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Memory Machines: Education Technology Without the Memex

Among the things that (education) technology is supposed to revolutionize: memory.

Memory in computers is not wholly analogous to memory in humans, of course, despite using that same word to describe what we are increasingly coming to think of as a process of information storage and retrieval.

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Ed-Tech Startup Funding (The Year So Far)

I’ve updated the spreadsheet where I’m tracking on this year's ed-tech investment.

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The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education'

“What do I mean when I talk about transformational productivity reforms that can also boost student outcomes? Our K–12 system largely still adheres to the century-old, industrial-age factory model of education. A century ago, maybe it made sense to adopt seat-time requirements for graduation and pay teachers based on their educational credentials and seniority. Educators were right to fear the large class sizes that prevailed in many schools.

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Democrats have proposed a number of measures that would expand the Pell Grant program (including the return of Pell Grant money for summer school).

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Raising (and Educating) 'Free Range Kids'

This post first appeared in January 2015 on Educating Modern Learners

Another week, another story of parents under investigation for letting their kids play outside without supervision.

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The History of the Future of the Push-Button School

The military has long been involved in the development of education technology – hardly surprising considering the number of people it must train. From a 1988 report from the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment:

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The NCLB rewrite has made it out of committee on a unanimous vote. Whee.

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Data and Diplomas: On LinkedIn's Acquisition of Lynda.com

I’m surprised to have seen so little thoughtful analysis of the LinkedIn acquisition of Lynda.com, particularly as Michael Feldstein put it: the deal suggests that LinkedIn might just be "the most interesting company in ed tech.”

Maybe I shouldn’t be.

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Lego Mindstorms: A History of Educational Robots

In the fall of 1984, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen – then the CEO of Lego (and grandson of its founder) – happened to watch a television interview featuring MIT professor Seymour Papert. In it, Papert demonstrated how children could use the programming language he’d developed, LOGO, to control robot “turtles” – to move the robots forward and backward a specified distance, turn right or left a specified degree, drop a pen and draw.

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