Monthly Archives: October 2016

Personalization or Profiling? Childhood in the Ed-Tech Era

It was great spending time this afternoon with opt out activists in New York City discussing Ed Reform 2.0 developments and digital education. I created a slide share for that presentation, and because it contains a number of useful links and resources, I wanted to make it available to others. Click on the image above to access it. This […]

Trade you a backpack of badges for a caring teacher & well-resourced school.

This is the third in a series intended to describe the process by which education reformers are transitioning us from neighborhood schools to learning eco-systems. For additional background you can read “From Neighborhood Schools to Learning Eco-Systems, A Dangerous Trade” and “Questions We Should Be Asking About Future Ready Schools.” Since the passage of the […]

Dell, the NSA & Future Ready Schools

Dell’s ties to NSA surveillance programs should give parents, educators, and students pause as they assess the idealistic portrayal of personalized online learning promoted in the company’s peppy video for “Future Ready” schools. Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say (Reuters, August 12, 2013) “Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government’s […]

Questions we should be asking about “Future Ready” schools.

This is a follow up to my prior post regarding the danger of “learning eco-systems.” How far are we from the day we’ll be forced to rely on online education modules to inspire and excite the minds of young people; where badge collections replace diplomas; and virtual reality games substitute for Friday night dances, track meets, […]

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