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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.

Hack Education Weekly News: RIP "The Professor," RIP Net Neutrality?

In this week's news: MOOCs and anti-MOOCs, White House datapalooza's and summits on education, the acquisition of Chuck E Cheese by a private equity firm, startup funding announcements galore, a court ruling on "net neutrality," awards for professors Marvin Minsky and Jeff McClurken, research from the Pew Research Center on e-book readership, and the death of Gilligan Island's "Professor." (And more...)

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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