Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Social Justice

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Social Justice

Part 9 in my year-end review of all things ed-tech. Much of this post focuses on the education injustices and the technology injustices that we saw in 2014. But thanks to my Educolor friends, I do think we can get better at having conversations about ed-tech that aren't fixated on the shiny but are focused on social transformation. Oh and progressive social transformation. I should probably make that clear. I mean, ed reform is interested in transformation too, and it sees ed-tech as a key piece of that. But that's not my revolution... [...]

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 Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: The Indie Web

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: The Indie Web

This is an aspirational post. This, more than any post in the series (SO FAR) is a rant not a reflection. Deal with it. I've written so much in this series. I've put my heart out so much for this industry. You're just going to have to suck it up and shed your tears that I've chosen this -- the pushback against mainstream monstrous ed-tech -- as one of the most important trends. The Indie Web beats "The Hour of Code" in authenticity every day. BOOM. [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Data and Privacy

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Data and Privacy

Part 7 of my Top Ed-Tech Trends series clocks in at under 6500 words. This is the one trend that I've covered again and again and again, not just in these end-of-year posts but throughout my work. I think it's one of the most important considerations that we must make. What data should be private? What data should be shared? Shared with whom? To what end? What protections are in place? What extraction processes are in place? Who's paying attention to any of this? Who's profiting? [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: The Common Core State Standards

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: The Common Core State Standards

Apologies for such a US-centered post. But hey! The US has been so good about exporting its shitty education policies to the rest of the world, you never know. You could have to deal with this soon enough. Particularly if we kick your ass on the upcoming PISA tests. Bwa ha ha. We won't. But anyway. The Common Core State Standards -- in politics, in popular culture, and in big money. Part six of my year-in-review series. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education Weekly News

Lots of student protests across cities and campuses. Lots of political machinations: more money for early childhood education, less money for the Pell Grant program, more money for the E-rate program. Not much investment news. Quite a bit of research news. And a sexual harassment complaint has prompted MIT to remove emeritus professor Walter Lewin from his MITx and to scrub his presence from the Web (or at least, from YouTube). [...]

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Support Hack Education

Support Hack Education

I'm halfway through my annual look back on everything -- and by that I do mean everything -- that happened in ed-tech in 2014. I get so wrapped up in writing these. They are a lot of work. (I hope that's obvious.) And so I often come out of this daze from looking at all my notes and think "Oh yeah, I should remind people that I do all this work for free here." Here's your reminder. Support this blog. Support my work. Thank you. [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Competencies and Certificates

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Competencies and Certificates

Part 5 in my year-end series. Really, the last two and this one are all one massive (heh) look at how post-secondary education may or may not be changing. Here, I examine updates to competency-based education efforts and to alternative certification programs in 2014. This is a short post -- some reprieve for you, dear reader. Short-ish. 2300 words on things like Pearson's control of the GED, new competency-based programs at various universities, nanodegrees, and the like. [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education

Part 4 of my year-end analysis of what's happening in education. And holy shit, my apologies: almost 8000 words on MOOCs, online education, and outsourcing. I actually think the last two are the key takeaways here. MOOCs are a symptom of a larger disease. This isn't really about massive open online education. It's not about massive. It's not about open. It's about online. (Why online? Because a changing student demographic, in part, demands it.) What happens when higher education outsources this to third-party providers? A lot, I tell you. A lot. [...]

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