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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2017

A Hack Education Project

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...

Last year, I called “social-emotional learning” a trend to watch, noting that companies were seizing on buzzwords like “grit,” “growth mindset,” and “resilience” in order to build technologies that purported to measure and monitor students emotional not just academic development. “Social-emotional learning” didn’t make the cut of my final list...

I have added a script to my websites today that will block annotations – namely those from Genius and those from Hypothes.is. I have been meaning to do this for a while now, so it’s mostly a project that comes as I procrastinate doing something else rather than one that...

Last year, I called “disrupting procurement” a trend to watch, noting the repeated argument that the reason why the ed-tech industry struggles – with making money, with making decent products – is that the market is so difficult to crack; the procurement process is so cumbersome. When I wrote my...

I've wrapped up my series "Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2016," so it's time to start working on 2017. Ugh. I think. This is a lot of work. Is it worth it? I plan to keep this blog updated regularly throughout the year. I'll post thoughts as the year progresses on...