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Hack Education Turns 5

Five years ago today, I published my first post here on Hack Education. The origin story of the blog is one that I’ve told a lot – I was a tech blogger, editors didn’t want me to write about ed-tech, they couldn't stop me, blah blah blah. Kin tells the story too, since we’d just started dating when we purchased the domains http://hackeducation.com and http://apievangelist.com. I’m amazed at what both of those sites, and by extension our lives, have become.

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Schooling and Snow Days

This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners in March, winter in the Northern Hemisphere at least

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What Happened to Educational Television: The Story of 'The Learning Channel'

Earlier this month, In Touch magazine revealed that Josh Duggar, one of the stars of the TLC reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting, had been named in a 2005 police report as an “alleged offender” in a sexual assault probe. Duggar, then a juvenile, had been brought to the Arkansas State Police by his father, but the state trooper – himself later convicted of child pornography – had apparently never followed up.

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Chris Christie was for the Common Core before he was against it. (He’s proposed that New Jersey drop the standards that Christie once pushed for.) As Politico notes, “The Republican flip-flop on the Common Core is nearly complete,” with almost every (potential) Republican presidential candidate now opposing the CCSS – save Jeb Bush.

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Virtual Field Trips and Education (Technology) Inequalities

Like many kids, I reckon, field trips were some of my favorite and most memorable happenings at school. Field trips were great, in no small part, because they involved missing school. Schedules and lessons were interrupted so that we could all pile into school buses or parents’ cars and venture out into the world.

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Webcasting Open Courses: A Brief (Berkeley) History

A couple of weeks ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the University of California Berkeley will no longer post video recordings of its lectures to YouTube and iTunesU. The decision was framed in terms of “budget challenges” with a note that, as a partner with edX, Berkeley instead intends to pursue “open education” via MOOCs.

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What Are Games and Simulations Good For?

This article first appeared on Educating Modern Learners in February 2015

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Ed-Tech and the Californian Ideology

When I spoke at Davidson College earlier this month, several of the questions from the audience involved my framing of a “Silicon Valley narrative” involving education, technology, and innovation. They said that this narrative was unfamiliar to them – that the arguments that they heard, particularly from colleagues, about education, technology, and innovation were quite different. That is, education technology is supportive, not exploitative. Education technology opens, not forecloses, opportunities.

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