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Watching this video from on propriety of school safety technologies is evocative: Is this the future (or present?) we want for our schools? #edtech #privacy #surveillance cc/


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Tech lawyer Marc Whipple wrote a tutorial about creating the most inexpensive #FreedomBox home server!

Marc introduces the basics of FreedomBox and teaches you how to build one step-by-step using screenshots.

Read and share!

NEW paper I've written with Lisa Petrides (of ISKME) and Eddie Watson (AAC&U) on the future of the open educational resources movement: "Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship"

I'd welcome any and all thoughts.

Been too long since I've posted here (another story), but wanted to be sure to share the latest in the New York Times series on 'Education Disrupted:'

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

I don’t know where we should draw the line on conflict of interest policies here, but I am convinced it is past due time to revisit those policies for a digital age.

These are among the results of a recent study of personalized learning, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

Pane, John F., Elizabeth D. Steiner, Matthew Baird, Laura S. Hamilton and Joseph D. Pane. Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2017.

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Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Students in schools implementing personalized learning are less likely to feel safe in school, less likely to say there is an adult in the school that knows them well, and less likely to say they are an important part of their school community.

"If you can handle the bull, you can handle the classroom."

Another edition up:

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 25 Edition)

Published in 2008, “Disrupting Class” predicted that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes in the US will be taught over the Internet.

Given my public statements about this prediction from 2009, I now return and ask, "are we on track?"

New edition up!

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 23 Edition)

U.S. K-12 focused information, news, and insights into the present and potential futures of technology-infused education, including on school IT security, privacy, personalized learning, OER and open source in education, money, policy and and and...

NEW Report: Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life

By Wolfie Christl, Cracked Labs

How thousands of companies monitor, analyze, and influence the lives of billions. Who are the main players in today’s digital tracking? What can they infer from our purchases, phone calls, web searches, and Facebook likes? How do online platforms, tech companies, and data brokers collect, trade, and make use of personal data?

In March, I launched the K-12 Cyber Incident Map to start systematically sharing info about 'cyber incidents' in U.S. K-12 schools. It's a labor of love, hopefully evolving into something more polished/actionable over time. Having said that, I am confident there is no better free & public source for this info.

Based on 17 months of data (Jan 2016 - May 2017), I've written a high-level analysis of trends so far for the Future of Privacy Forum:

Thoughts? Reax?

New York Times reporter Natasha Singer is out with her 2nd piece in her series on "Education Disrupted." This piece - "The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools" - raises important questions re: the checks and balances absent in the current push to use technologies in schools.

If you work in education (or have a kid in school), it's well worth the read:

And...another edition is up:

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 22 Edition) - including a deep dive and some questions spurred by a recent ACLU report on student privacy while using school-provided devices.

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A decade of EdTech blogging. My blog turned 10 yesterday. Seems like a timely moment to wrap things up in one space and make a blogging shift

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US Supreme Court Protects Consumers' Right To Refill Ink Cartridges In Lexmark vs Impression Case Via @slashdot

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By the way, if there are any humanities academics here that use or #researchgate, have a look at Humanities Commons ( Not exactly a coop but non-profit and run by scholars, thus much less subject to the inherent conflicts of interest than the commercial academic social networking platforms.

The Smell of Data:

"The sense of smell helped early humans to survive. But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us of the lurking dangers in the online wilderness.

"The Smell of Data is a new scent created to instinctively alert internet users of data leaks on personal devices."

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