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Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business?

Within the past week, two coding bootcamps have announced they’d be closing their doors: Dev Bootcamp, owned by Kaplan Inc., and The Iron Yard, owned by the Apollo Education Group (parent company of the University of Phoenix). Two closures might not make a trend… yet. But some industry observers have suggested we might see more consolidation and closures in the coming months.

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'Personalized Learning' and the Power of the Gates Foundation to Shape Education Policy

In early June, I gave a keynote at the OEB MidSummit on the history of "personalization.“ I only had 20 minutes, so it’s a partial history at best. But as ”personalized learning" has become one of the most prominent buzzwords in education technology, I think it’s worth investigating its origins and its trajectory at length.

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The History of Ed-Tech: What Went Wrong?

Beth Holland, a doctoral student at JHU and “EdTech Researcher” at Education Week, sent an email asking some questions about the history of ed-tech. The gist of these: how did ed-tech get from the early, inquiry-based pioneers like Seymour Papert to the crap we see today. Once my response hit more than 500 words, I thought I’d better “blog” my thoughts rather than just answer via email…

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Silence From the Secretary, Despite Major Rules Changes.”

Lots, lots more about Betsy DeVos’ policies in the student loan and for-profit higher ed sections below.

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The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

There have been several articles in the industry and investor press recently that describe the ed-tech market as “on the rebound,” with venture capitalists getting their “second wind” and finding ed-tech once again to be

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Via ProPublica: “Democratic Senators Condemn Betsy DeVos’ Record on Civil Rights.”

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Via Pacific Standard: “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.”

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The History of the Pedometer (and the Problems with Learning Analytics)

These were my remarks as a guest speaker in Donna Murdoch's class “Online Teaching and Learning – Applying Adult Learning Principles” this evening. I was asked to speak about learning analytics, but like I said in my keynote last week at NMC, ed-tech is boring. So this is a talk about pedometers.

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