Cross-posted to Hack Education

I wouldn’t say these are all the stories about education technology we were told this year. But these are the ones I decided to analyze:

In addition to these eleven articles, I wrote a bunch of supplemental pieces, mostly trying to fill in some of the gaps in the storytelling:

I also wrote about the investors and corporations funding each of these powerful storylines (or at least, funding the new ed-tech companies associated with them):

This was the eighth time undertaking this year-end project, and it was, by far, the most difficult one yet. In part, 2017 was just a very bad year. A bad year for the politics of education. A bad year for the politics of technology. A busy year, full of bad education technology. There were many ed-tech storylines to follow, almost all of them dystopian. In part too, this project is just a lot of work, as there’s a ton of writing and as (I hope) there’s some big thinking as well.

This undertaking would not be possible without the scholarship of many other writers and thinkers. (So credit where credit is due.) And it certainly would not be possible without the financial and moral support of readers. Thank you everyone who read and shared my work this year.

Except for the haters. Don’t @ me.

Audrey Watters


The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2017)

A Hack Education Project

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