Hack Education Weekly News:  Udacity Charges for Certificates, a Harry Potter MOOC, and Other Ed-Tech

Hack Education Weekly News: Udacity Charges for Certificates, a Harry Potter MOOC, and Other Ed-Tech "Magic Formulas"

In this week's news: more details about the new SAT. Udacity will no longer offer free certification to its MOOC completers. Coursera's CEO rewrites online education history. Tony Bates is retiring. Chegg buys a daily deals site. 60 years after Brown v Board of Education, US schools are resegregating. RIP Gabriel García Márquez. And hey! My other project Educating Modern Learners is now live! [...]

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Educating Modern Learners Is Live!

Educating Modern Learners Is Live!

After several months of writing and editing and website building and tweaking and stuff, Educating Modern Learners is live! As I mentioned earlier this year, I've taken on the role of editor and lead writer for a new progressive education/technology site, founded by Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon. I'm pretty excited about what's in store for the coming weeks and months. I hope others are too... [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Heartbleed, Data Insecurity, But Lots of Money for Ed-Tech Startups Nonetheless

Hack Education Weekly News: Heartbleed, Data Insecurity, But Lots of Money for Ed-Tech Startups Nonetheless

Oh hey! The Internet is broken! Or at least, the security of sites using OpenSSL has been broken -- for several in fact. The bug, which the NSA has (shocker!) purportedly exploited, means that encrypted transmissions -- the ones you thought were encrypted? -- are vulnerable. While the common advice is OMG CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS, it's best to wait to make sure the sites have actually fixed their own vulnerabilities before doing so. And let's ask some hard questions dammit about why very few ed-tech vendors have issued any information about this to their users. Way to prove the point that ed-tech doesn't give a shit about security, guys. [...]

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Engaging Flexible Learning #bcdl2014

Engaging Flexible Learning #bcdl2014

Here are the notes and the slides from my keynote yesterday at the BC Digital Learning Conference. (Incidentally, Slideshare: you are a piece of shit.) Anyhoo. I was asked to respond to some of the things I'd heard over the three day event. And I tried. I also wanted to share a cautionary tale about the future of education and ed-tech. Because someone has to do it. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: The End of InBloom?

Hack Education Weekly News: The End of InBloom?

In this week's education news: InBloom loses its final customer (New York State). PISA results (that's always fun). 2U ends its Semester Online initiative. Don't interpret that as a triumph for MOOCs though. Even MIT is raising an eyebrow at MOOCs now. Money money money for ed-tech companies. Some pretty awesome college admissions achievements for a handful of young Black men, prompting WaPo's Valerie Strauss to say we shouldn't talk any more about college admissions. WTF. [...]

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This Is Not a Test (This Is a Review of José Vilson's New Book)

This Is Not a Test (This Is a Review of José Vilson's New Book)

This is a book review of José Vilson's new book, This Is Not a Test. This is not a bildungsroman. Not in the way the genre is traditionally defined. As such, it disrupts expectations about whose stories of "coming of age" get told, who is a subject (not an object) in the classroom -- as a teacher, as a student. The subtitle of the book is "a new narrative on race, class, and education." I'm incredibly honored to be the first to get to review the book. (I'm incredibly honored to be cited in it.) Buy it and read it. It's incredibly brave and incredibly important. [...]

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