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Ed-Tech Funding: The Year (The Data) So Far

Earlier this summer, the tech blog Techcrunch pronounced that “Investors Rethink EdTech As Dealflow Declines.” No one likes tech blog gaffes more than other tech blogs, so there’s been a lot of crowing in the last few weeks as the investment figures from the first half of 2015 have been calculated. It looks like Techcrunch was wrong.

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The Obama administration will announce today that it will offer Pell Grants to some prisoners, “the first adult inmates to be eligible for the grants since Congress barred prisoners from receiving them more than 20 years ago,” says The Chronicle of Higher Education. More via Politico.

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Rethinking 'What Counts'

This article first appeared on Educating Modern Learners in April 2015

"Learning is not a counting noun," says Dave Cormier, "so what should we count?"

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AlphaSmart: A History of One of Ed-Tech's Favorite (Drop-Kickable) Writing Tools

There aren’t many ed-tech products that have developed a cult following, a phrase that appears at the foot of the Wikipedia entry for AlphaSmart, a “smart keyboard” first marketed to schools in the 1990s.

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Presidential candidate and clown Donald Trump “criticized the federal government for earning a profit on the federal student loan program,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (Remember that time Trump ran a for-profit “university” that got fined by New York state because it wasn’t accredited and was making false claims? Good times.)

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How Teens Use Social Media

This article first appeared on Educating Modern Learners in April 2015

Earlier this year, an article "written by an actual teen" made the rounds on social media. The article promised "A Teenager's View of Social Media," and the author's pronouncements were taken as gospel:

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The US House of Representatives voted to reauthorize/rewrite No Child Left Behind.

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Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that ends California’s personal exemption for vaccination for school children.

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The Stories We Tell about Education Technology

This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners

Do the stories that we tell about education technology demand we ask more questions? Do they prompt us to rethink what teaching and learning looks like? Or does education technology simply re-inscribe older stories, older practices?

And do the stories that we tell about education technology, particularly when those stories are tinged with judgment, shame, and condemnation, foreclose these sorts of reflective opportunities?

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