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Big data has the power to transform education and educational research. Governments, researchers and commercial companies are only beginning to understand the potential that big data offers in informing policy ideas, contributing to the development of new educational tools and innovative ways of conducting research. This cutting-edge overview explores the current state-of-play, looking at big data and the related topic of computer code to examine the implications for education and schooling for today and the near future. Key topics include: • The role of learning analytics and educational data science in schools • A critical appreciation of code, algorithms and infrastructures • The rise of ‘cognitive classrooms’, and the practical application of computational algorithms to learning environments • Important digital research methods issues for researchers ...

Conceptualizing digital data: Data mining, analytics and imaginaries
Conceptualizing digital data: Data mining, analytics and imaginaries

Digital data have become central to the activities of businesses, governments, media companies, think tanks, cities and scientific innovation, as well as to the everyday lives of billions around the globe. Commercial organizations including supermarkets, online retailers, financial institutions, entertainment and social media companies, transport providers and many more, depend on gathering huge quantities of data from their customers and users in order to optimize the running of their operations. In the universe of the big web companies, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify have enough data on customers both individually and en masse to be able to predict media preferences and make individualized, micro-targeted recommendations (Beer 2013). Google and ...

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