Hack Education Weekly News: Senior Pranks and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Hack Education Weekly News: Senior Pranks and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

In this week's education/technology news: a working model of Xanadu, just 50+ years after Ted Nelson originally came up with the idea. More pushback against the Common Core. TurnItIn just pocked hundreds of millions of dollars because hey, looks like they own student data. The school to prison pipeline remains strong for youth of color. Ed-tech conferences are still not safe places for women. And RIP Maxine Greene, whose work always reminded us that we can indeed combine social imagination with social change -- indeed, that is the work that educators are tasked to do. [...]

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#YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe

#YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe

Do I write about Ariel Norling's article on Medium? Or do I not? If I write about it, what do I say? What can I do? Well, the least I can do -- as someone with a decent sized "platform" on the Internet -- is to help crack open the conversation around this. Because we can't sweep it under the rug. And what I can do -- as a speaker -- is to say that I will not speak at events that do not have an anti-harassment policy as part of their Code of Conduct. And what I can do -- as a former ISTE employee -- is to take that organization to task for a disgusting response to this episode. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Reading Rainbow's Millions, Zuckerberg's Millions, and More

Hack Education Weekly News: Reading Rainbow's Millions, Zuckerberg's Millions, and More

In this week's education news: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives $120 million to Bay Areas schools. And speaking of PR campaigns in lieu of paying taxes, LeVar Burton wants us to crowdfund literacy by supporting a Kickstarter for his for-profit company RRKidz. New Orleans is set to come the first charter-school-only district in the US. Edsurge raises more money. Former NSA head General Keith Alexander will teach a class at Harvard on cybersecurity. A mass shooting at UCSB. And RIP Maya Angelou. What a fucked up week. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Fires, Acquisitions, and Innovation Prizes

Hack Education Weekly News: Fires, Acquisitions, and Innovation Prizes

In this week's education news: Harvard. Pearson. Apollo Education Group. ConnectEDU. FTC. Data. Privacy. Google. Facebook. Chuck E. Cheese. Oculus Rift. LAUSD. Apple. Codecademy. Knewton. Harvard. edX. 2U. Blackboard. Harvard. Minerva. Boston Public Schools. Boston College. University of Saskatchewan. NYU. Harvard. Boundless. Etc. [...]

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The Future of Ed-Tech is a Reclamation Project #DLFAB

The Future of Ed-Tech is a Reclamation Project #DLFAB

Here are the notes and slides from my keynote today at the Alberta Digital Learning Forum. The idea behind the forum: to project what education will look like in the province in 2030. I tried not to go full dystopia. I really did. As I started to pull together my talk, it was clear that all the traveling and speaking and listening and learning I've been doing over the last month has shaped my thinking. So thanks to Jim Groom and Brian Lamb and Jon Udell in particular. This talk borrows heavily from your work. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: MOOC Magic! MOOC Disruption!

Hack Education Weekly News: MOOC Magic! MOOC Disruption!

A day late on my weekly roundup of education news. Sorry. Traveling. Talking too much. The usual. In this week's news, lots of MOOC-related stuff, compensating for last week's lack of MOOC updates. Andrew Ng is leaving Coursera. Sebastian Thrun insists Udacity can do "magic" for affluent students. Clayton Christensen says that MOOCs' disruption is "only just beginning." Meanwhile, net neutrality is in danger (but the FCC promises it'll fund e-rate). Google must protect "the right to be forgotten" in the EU. Ras Baraka is the new mayor of Newark. [...]

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