Teacher Wars and Teaching Machines

Teacher Wars and Teaching Machines

A book review of Dana Goldstein's new book Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession. I'm really interested in how Goldstein's history can be layered with what I'm working on with Teaching Machines. If, as Goldstein argues, teachers have always been under attack, how can we read the push to develop education technologies? It seems to raise the stakes politically. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: LAUSD, iPads, and Grenade Launchers

Hack Education Weekly News: LAUSD, iPads, and Grenade Launchers

In this week's education-related news: AIR releases a report on LAUSD's iPad project. And LOL. It's pretty bad. Only one teacher reported using the Pearson curriculum, which is costing the district $200 per iPad. Pro tip for districts wanting to do one-to-one initiatives. Do everything that LAUSD has done -- except the exact opposite. In other news: MOOCs were a big deal this week. Not sure why. Microsoft confirmed its acquisition of Mojang, maker of Minecraft. And Mojang founder "Notch" promptly quit. But he's a billionaire now, so hey. What do we think the odds are of Microsoft completing screwing up the education versions of Minecraft? Wait. Don't answer that. [...]

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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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