Hack Education Weekly News: BS, the New LMS

Hack Education Weekly News: BS, the New LMS

Well this week fucking sucked. I've included quite a few things in this week's round-up that aren't specifically focused on "education." But they're about politics, children, democracy, and sadly violence and death. Meanwhile, the big LMS companies partied on with their annual developer conference. Blackboard has a new UI, so that changes everything. And Desire2Learn has rebranded as Brightspace. BS. [...]

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2010-2011 Ed-Tech Startups: Where Are They Now (Updated)

2010-2011 Ed-Tech Startups: Where Are They Now (Updated)

An update to a post I wrote last year about the status of the ed-tech startups I covered while I was at ReadWriteWeb. That was a good post (damn, it's a good feeling to go back to old stories and nod at one's handiwork). After chatting today with the founder of Edshelf, whose company (sadly) is closing at the end of the month, I decided to circle back around to that post. I feel like we're not doing a good job talking about the "lessons learned" in ed-tech. Maybe because there is very little oppositional, investigative ed-tech press. I dunno. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery

Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery

In this week's news: some guy thought he'd be funny and launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 to make some potato salad. He's raised over $40,000 so far because people are awful. Also awful: one of the accused assailants in a highly publicized sexual assault case at the University of Oregon is headed to another school to play basketball. This will be his third college, having been suspended from the previous two for sexual assault. But hey. School sports team. Senator Claire McCaskill is on the case, thankfully. But the big ed-tech news this week, I guess: the mystery surrounding the #massiveteaching MOOC. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Reading Rainbow's Record-breaking Kickstarter

Hack Education Weekly News: Reading Rainbow's Record-breaking Kickstarter

In this week's education news: the dudes on the US Supreme Court are terrible. Edshelf says it's closing its doors, another indication (sadly) that the good guys don't win in ed-tech. The reboot of Reading Rainbow sets a record with its Kickstarter campaign. Ah nostalgia. It really does prompt folks to cough up money, doesn't it. After a week of anti-Facebook furor, PNAS issues a letter of "editorial concern" over the research it published. And RIP to YA author Walter Dean Myers. [...]

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The History of

The History of "Personalization" and Teaching Machines

Over the last few weeks, there's been a flurry of blog posts debating "personalized learning." Is it a scientific theory? Is it ideology? I weigh in (I hope it's okay that I interrupt the dude-fest discussing the topic!) with some of the research from my book. See, we've been talking about "personalization" via teaching machines for almost a century now. These machines certainly predate the learning theories invoked in the blog posts. I believe that (in part) this is about scientific management, not about the science of learning. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Yes, There is a Student Loan Crisis

Hack Education Weekly News: Yes, There is a Student Loan Crisis

In this week's news: The Department of Education revises its oversight of special education programs (more testing!). The Department of Education has a social media faux pas as it tries to promote FAFSA completion. Tennessee quits PARCC. Arizona remains awful for education and for people of color. Legal decisions in the News Corp phone hacking case. The Supreme Court has ruled that the police need a warrant to search your cellphones. Do schools? [...]

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