The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

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I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. MOOCs. OER and open books. Digital badges. Three types of edtech joined the “filmstrip” category in this decade: Learning Management Systems , MOOC s, and digital badges. The real power of digital technology to increase learning remains untapped.

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Give Your Traditional Syllabus a Needed Makeover!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Time to do away with the traditional syllabus and make it more engaging for your digital learners. I actually did this for one of my Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Find out more about mission minded learning in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom. Give digital badges or set it up to where students can level up on a leaderboard ! Then try a digital scavenger hunt or Bingo.

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20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

Badging Systems. Digital Badging as become a fun way for teachers and students to show off their accomplishments. Organizing and tracking badges could easily be managed through Google Classroom. Badging has become particularly popular for encouraging teachers to learn new tech skills. Be sure you check out these blog posts to learn more about how some districts are using badges for professional learning. Use #GoogleClassroom for Badging!

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. I’ve got Joshua Hunt’s new book The University of Nike sitting here on my desk. Here he is in The New York Times : “Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: College Athletics and Its Corporate Sponsors.” *Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. ” Anya Kamenetz on Alexandra Lange ’s new book The Design of Childhood (which I cannot wait to read): “Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day.” million for its MOOC platform.

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What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

Edsurge

I’ve read books like The Innovator’s Dilemma and others that you’d not typically find in the math section of the bookstore. Looking around at the various “disruptive” forces in higher education—digital badging, MOOCs, competency-based education, online education, and so on—what if universities stopped fretting about or dismissing these, and instead developed their own skunkworks to get out in front of those ideas and do them right and avoid being disrupted?

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” If you can’t create revenue, raise venture capital. “ Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Related, via Doug Belshaw : “Some thoughts on the future of the Open Badges backpack.” Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. The importance of thinking about education through the lens of “the new economy” was best demonstrated this year by Tressie McMillan Cottom in her book on for-profit education, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. Read The New York Times review of her book.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? ” Melinda Anderson talks to Beverly Daniel Tatum about the 20th anniversary of her book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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“Dear Mrs. Trump” by Liz Phipps Soeiro – why the librarian refused the books the First Lady sent to her school. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? (National) Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. The key word in that headline isn’t “digital”; it’s “force.” Badges.