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Roaming Autodidacts and Entrepreneurial (L)Earners: The Stories We Tell about Lifelong Learning

The survey on “Lifelong Learning and Technology” released earlier this week by the Pew Research Center provides an important counter to the sweeping pronouncements we often hear about Internet technologies and the coming democratization and de-institutionalization of education.

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'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech

This talk was given March 18, 2016 at the Indie Ed-Tech Data Summit at Davidson College.

“I Love My Label”: Indie versus Industry and the Future of Music Education Technology

The title of this talk could as easily be “indie versus institution” as “indie versus industry.” I have no love lost for either.

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Via the Times-Picayune: “Texan who called Obama a gay prostitute might soon control textbooks.” Mary Lou Bruner, the Texan in question here, will face a run-off election in May to see if she will join the powerful Texas State Board of Education.

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The Allure of 'Matrix-Style Learning'

“Jujitsu? I’m going to learn Jujitsu?” Neo asks incredulously, as he’s plugged in to a machine for the first time since his rescue by Morpheus and the members of the ship Nebuchadnezzar. The operator Tank loads a virtual training program, and Neo clamps his eyes shut, his body jolting in response as the data floods his visual cortex. Seconds later, Neo opens his eyes. “Holy shit!” he exclaims and agrees to more – 10 hours more – “programming.” Finally, gasping, he exclaims to Morpheus, “I know Kung Fu!”

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President Obama has nominated Carla D. Hayden as the new Librarian of Congress.

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Blockchain for Education: A Research Project

“Is blockchain really a thing?” That’s probably the most common question I hear about a technology that, up until quite recently, was mostly and closely associated with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. “Do I need to pay attention to blockchain?” I hear many folks working in ed-tech ask. “Do I really need to understand it?” Or, like other over-hyped and over-promised technologies, will it always be “on the horizon” or will it simply fade away?

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