Even though every article I write in this series is incredibly long, I always have to leave something out. Here are some of the other stories that were told about platforms (and wannabe platforms) this year:

The LMS as Platform

“Inside Silicon Valley’s Big-Money Push to Remake American Education” by Kristina Rizga

“Canvas – the undead LMS and the consolidation of managerial power” by Leigh Blackall

Private Schools as Platforms

Why is Liberia’s Government rushing to sell its public schools to U.S. for-profits?" by Mary Mulbah

“No education crisis wasted: On Bridge’s ‘business model’ in Africa” by Maria Hengeveld

Via The New York Times: “Disrupting the World of Private School With Tech and Guinea Pigs.” That’s the Portfolio School, run by the technology platform WeWork.

Amazon as Platform

“Will Amazon Take Over the World?” by Frank Pasquale

“The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson

Elsevier as Platform

“Elsevier Is Becoming a Data Company. Should Universities Be Wary?” via The Chronicle of Higher Education

Google as Platform

“Frontier notes on metaphors: the digital as landscape and playground” by Benjamin Doxtdator

“What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?” asks Edsurge

“How Google Book Search Got Lost,” via Wired

“How Google Builds Its Maps – and What It Means for the Future of Everything” by The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal

Audrey Watters


The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2017)

A Hack Education Project

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