Hack Education Weekly News: Apple's Smartwatch (and What It Says about Ed-Tech Bloggers)

Hack Education Weekly News: Apple's Smartwatch (and What It Says about Ed-Tech Bloggers)

It's time for the annual bullshittery of college rankings. The Pope doesn't launch a MOOC, darn it. UBC joins edX. edX focuses on high school students. Apple announces a smartwatch and education technology is changed forever - at least if you believe some of the things I've read in blogs this week. Microsoft might buy Minecraft. UIUC's Board of Trustees votes to terminate Steven Salaita's position, and the chill is felt everywhere. [...]

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Teaching Machines: A Brief History of

Teaching Machines: A Brief History of "Teaching at Scale" #t509Massive

Here are the notes and the slides from my talk today with Justin Reich's class "The Future of Learning at Scale," a HGSE class. Between the jetlag (I got home from England late last night) and the fact that I've got way more to say about teaching machines than can fit into a 20 minutes talk... well... yeah... It was really interesting to see the responses to the talk on Twitter. I've included a Storify of some of those as well. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Coursera and Ed-Tech Data Security

Hack Education Weekly News: Coursera and Ed-Tech Data Security

I'm on the road, out of the country this week, which makes keeping up on all the education news pretty tough. This feels like only a very partial list of all that happened. What happened: Coursera and data vulnerabilities; changes to the GED; Pearson versus UT professor; civility versus MIT professor; sports team awfulness; Jerry Brown appeals the Vergara ruling; 4000 Starbucks employees apply to ASU; college-branded Jell-O shots; and so much more. [...]

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Beyond the LMS

Beyond the LMS

I gave a talk today at lunch at Newcastle University. The talk was sponsored by NUTELA - not the hazelnut and chocolate spread folks, the Newcastle University Technology Enhanced Learning Advocates. I know Newcastle is one of the universities doing some very interesting work with FutureLearn and so I wanted to talk about some of my fears that MOOCs will simply be the latest version of the LMS (the VLE). How do we move beyond the VLE, beyond the LMS to embrace the Web for teaching and learning. That is, I would argue, what the "open" in MOOC should gesture towards. [...]

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Ed-Tech's Monsters #ALTC

Ed-Tech's Monsters #ALTC

Here are the notes and slides from my keynote this morning at ALTC at the University of Warwick. It's a brisk (45 minute) walk through Bletchley Park, Lord Byron, Luddites, Frankenstein, B. F. Skinner, and Bruno Latour. My argument (which is Latour's argument): we must love our technological creations -- our ed-tech creations -- so that we do not create more ed-tech monsters. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: The Great LAUSD iPad Saga Continues

Hack Education Weekly News: The Great LAUSD iPad Saga Continues

Well well well, LAUSD. You have demonstrated again and again and again and again how not to implement a district-wide 1-1 technology initiative. Congratulations. And now you've shown as well how the back-room deals that lead to Pearson getting its textbooks into classrooms and onto students' iPads really work. Excellent. Thanks. Meanwhile, lots of drama around NCLB and the Common Core this week, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suing the Obama Administration for trying to implement a national curriculum. [...]

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