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Saying No To Naviance: Active Non-Cooperation Is The Best Form of Resistance

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Of course the point of Naviance is to preemptively erase people like me. It won’t do for scrappy, critically thinking, non-cooperators to remain on the board when gameplay begins. The “college and … Continue reading Saying No To Naviance: Active Non-Cooperation Is The Best Form of Resistance

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School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. Empowered is a popular word. But in North Dakota they are handing schools over to Knowledgeworks, a foundation that will convert schools to technology.  The only way teachers will be empowered is if they sign on … Continue reading School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

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Tracking Students: Google Rolls Out “Anytime, Anywhere” Learning in Kirkland, WA Parks This Spring

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. If you’re going to spend time in your local park, do you want your child glued to a device? Should they be looking at flora and fauna, or screens? Students, parents, teachers, and … Continue reading Tracking Students: Google Rolls Out “Anytime, Anywhere” Learning in Kirkland, WA Parks This Spring

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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith knows good storytelling has the power to sway people’s opinions and has the money to buy the best messaging. His first outing was “Most Likely To Succeed” a documentary screened nationally with … Continue reading Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. In 2011 the US Department of Education (USDoE)  launched the nonprofit Digital Promise,  and Digital Promise helped create The League of Innovative Schools. (Click to see map of Innovative Schools in your area).  Digital Promise and the League of … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Read their own documents, and you’ll see that they are planning to turn live, face-to-face teaching into a “premium service.” A premium service.   Meaning that they know face-to-face instruction … Continue reading Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

Is the Teaching Profession Being Downsized?

Original Title: The Strange Future of the Teaching Profession. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. KnowledgeWorks, which has received upwards of 50 million dollars from the Gates Foundation and successfully lobbied Congress to include … Continue reading Is the Teaching Profession Being Downsized?

Personalized Learning Pathways & the Gig Economy

Individual learning pathways, 21st century skills, Embracing the whole child; These empowering phrases are being used to sell the public on a technology-centric, radical redesign of public education. Why? So our students will be able to keep pace in the … Continue reading Personalized Learning Pathways & the Gig Economy

From Neighborhood Schools to Learning Eco-Systems, A Dangerous Trade

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  If we hope to preserve neighborhood schools for future generations we must recognize how reformers are reframing the idea of public education in dangerous new ways. A coordinated campaign of ALEC legislation, philanthropic … Continue reading From Neighborhood Schools to Learning Eco-Systems, A Dangerous Trade

KnowledgeWorks, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the push for competency based learning

How can I have a problem with competency based learning? This is a question I get asked quite a lot these days. To be fair, critics of my stance usually take the time to patiently explain in the comment section … Continue reading KnowledgeWorks, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the push for competency based learning

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