Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Competencies and Certificates

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Competencies and Certificates

Part 5 in my year-end series. Really, the last two and this one are all one massive (heh) look at how post-secondary education may or may not be changing. Here, I examine updates to competency-based education efforts and to alternative certification programs in 2014. This is a short post -- some reprieve for you, dear reader. Short-ish. 2300 words on things like Pearson's control of the GED, new competency-based programs at various universities, nanodegrees, and the like. [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education

Part 4 of my year-end analysis of what's happening in education. And holy shit, my apologies: almost 8000 words on MOOCs, online education, and outsourcing. I actually think the last two are the key takeaways here. MOOCs are a symptom of a larger disease. This isn't really about massive open online education. It's not about massive. It's not about open. It's about online. (Why online? Because a changing student demographic, in part, demands it.) What happens when higher education outsources this to third-party providers? A lot, I tell you. A lot. [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: School and

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: School and "Skills"

Part 3 in my year-end review of top ed-tech trends. This is really a mish-mash of non-ed-tech trends, truth be told, that towards the end of a 5000 word exploration, eventually comes to the point about skills and coding and what-not. I'll be turning in subsequent posts to MOOCs and outsourcing and competency-based education. But I'm really interested here in this redefinition of the purpose of college: the purpose is "skills," I guess, and at the moment that's a purpose that fits quite nicely with those in the tech sector. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: FBI Seizes LAUSD iPad Documents

Hack Education Weekly News: FBI Seizes LAUSD iPad Documents

Well, well, well. When LAUSD announced its billion dollar 1:1 iPad initiative, I don't think it really expected to become the case study for how not to implement ed-tech. The story continues to deliver new twists, but this one even I didn't expect: FBI agents seized over 20 boxes of documents from LAUSD offices this week, as part of a federal grand jury investigation into improprieties. It's not clear if the district or Apple or Pearson is the target. Stay tuned! [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: The Business of Ed-Tech

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: The Business of Ed-Tech

Part 2 in my end-of-year series on the most important trends in ed-tech. Usually I end my series by wrapping up "the business of ed-tech." I'm putting it early here this year as, I want to reiterate, this colors everything else. (Plus, I have a different point I want to end on this year. Heh.) Lots of funding. Lots of closures. Lots of acquisitions. Lots of accelerators. And lots of political power for those who are connecting education technology to education reform. [...]

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Buzzwords

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Buzzwords

It's that time of year again: time for me to review everything that's happened in ed-tech. I really love/hate this project. It's incredibly time-intensive, but I find myself learning so much about the industry, its developments, its practices, its bullshit. In this post, I review the trends from previous years (this is the fifth year in a row I've tackled this project). And I look at what have, at the very least, been the biggest buzzwords of the year. That's my diagnosis: more buzz than substance. [...]

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The Monsters of Education Technology

The Monsters of Education Technology

Oh hey, I wrote a book. I mean, I wrote and delivered over 14 talks and keynotes in 2014. But I decided to pull these together as a book. Dedicated to Seymour Papert. Grounded in my background in Folklore. Monsters. Beasts. Dragons. Robots. Pigeons. We're fucking doomed, Seymour. I'm sorry. As ed-tech's Cassandra, I have to point this out. We have created monsters. We have created ed-tech monsters. And with this book now, you've all officially been warned. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: #Ferguson

Hack Education Weekly News: #Ferguson

It's been a little over 100 days since the last time I headlined one of my weekly news roundups this way. Ferguson. Ferguson. Ferguson. It's a holiday week in the US, so one would expect little to happen. Or perhaps, if you wanted to bury news, I suppose, you'd release it this week. If you were suggesting that MOOCs would be a great thing for in-flight entertainment, for example. If you wanted to make some feeble gestures about addressing rape on your campus. I don't know. But it seems like, if you wait 'til 8pm local time to announce some really devastatingly shitty news to the people of Ferguson, you're sort of hoping that people react in a certain way. [...]

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