news that Pearson education publishing is reporting a decrease in stock value.

    Concerned citizens would be wise to follow and connect these data
    dots and make an informed impression of what is being allowed to happen to Delaware.

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  2. Delaware was not an inBloom member…from an article in March 2013 “Kentucky, Georgia and Delaware – all initially listed as partners on the inBloom website – told Reuters that they never made a commitment and have no intention of participating.” http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/29/us-usa-education-database-idUSBRE94S0YU20130529

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  3. “all initially listed as partners”…looks like DEDOE caved.

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