I’m halfway through my annual series on the year’s “Top Ed-Tech Trends” – all the stories that we’ve been told about education technology and the future of education in 2017. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the word count. I know I am.

This means it’s also time to post my annual reminder that the work I do on Hack Education is supported almost entirely through readers’ donations.

Full disclosure: I also subsidize this site through speaking gigs, and for the 2017–18 academic year, I am a Spencer Education Journalism Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism. Someone recently called that a “cushy” gig, which is sort of weird. I work non-stop. Seriously. Seven days a week. You can look at my GitHub commits: I have not skipped a day of work in over a year. The hustle doesn’t stop because I have a fellowship. It can’t.

I love what I do, but it’s not easy work. It’s certainly not “cushy.”

There are a couple of ways you can support my writing: You can make a donation via PayPal or become a monthly subscriber. I also have a Patreon account (although Patreon seems to be in the process of screwing us all over so maybe hold off on using that site. Hooray! Freelancer economy!) You can buy my books. You can invite me to speak at your event or at your school – although I’m not accepting any speaking engagements until the Fall 2018.

I have Hack Education stickers that I can send you as a gesture of “thanks,” whether you contribute financially or not. (There will be a new pigeon sticker and logo coming in the new year, so maybe hold off on that request too.)

But I don’t want to be in the sticker business. I want to write education technology criticism. Your support helps me continue to do that.

Thank you.

Audrey Watters


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The History of the Future of Education Technology

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