Hack Education Weekly News: #Ferguson

Hack Education Weekly News: #Ferguson

It's been a little over 100 days since the last time I headlined one of my weekly news roundups this way. Ferguson. Ferguson. Ferguson. It's a holiday week in the US, so one would expect little to happen. Or perhaps, if you wanted to bury news, I suppose, you'd release it this week. If you were suggesting that MOOCs would be a great thing for in-flight entertainment, for example. If you wanted to make some feeble gestures about addressing rape on your campus. I don't know. But it seems like, if you wait 'til 8pm local time to announce some really devastatingly shitty news to the people of Ferguson, you're sort of hoping that people react in a certain way. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Feminist Hacker Barbie

Hack Education Weekly News: Feminist Hacker Barbie

I am shocked, SHOCKED, that Mattel's Computer Engineer Barbie is actually not a positive role model for young girls. I am also skeptical, SKEPTICAL, that the two princesses from Frozen - now teaming up with Code.org - are going to do much better. Elsewhere in this week's education news: Obama takes executive action on immigration, Obama loves Coursera, open blah blah blah, things get bought and sold and upgraded and downgraded. And I have several good hearty chuckles at Pearson's and Joel Klein's expense. [...]

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Men Explain Technology to Me: On Gender, Ed-Tech, and the Refusal to Be Silent

Men Explain Technology to Me: On Gender, Ed-Tech, and the Refusal to Be Silent

Here are the notes and the slides from what is (I hope) my last talk of 2014. I gave this this evening to University of Mary Washington, and then turned around and presented it again (online) to Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt's class EC&I 831. It's a long talk, and veers towards becoming a sermon. Oh well. Enjoy the last transcript that you'll get from me for a long while. [...]

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From "Open" to Justice #OpenCon2014

Here is the transcript and slides from the talk I gave this morning at OpenCon 2014. I was a little nervous as to how well this would be received -- nothing like challenging the meaning of a word that makes up the title of the conference. Many thanks to Jeffrey Alan Johnson, I should note, whose call for "information justice" spurred much of my thinking on this topic. [...]

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Digital Labor & Geographies of Crisis #DL14

Digital Labor & Geographies of Crisis #DL14

I participated on a panel this morning at the Digital Labor conference. I've included my notes, along with the image that I used to provoke a discussion about what digital labor looks like in the classroom. After all, we aren't simply talking about teachers' labor; we need to talk about students' too. The panel was really interesting as the participants all talked about crisis and labor in very different ways: work in video games, in high frequency trading, among psychics. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Free MOOC Credentials for Veterans

Hack Education Weekly News: Free MOOC Credentials for Veterans

Happy 45th birthday to Sesame Street. Congratulations to the ESA for the successful Philae landing. But fuck you to scientist Matt Taylor, who decided to make the event all about him and his sexist sense of humor by wearing a shirt with scantily clad women on it. Yeah, we know, we know. We're not really welcome in science and technology. Thanks for the reminder, asshole, that we can't even watch and enjoy something amazing like landing a rocket on a goddamn comet without these sorts of microaggressions. In other news: US veterans can get a free verified certificate from Coursera. And some other stuff. [...]

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Convivial Tools in an Age of Surveillance

Convivial Tools in an Age of Surveillance

Here is the transcript of my talk at NYU, as part of the Educational Communication and Technology Colloquium Series. Just a transcript. No slides. Because, ugh, slides. I'm on the final push here, the last few speaking gigs of 2014. In this one, I tried to be uplifting. I pretty much failed. Heh. But I hope it's one framework through which we can think about and build more liberatory technologies. Because, damn, right now ed-tech is becoming more and more controlling. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: US Midterm Elections

Hack Education Weekly News: US Midterm Elections

A very quick round-up of the US Midterm Election results, mostly because seeing the Republican Party pick up so many offices across the country (particularly at the state level where the influence on education is huge) just makes me too sad. And this week was crappy enough already. (THANKS MOZILLA!) There were a couple of MOOC updates, a couple of sports-related scandals, some more spying undertaken by Harvard, some startup fundings, some product releases, and some "research." The usual... [...]

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