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Education APIs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (API Days Paris 2013)

Oops, I forgot to post the notes from my talk in Paris in December when I spoke at API Days. I was the killjoy who said we might want to think not simply about the wonders of technology -- ooh! ahh! APIs -- but about the cultural and political implications of opening up data. Again, who owns education data? Also, I talked about Clint Eastwood. Don't ask. Just enjoy the slides...

The State of "Open" (2013)

Oops. I forgot to post my notes from a webinar I gave last year. I was asked to speak about "The State of OER" to AMICAL, a consortium of American liberal arts universities outside the US. No big surprise, I spoke about how MOOCs were dominating a lot of the discussion about "open education" - without actually being "open education" at all. Here are my slides and my notes.

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Hack Education Weekly News: The Polar Vortex

In this week's education news: school closures across the US due to brutally cold weather; a study into the reading levels of university football and basketball players; guilty pleas for those involved in the Atlanta Public Schools' cheating scandal; the passing of Amiri Baraka; more wackadoodle pronouncements from Maine's governor; a delay in New York state regarding inBloom; the LAUSD iPad saga continues; and the 12th anniversary of No Child Left Behind.

On Listing Education Innovators and Intellectuals

Three pronouncements this week. Three lists of innovators and intellectuals in education. From Forbes, its annual "30 Under 30" list.


Some ed-tech predictions for the new year. OK. Not really. I just spent the last 7 or 8 weeks writing at length about what I thought were the most important ed-tech trends of 2013. It's not as though any of those are going to stop being important because the calendar has flipped to 2014. But nor is it that any of these trends are "done deals." Ed-tech isn't inevitable. None of it. When we hear assertions of inevitability, I think we need to ask questions about why those predictions are being made.

Hack Education Weekly News: A Temporary Reprieve for City College of San Francisco in Accreditation Fight

For being the week between Christmas and New Year's, there was a surprising amount of news - and it wasn't all "let's bury this news at the end of the year while everyone's on holiday" either. News includes: a reprieve for CCSF in its accreditation woes, the release into the public domain of the Peeragogy Handbook, a pivot for Kaggle, a patent for Jaron Lanier, and more.

Hack Education's Most Popular Posts of 2013

This blog's last post of the year, looking at the posts that garnered the most clicks in 2013. Only 3 of them were penned this year. 3 of them were written in the last days of 2012 (that is, they were part of 2012's year-end review). And the other 4 continue to be the most-read here, even after several years. (Sorry, Codecademy.)

Top 10 Ed-Tech Startups of 2013

Choosing the top education startups is never an easy task. Since I've started composing a list of the best from a single year, I've always given myself these artificial constraints: it has to be a startup that was founded this year. It has to be a startup that's GOOD not just well-funded or well-publicized or over-hyped. This year, it was impossible to choose. Really. So I did something else instead.

Hack Education Weekly News: A Week Without MOOC News!

A quiet week with the Xmas holidays, but a few notable items particularly in the courts and not a goddamned thing about MOOCs. Woohoo! Victory. I should note here, for those that read Hack Education via an RSS reader: my lengthy year-end reviews caused me to exceed the file size for Feedburner. So I've had to truncate the RSS feed in order to bring the size down to compliance. I hate truncated feeds - they're so rude. So as soon as I can, I'll return the feed to its full glory.

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Now that I've finished my year-end review of the most important ed-tech trends, it's time for my year-end reminder that Hack Education is advertising and venture-capital free. Please consider a donation. I am incredibly thankful for all those who've helped support this blog financially over the past year. And to everyone, thank you for reading. Here's looking forward to ed-tech rabble-rousing and truth-telling in 2014.

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