A reflection on the state of educational technology media coverage (circa 2017-18), concluding with an expression of gratitude to those sharing new stories about the stories we are being told about educational technology.
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Published in 2008, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” predicted that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet.
This week, education reporters from across the nation are gathering at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar (#EWA17) in Washington, DC. Among the topics they will focus on is technology in education (AKA “digital learning”). To that end, I suggest five story ideas for reporters interested in the topic, as well as an admonition to go easy on the edtech jargon.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about how the press covers technology in education: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The best antidote to the edtech filter bubble I’ve found is to read widely and critically. Today, I’m pleased to re-launch the ‘reading list’ feature on this site to share some of what I am reading about technology in education that you are unlikely to read elsewhere.
With Bitcoin as the primary proof-of-concept, there are fascinating and powerful ideas underlying blockchain technology. Fresh from DC Blockchain Summit 2016, here is my current list of the top 10 things you need to know about the future of blockchain in education. Personally, I remain optimistic and can’t wait to see where we will take it. Be sure to share your ideas and questions by leaving a comment on this post.
New research by EdTech Strategies, LLC, reveals that in spring 2016 – for the first time ever – the majority of US elementary & middle school students will be testing online, not taking paper and pencil tests.
Citizen science, which empowers individuals to participate in making real-world, real-time discoveries, is being re-made with technology, gamification & cryptocurrency. Learn more about this burgeoning movement at an upcoming White House livestream.
Over the last 20 years, I’ve learned a few things about how the press covers technology in education (the good, the bad, and the ugly). In response, I’ve started sharing some of the most interesting ‘off the beaten path’ edtech trends and news on my website in an effort to help enrich the dialogue and broaden the conversation. Please take a look and let me know what you think.