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The History of the Future of Education Technology

This is part six of my annual review of the year in ed-tech One of education technologies’s greatest luminaries passed away this year. Seymour Papert died at his home in Blue Hill, Maine in August (yes, that’s the site of the Blue Hill Fair, where Charlotte the spider saved Wilbur...

This is part five of my annual review of the year in ed-tech Trump University and the History of the Future of For-Profit Higher Education On November 19, just eleven days after being elected President of the United States of America, real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump...

Presidential-Elect Donald Trump “Trump Education Secretary Pick Has Indirect Stake in Student Lender,” The Wall Street Journal reports. That’s Betsy DeVos, of course, and Social Finance a.k.a. SoFi. Via Politico: “Trump‘s education pick says reform can ’advance God’s Kingdom’.” Via NPR: “Trump’s Pick For Education: A Free Market Approach To...

This is part four of my annual review of the year in ed-tech The Rebranding of MOOCs Remember 2012, “The Year of the MOOC?” Remember in 2012 when Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun predicted that in fifty years, “there will be only 10 institutions in the world delivering higher education and...

This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech In previous years, when I’ve written about this topic, I’ve saved “The Business of Ed-tech” for one of the last articles in my “Top Ed-Tech Trends" series. If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December...

This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the...

Presidential-Elect Trump “The Long Game of Betsy DeVos” by Jennifer Berkshire. Via The 74: “Betsy Devos, Trump’s EdSec Pick, Promoted Virtual Schools Despite Dismal Results.” Her husband is an investor in K12 Inc. (Meanwhile, The 74’s founder Campbell Brown says she won’t write about DeVos since they’re besties.) Education Week...

This is part one of my annual review of the year in ed-tech In 2005, Joan Didion published The Year of Magical Thinking, which chronicles her husband’s death in December 2003, shortly after their daughter had fallen into septic shock and been placed an induced coma. I read the book...

It’s time once again for my annual review of “the year in education technology,” something I’ve done since 2010. Tomorrow I’ll launch the seventh edition of this massive, maniacal undertaking. This year feels different, perhaps because it’s the first time that I end the year knowing the new one will...

Presidential-Elect Donald J. Trump After much speculation – and meetings from those the media described as “potential candidates,” including Michelle Rhee (who visited the President-Elect with husband, “accused sexual abuser Kevin Johnson,” as Deadspin put it, in tow) – Donald Trump has made his pick for Secretary of Education: Michigan...