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Hack Education Weekly News: Facebook's Online Education Plans for Rwanda

In this week's education news: Facebook teams up with edX to offer online education (and Facebook) to Rwanda. The Department of Education "clarifies" its privacy rules (where "clarifies" equals "punts"). Lots of startups raise money, including Edsurge, Piazza, Credible, and Skillshare. Pearson stocks fall on reports that it's still struggling with ye olde transition to digital. An Arizona state senator worries that the Common Core means that students will learn about math that uses letters in place of numbers. Glasgow University students elect Edward Snowden as their rector.

Hack Education Weekly News: MOOCs, Money, and the Looming Clown Shortage

In this week's news: money money money money money. Also MOOCs, some job changes, a Presidential apology for making fun of art history majors, promises about net neutrality, tin foil hats in Missouri, more WTF legislation in Kansas, Google Fiber expansion, various press releases touting sign up numbers, Arne Duncan in the NBA All Star game, and a looming clown shortage.

Hack Education Weekly News: Harvard Alumni-only MOOCs, Pearson-based Badges, and Flappy Bert

Happy Valentine's Day, lovers of learning. MOOCs were back in the news this way -- not in a big way, but in a funny way. And you know I love that. In heartbreaking news, it looks as though Comcast might acquire Time Warner Cable. Having been a customer of both, I can say this isn't good news if you like your Internet. Even more damning, what all of this means for the future of "Net Neutrality." Well, the Internet was a powerful tool for education, at least while we had unthrottled access.

Hack Education Weekly News: A Creationism Debate, Seriously?!

In this week's news: FCC promises to spend more money on broadband for schools and libraries. Tech companies throw in some stuff to sweeten the deal. (iPads for poor schools! Wheee!) McGraw-Hill went on a bit of a shopping spree, acquiring two startups. Cengage looks to exit bankruptcy. Remind101 raised $15 million which blows my mind because yes the founders are really nice guys but holy shit, $15 million for a free messaging app?! Howard will not partner with Pearson to make a distance learning program for HBCUs. And nary a MOOC-related peep.

The History of the Future of Ed-Tech

Last summer, Bret Victor gave what I thought was one of the most interesting keynotes I've ever seen. The title: "The Future of Programming." The conceit: he pretended like he was delivering a talk in 1973. In it, he focused on the innovations in computer programming in the 1960s and 1970s. And aye, the rub: many of these were not adopted by the tech industry; many of the innovators have been forgotten. The keynote inspired me to think about the same thing for ed-tech, particularly since there are so many innovations from around the same time. The work of Alan Kay, Seymour Papert, and so on.

Hack Education Weekly News: If MOOCs are Outlawed, Only Outlaws...

In this week's education news, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. It was pretty dull. I think he mentioned education stuff. Atlanta was hit by a massive snowstorm that left thousands of students stranded in school buses and at school. They responded with far more grace than did the students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who did not get a snow day and took to Twitter with racist and sexist epithets about the school chancellor. Go team.

The Privileged Voices in Education #Educon

A few thoughts from the "conversation" that José Vilson and I facilitated today at Educon. It's such an important conversation to have -- and a difficult one to be sure. From the classic essay by Peggy McIntosh: "It seems to me that obliviousness about white advantage, like obliviousness about male advantage, is kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all.

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The Hype and Hope of MOOCs #moocdebate [Storified]

I sat on a panel yesterday at the OCLC Symposium in Philadelphia. The panel title: The Hype and Hope of MOOCs. The panel members: Bryan Alexander, Anya Kamenetz, Ray Schroeder, Cathy De Rosa, and me (facilitated by Skip Prichard). I was #teamhype all the way. The audience (library-folks) were #teamhope. I didn't have a prepared talk, so I've just storified my notes along with tweets from the event.

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Hack Education Weekly News: MOOC Research and More

In this week's news: MOOCs. MOOCs. MOOCs. Research about MOOCs. Research about Facebook. School shootings. Ridiculous statements from California Governor Jerry Brown about online education. Ridiculous suspension of email privileges at CSU Pueblo. No more formaldehyde in Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. And other things that make you say, "Wait, what?"

Announcing "Educating Modern Learners"

Hey! I got a job! I'm the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners, a new education website (launching in mid-February). I've written more thoughts about why I took the job over on my personal website.

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