Steve Hargadon and I have been recording our weekly podcast together for about four months now, talking our way through the ed-tech news and the articles I've written over the course of a week. I always find our conversation to be one of the most thought-provoking exchanges I have all week, and it's something that helps me think through and articulate the various trends -- good and bad -- we're seeing in education.

I've just been posting the link to the podcast each week, along with how to subscribe to the feed and/or find the podcast in iTunes, as part of Steve's EdTechLive series. But I've had several requests to expand the information I put in these podcast posts, with links to the articles and/or books we've discussed as well as their respective time-stamps.

0:35: Education's Journalism Problem -- educational alarmism; online journalism and demand for page-views; and a fixation with test scores

8:10: Nobody/Everybody Wants to Learn to Program -- who really is interested in learning to program and why; how does programming reveals things about learning and motivation, as well as literacy and agency

12:48: The Minerva Project -- is an online "elite university" something new? something different?

23:05: PrepU -- adaptive learning, publishers, and standardized tests (in this case, the AP exam)

28:11: Pearson, Cengage, and Macmillan v Boundless Learning -- The big story of the week: a free textbook startup sued by 3 major publishers

38:47: The rest of the ed-tech news

Full Episode:  April 6, 2012

Audrey Watters


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