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Hack Education

The History of the Future of Education Technology

The future of education is technological. Necessarily so. Or that’s what the proponents of ed-tech would want you to believe. In order to prepare students for the future, the practices of teaching and learning – indeed the whole notion of “school” – must embrace tech-centered courseware and curriculum. Education must...

A couple of years ago, MIT released a report titled “Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms.” Among its recommendations were to “support the expanding profession of the ‘learning engineer’” – a person who possesses “knowledge base in the learning sciences, familiarity with modern education technology, and an understanding...

Cross-posted to the Teaching Machines website I submitted the draft of Teaching Machines to my editor at MIT Press at the end of May. I haven’t looked at the manuscript since, although I’ve been mulling over various parts and passages in my head almost nonstop. Over the course of the...

I am making some changes to how this site earns money – or rather, Hack Education will not solicit any donations from readers for the foreseeable future. I am closing my Patreon account, and while I cannot cancel any recurring payments that are coming via PayPal – you have to...

Last week marked the ninth anniversary of Hack Education. It seems a little strange to even make note of the occasion as it’s been almost six months since I’ve written anything here. I finally completed the draft of Teaching Machines on 31 May. It still needs some work – some...

I’m making some major changes to Hack Education this year – and no, not because I’ve received venture capital and my investors have told me I have to rewrite the publication’s mission statement again. That’s a different site you’re thinking of… For a good portion of the year, Hack Education...

This is the second part of my much-abbreviated look at the stories that were told about education technology in 2018 – and in this case, the people who funded the storytellers. When I first started working as a tech reporter, I assumed – naively – that venture capitalists were smart...

It’s been quite a year for education news, not that you’d know that by listening to much of the ed-tech industry (press). Subsidized by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, some publications have repeatedly run overtly and covertly sponsored articles that hawk the future of learning as “personalized,” as focused on “the...

Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this has fed the series of articles I have written each December, analyzing the stories we have been told about the future of education. This is...

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. In the past, this all feeds the reviews I have written each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. I’m ending that series, I think, so I can focus on...