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The History of the Future of Education Technology

This is part ten of my annual look at the year’s “top ed-tech stories” Perhaps it’s no surprise that there was so much talk this year about education, technology, and emotional health. I mean, 2017 really sucked, and we’re all feeling it. As support services get axed and the social...

(National) Education Politics The GOP passed their tax plan. Various education-related updates – via The New York Times: “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” Via Education Week: “Final Tax Bill Keeps Teacher Deduction at $250, Cuts State and Local Deductions.” Via Inside Higher Ed: “Final...

This is part nine of my annual look at the year’s “top ed-tech stories” “We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future.” It’s a core refrain in “the innovation gospel,” one of those arguments that certain pundits and politicians really lean into. You...

I cannot believe that in the midst of everything I’m trying to accomplish right now (namely my massive end-of-year writing project) I agreed to give a talk. But I did. And so tonight I spoke with the educators at NYCIST. They were very kind and put up with a very...

This is part eight of my annual look at the year’s “top ed-tech stories” In previous years, I’ve looked at how education technology is intertwined with narratives about “skills,” “competencies,” and “credentialing.” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges, MOOCs, and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to...

This is part seven of my annual look at the year’s “top ed-tech stories” It was one of the most frequently repeated stories of the year – a story that has, if we’re being honest, been repeated for decades now: college students, particularly left-leaning college students, are intolerant. The rise...

(National) Education Politics RIP Net Neutrality. Thoughts on how this might effect education from Inside Higher Ed, from NPR, from Internet2 (via Bryan Alexander), from The Washington Post, and from Edsurge. Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. Via Pacific Standard: “Why Is the...

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “top ed-tech stories” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” It’s an inevitable move, or so the story goes. Clayton Christensen and Michael...

I’m halfway through my annual series on the year’s “Top Ed-Tech Trends” – all the stories that we’ve been told about education technology and the future of education in 2017. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the word count. I know I am. This means it’s also time to post my annual...

This is part five of my annual look at the year’s “top ed-tech stories” As in previous years, it would be quite easy to fill a whole article in this series on “data insecurity,” on the data breaches and cyberattacks that continue to plague education – both schools and software....