I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast. While there are inconveniences to air travel, the upside for me is that I use these long haul flights as a chance to catch up on my long-form reading list. While it may seem quaint or old fashioned to some (when accessing WiFi and on-demand videos seem de rigueur), it has been part of my travel routine for too many years to casually cast it aside.

I think a lot about the future of technology and its potential impacts on students and the K-12 education system (intended and unintended). Lately, my explorations into this topic have led me in some unexpected directions.


In the last week (thanks to my air travel), I’ve read a number of extended analytical pieces worth noting, including:

While not every piece speaks directly to K-12 education issues at present, they all speak to the wider milieu from which our conceptions of public education and consumer technology are derived. And, given the scope of privacy and security issues dominating the news (with experts now arguing that we’ve lost control of our personal data, allegations of nation states weaponizing informatics, and ISPs clawing back consumer privacy protections), we ignore the implications of these ethical dilemmas on schools and students not at our own risk but at their own risk. Indeed, (in the vein of Dr. Suess’s Lorax) who speaks for the students?

Yet again this week, I’ve needed to update my post on the W-2 phishing scam victimizing school districts across the country. And, for those getting hyped by blockchain in education, my take on some of the magical thinking underlying the promise of blockchain for education.

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. No endorsements; no sponsored content; no apologies for my eclectic tastes.

Strong opinions may be weakly held.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

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