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The History of the Future of Education Technology

Beth Holland, a doctoral student at JHU and “EdTech Researcher” at Education Week, sent an email asking some questions about the history of ed-tech. The gist of these: how did ed-tech get from the early, inquiry-based pioneers like Seymour Papert to the crap we see today. Once my response hit...

(National) Education Politics Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Silence From the Secretary, Despite Major Rules Changes.” Lots, lots more about Betsy DeVos’ policies in the student loan and for-profit higher ed sections below. Via Politico: “The American Action Forum, a right-leaning public policy group, is recommending that DeVos consider...

There have been several articles in the industry and investor press recently that describe the ed-tech market as “on the rebound,” with venture capitalists getting their “second wind” and finding ed-tech once again to be something worth throwing money at. Yay. And indeed, according to my calculations too, the amount...

(National) Education Politics Via ProPublica: “Democratic Senators Condemn Betsy DeVos’ Record on Civil Rights.” “New Evidence Shows DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That Are Effective,” writes Kevin Carey in The New York Times. These include regulations for for-profit universities. Via Politico: “The Education Department may soon stop publishing a weekly...

(National) Education Politics Via Pacific Standard: “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.” Via Bloomberg: “Campus Rape Loses Special Status in Trump’s Education Department.” Via The Washington Post: “Education Dept. closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations.” Via The New York Times:...

These were my remarks as a guest speaker in Donna Murdoch's class “Online Teaching and Learning – Applying Adult Learning Principles” this evening. I was asked to speak about learning analytics, but like I said in my keynote last week at NMC, ed-tech is boring. So this is a talk...

(National) Education Politics “To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.” “More than 150 House and Senate Democrats sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter Monday that objected...

Education Politics US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared in front of a Senate subcommittee this week to talk about Trump’s budget proposal. “Asked About Discrimination, Betsy DeVos Said This 14 Times,” NPR reports: “Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law.” That is, she completely hedged on whether...

I delivered this talk today at the OEB MidSummit conference in Reykjavik, Iceland I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past. I want us to think about the ways in which the history...