I've published the first article in my "Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015" series. You can find it here.
I also wanted to make note some of the news items that didn't make the story. So I've decided to include those below.
From Edsurge: “How Being a CEO and Teaching Aren’t So Different.”
Here’s what ed-tech (as) imperialism looks like.
Public schools in Baltimore were shut down following violent clashes between police and protestors, stemming from the death of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody. Al Jazeera looks at what happens when students who normally eat breakfast and lunch at school do not have food as they’re forced to stay at home.
“A Georgia woman likely faces probation after she was arrested and put in ankle shackles earlier this month because of her son’s school absences,” says AJC.com.
Kalief Browder, a young man profiled in a New Yorker story last year, who spent three years in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without ever being committed of a crime, has died. He committed suicide.
Senators Angus King and (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, which they say will “support innovative ways to improve student access to the Internet and other digital learning resources outside of the classroom.”
Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Students in China are being recruited in large numbers by their universities as an ‘army’ of online contributors to bolster the official party line, in a new drive by the Communist Youth League of China that will draw universities squarely into the country’s attempts to control the internet within its borders.”
Via Ars Technica: “Study: Racially charged hate crimes go up as broadband expands.”
Via NPR: “As New Tools Bust Down Barriers For The Blind, Schools Struggle To Keep Up.”
Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Way. Can Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen Help It?
Why Technology Alone Won’t Fix Schools
Kill the Department of Ed.? It’s been done