Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness

Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness

Some mostly unformed thoughts on Tressie McMillan Cottom's talk yesterday at the Berkman Center. I'm trying to work through these ideas for a chapter for Teaching Machines on "the Quantified Student." There are questions here about identity, ideology, and data. I try to relate them to a tweet from Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira (who stepped into a shitstorm on Twitter and now, bless his heart, appears in this blog post). Still working through these ideas. Clearly... [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Rand Paul Loves Khan Academy and Classrooms of 2 Million Students

Hack Education Weekly News: Rand Paul Loves Khan Academy and Classrooms of 2 Million Students

In this week's education news: Knewton partners with the Sesame Workshop, because we gotta start tracking kids' data and competencies early, man. Rand Paul loves Khan Academy and classrooms with 2 million students. A new privacy coalition formed, and I think I lost almost a whole day arguing on the Internet about it. But I was cited (sorta) by Politico for my strategic use of the word "bigot," so that's a job well done for me. MOOC stuff. NCAA stuff. No ed-tech companies raised any money this week, probably because The Chronicle pointed out that they have dumb names. And so much more. [...]

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Ed-Tech and the Templated Self: Thoughts from the

Ed-Tech and the Templated Self: Thoughts from the "Reclaim Your Domain" Hackathon

This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Reclaim Your Domain Hackathon. Or at least that’s what we’re calling it, even though we're already plotting to hold another one this fall, to coincide with OpenEd. The event was a follow-up to some of the plotting that Jim Groom, Kin and I started at a “Reclaim Open" event at the MIT Media Lab last year, as well as to conversations we had earlier this year at Emory University’s Domain Incubator. I'm really interested in Amber Case's idea of the "templated self" and how these acts of reclamation can offer students more freedom in the development of themselves as learners. [...]

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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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