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This article first appeared in the publication Identity, Education and Power in February 2016 Late Friday night, Buzzfeed published a story indicating that Twitter is poised this week to switch from a reverse-chronological timeline for Tweets to an algorithmically-organized one. Users’ responses ranged from outrage to acceptance (after all, it’s...

Reade educacioun newes articles and replace the worde technologye wyth paleographye.— Chaucer Doth Tweet (@LeVostreGC) May 6, 2016 Education Politics The Justice Department has warned North Carolina that its new anti-trans bathroom law violates the Civil Rights Act. According to the AP, “North Carolina’s prized public universities could be the...

Some Background… Way back in 2012, I wrote an article “Who’s Investing in Ed-Tech?” It remains one of the most popular posts on Hack Education, even though it’s totally out-of-date. The article explains a bit how venture capital works, and it lists some of the best known investors in education...

Education Politics Maine Governor Paul LePage is an idiot. (Not really news, but in the news this week.) “White House launches $100M competition to expand tuition-free community college,” The Washington Post reports. More via Inside Higher Ed. (Goldman-Sachs is also funding grants for free community college.) Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin...

Education Politics “Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem.” (That’s NPR on school funding.) Elsewhere in money problems, lobbying for education-related issues. Politico notes that the loan company Navient spent $710,000 in the first quarter of the year (up from $410,000), “making it the biggest spender among education organizations and...

Education Politics I haven’t seen a lot of education-related headlines about the “Panama Papers,” but here’s one from The Sunday Times: “Saudi oil tycoon revealed as investor in schools company.” “A Saudi oil tycoon is the joint owner of an education company involved in running some of Britain’s state schools,...

This is Part 2 of my research series on the blockchain in education. Part 1 – an introduction to the blockchain – is available here. All digital technology is ideological. All education technology is ideological. I repeat this (and quite often, it seems) because technology – and ed-tech in particular...

Education Politics The plan to convert all schools in England to academies could cost some £1.3 billion, the Labour Party contends. Via the Drinks Business blog: “Italy has drafted a bill that would see children as young as six take lessons in wine at primary school, with one hour a...

Is blockchain poised to be “the next big thing” in education? This has become a question I hear with increasing frequency about a technology that, up until quite recently, was primarily associated with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The subtext to the question, I suppose: do educators need to pay attention to...

Education Politics Via the Mail and Guardian Africa: “An Africa first! Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention.” The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, has said that “Such arrangements are a blatant violation of Liberia’s international...