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Hack Education

The History of the Future of Education Technology

I was invited to speak this evening to Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt’s class on current ed-tech issues, #ECI830. As part of the course, students are engaging in a “Great Ed-Tech Debate,” arguing one side or another of a variety of topics: that technology enhances learning, that technology is a...

Education Politics “Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.” Via The Chicago Sun Times: “A private foundation started by the late Walmart mogul Sam Walton and his wife has contributed heavily to the Illinois State Charter School Commission and to two charter operators whose schools the state agency has blocked...

"With or without aversive contingencies, it is easy to 'lose our pigeon' and the student never becomes a reader" -- B. F. Skinner, The Technology of Teaching I’m a bit tardy on writing up my thoughts on the “rebranding,” if you will, of Hack Education – namely, the addition of...

Education Politics “New Education Law: Bipartisan No More.” Republicans are made because the Department of Education issued guidelines about how ESSA should be implemented. Via The Atlantic: “Why the Education Department’s New Equity Rule Might Not Be So Equal.” Via the Huffington Post: “Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) told...

Education Politics Officials from 11 states are suing the Obama Administration over the guidance it recently issued regarding transgender bathroom policies and civil rights law. The states: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Maine, Wisconsin, and Arizona. More via The New York Times. The Department of Education...

This keynote was delivered today at the Irish Learning Technology Association's annual conference, EdTech2016, in Dublin. The full slidedeck is available here. When I was first approached about speaking to you here today, I was immediately intrigued by the provocations packed into the conference’s theme: “Reconstituting Technology-Enhanced Learning: Rising to...

Education Politics “U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.” Via The Atlantic: “The Challenge of Educational Inequality.” Via NPR: “The U.S. Education Department said this week it will make Pell Grants available to 10,000 high school students who are...

Education Politics The Education and Justice Departments have notified every public school district in the country with a “Dear Colleague” letter that discrimination against transgender students, particularly over which bathroom they can use, violates federal civil rights law. “High school students will be allowed to carry mace in the 2016–2017...

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...