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Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) gift likely means huge changes for schools across the country. We’ve known for a long time that Chicago school experimentation is usually the country’s pilot project. And the CZI … Continue reading Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was very close. Chris Reykdal ended … Continue reading 24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

The scoop on Seattle School Board Candidates Chelsea Byers and Omar Vasquez: Buyer Beware

Beginning in 2008, many of us saw the tsunami of charter schools and the complete privatization of school districts coming our way in Seattle with the appearance of former Broad-trained school superintendent Goodloe-Johnson. Many of us had questions about this … Continue reading The scoop on Seattle School Board Candidates Chelsea Byers and Omar Vasquez: Buyer Beware

Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

John Krull agreed to answer our questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I implemented … Continue reading Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

Summit charter schools  opened a location in Seattle last year. The school calls what they do “blended” or “personalized” learning which means placing a student in front of a computer during most, if not all, of their learning time. As of now, … Continue reading Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

Automated Education + Chasing Skills + Debt = Social Control

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. I posted the scenario below in November of 2015 as a Facebook note. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across a number of items having to do with skills, automation, and human capital management, … Continue reading Automated Education + Chasing Skills + Debt = Social Control

Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I … Continue reading Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

I find it disturbing how quickly basic facts are flushed down the memory hole. Yes, Betsy Devos is the extreme example of the type of privatizer destroying public education, but the Democrats – with Obama at the helm – opened … Continue reading The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

ELO’s: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda, Part 1

  Editor’s note: Post republished with permission from Wrench in the Gears. ELOs: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda ELO’s are learning experiences that by definition happen OUTSIDE the classroom. This makes them a perfect foil for digital learning. These … Continue reading ELO’s: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda, Part 1

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Editor’s note: Cheri Kiesecker was a panelists for the Webinar: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut hosted by Parents Across America. Click here for links to the video recording and slides from the program. -Carolyn Leith The USDoE’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field, CBE, … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools