Hack Education Weekly News: Coursera and Ed-Tech Data Security

Hack Education Weekly News: Coursera and Ed-Tech Data Security

I'm on the road, out of the country this week, which makes keeping up on all the education news pretty tough. This feels like only a very partial list of all that happened. What happened: Coursera and data vulnerabilities; changes to the GED; Pearson versus UT professor; civility versus MIT professor; sports team awfulness; Jerry Brown appeals the Vergara ruling; 4000 Starbucks employees apply to ASU; college-branded Jell-O shots; and so much more. [...]

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Beyond the LMS

Beyond the LMS

I gave a talk today at lunch at Newcastle University. The talk was sponsored by NUTELA - not the hazelnut and chocolate spread folks, the Newcastle University Technology Enhanced Learning Advocates. I know Newcastle is one of the universities doing some very interesting work with FutureLearn and so I wanted to talk about some of my fears that MOOCs will simply be the latest version of the LMS (the VLE). How do we move beyond the VLE, beyond the LMS to embrace the Web for teaching and learning. That is, I would argue, what the "open" in MOOC should gesture towards. [...]

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Ed-Tech's Monsters #ALTC

Ed-Tech's Monsters #ALTC

Here are the notes and slides from my keynote this morning at ALTC at the University of Warwick. It's a brisk (45 minute) walk through Bletchley Park, Lord Byron, Luddites, Frankenstein, B. F. Skinner, and Bruno Latour. My argument (which is Latour's argument): we must love our technological creations -- our ed-tech creations -- so that we do not create more ed-tech monsters. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: The Great LAUSD iPad Saga Continues

Hack Education Weekly News: The Great LAUSD iPad Saga Continues

Well well well, LAUSD. You have demonstrated again and again and again and again how not to implement a district-wide 1-1 technology initiative. Congratulations. And now you've shown as well how the back-room deals that lead to Pearson getting its textbooks into classrooms and onto students' iPads really work. Excellent. Thanks. Meanwhile, lots of drama around NCLB and the Common Core this week, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suing the Obama Administration for trying to implement a national curriculum. [...]

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Most Anticipated Back-to-School Technology (2014)

Most Anticipated Back-to-School Technology (2014)

It's that time again: my (fifth!!) annual "Most Anticipated Back-to-School Technology" survey results. Every year I do this, the results are weirdly fascinating, and of course, completely unscientific. But it is what it is: a snapshot from those who follow me on Twitter and who care enough to fill out a quick form. Once again, congratulations to Google and Apple who continue to hold the largest portion of the ed-tech mind-share. And congrats to the learning management system, which simply refuses to die. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: #Ferguson

Hack Education Weekly News: #Ferguson

Think Ferguson isn't an education-related issue? LOL. Think Ferguson isn't "newsworthy"? WOW. In related news, the social networks of white Americans are 93% white. "Mansplaining" enters the dictionary. There were lots of examples this week that highlight the school-to-prison pipeline, (fears of) violence on campuses, and the increasing surveillance and control of students - on- and offline. Meanwhile, support for the Common Core is down. Teen pregnancy rates are down. And the Horizon Report now looks at what's on the horizon for libraries. [...]

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