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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2017

A Hack Education Project

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...

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...