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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 ...

Conclusion: Programmable public pedagogies of software and big data
Conclusion: Programmable public pedagogies of software and big data

Ongoing attempts to utilize big data in education have been animated by an imaginary of the digital future of educational policy, knowledge production, the mind, behaviour and brain of the learner, and of digital citizenship. The big data imaginary of education is, however, becoming a material reality as, increasingly, data analytics are inserted into policymaking processes, as data scientific practices become part of the methodological repertoire of educational research and knowledge production, as emotion and behaviour tracking devices are attached to learners’ bodies and proliferate across classrooms, as R&D labs focus on developing brain-targeted devices, and as young people are exhorted to become apprentice data analysts ...

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