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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2017

A Hack Education Project

Even though there are still four months (and change) left in 2017, I’m fairly certain that I’ve already identified the “top ed-tech trends” I will write about in my annual series. This will be the eighth year I’ve undertaken this project, and I know by now that it’s an immense...

Although publication of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends” series happens in December, it’s truly a year-round project. As we're about halfway through 2017, I'm already starting to think about what I'm going to write about in those articles. I’ve penned a couple of stories so far on “trends to watch” –...

In the last few years, the “skills gap” has been invoked by politicians and pundits alike. It’s a narrative that gets wielded to justify changes to the structure of both K–12 and post-secondary education. I’ve noticed a growing number of startups that say their product/service works to address that gap,...

Earlier this month, I gave the closing keynote at NMC’s summer conference: “‘The Brave Little Surveillance Bear’ and Other Stories We Tell About Robots Raising Children.” The talk was inspired by a product showcased at CES in January: Mattel’s Aristotle, which at the time purported to be “baby’s first virtual...

OK, fidget spinners aren’t really a “trend to watch.” I imagine they’re going to be one of those consumer products that gets a lot of news, generates a flurry of sales, prompts schools to establish all sorts of rules and punishments, and then disappears by the time I write my...