The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't "Tech")

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't "Tech")

This talk was presented at Coventry University

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Audrey Watters

April 03, 2017
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  1. The “Top Ed-Tech Trends” (Aren’t “Tech”) Audrey Watters The University

    of Coventry — April 2017
  2. The best way to predict the future is to issue

    a press release
  3. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2010 • US Politics •

    Online Learning • Mobile Learning • Social Learning, Social Networks • Investment in Education Technology
  4. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011 • The iPad •

    Social Media: Adoption and Crackdown • Text-Messaging • Data (Which Still Mostly Means “Standardized Testing”) • The Digital Library • Khan Academy • STEM Education’s “Sputnik Moment” • “The Higher Education Bubble” • “Open” • The Business of Ed-Tech
  5. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012 • The Business of

    Ed-Tech • The Maker Movement • Learning to Code • The Flipped Classroom • MOOCs • The Battle to Open Textbooks • Education Data and Learning Analytics • The Platforming of Education • Automation and Artificial Intelligence • The Politics of Ed-Tech
  6. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 • “Zombie Ideas” •

    The Politics of Education / Technology • Standards • MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs • Coding and “Making” • Hardware • Data vs Privacy • The Battle for “Open” • What Counts “For Credit” • The Business of Ed-Tech
  7. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014 • Buzzwords • The

    Business of Ed-Tech • School and “Skills” • MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education • Competencies and Certificates • The Common Core State Standards • Data and Privacy • The Indie Web • Social Justice • #Fail
  8. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015 • The Politics of

    Education Technology • Standardized Testing • “The Employability Narrative” • Credits and Credentialing • The Collapse of For-Profit Higher Education (Or Not) • Beyond the MOOC • The Compulsion for Data • Social Media, Campus Activism, and Free Speech • Indie Ed-Tech • The Business of Ed-Tech
  9. The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2016 • Wishful Thinking •

    The Politics of Education Technology • The Business of Education Technology • “Free” and “Open” • For-Profit Higher Education • The “New Economy” • Credentialing • Data Insecurity • The Ideology of Personalization • Inequality
  10. “Technology is a system. It entails far more than its

    individual material components” — Ursula Franklin
  11. “The Silicon Valley narrative”

  12. California as “the dream factory”

  13. Technology is never neutral; technology is necessarily ideological

  14. “Embedded in every tool is an ideological bias” — Neil

    Postman
  15. Education technologies are “ideologically-freighted”

  16. Education technology platforms

  17. The “platforming” of education by technology (and its ideologies)

  18. “The full stack approach to education” — control, ownership

  19. “Platforms are, in a sense, capitalism distilled to its essence”

    — John Herrman