Category Archives: technology

“Slaughterbots”: drones, some futures, and education

It’s a vision of a possible future.  Tiny, friendly-looking drones fly out of a truck and buzz across a college campus.  There they work their individual ways into a classroom and explode against several students, killing them. What? That’s a … Continue reading

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Two more ed tech organizations come out swinging for net neutrality

What does the impending FCC shift away from net neutrality mean for education and technology? Yesterday I posted my interview with EDUCAUSE’s policy director.  Jarret Cummings explained that organization’s position in favor of net neutrality. Today the Chronicle of Higher … Continue reading

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Update: EDUCAUSE responds to the FCC’s new net neutrality policy move

What should higher education do about the United States FCC‘s upcoming move against net neutrality? To get a handle on this question I interviewed Jarret Cummings, the director of policy and government relations for EDUCAUSE.  Jarret was very generous with his … Continue reading

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When Silicon Valley turns on itself

In case you haven’t seen it, this Paul Lewis article in the Guardian has attracted a lot of attention.  The theme of “‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia” concerns some Silicon Valley technologists … Continue reading

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Glimpses of a world of stacks

Incidents from the past 24 hours, as evidence for a digital future strongly shaped by powerful stacks: A friend shares a BBC story about a new UNESCO report concerning learning.  The document sounds fascinating and important.  But there is no … Continue reading

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Equifiasco: what will happen next, and what should we do?

Let’s step back from the future of education for a moment and consider one of the biggest technology stories of the week: the spectacular Equifax hack.   To do so let’s keep thinking about the future, and where this could … Continue reading

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New venues for long-form conversation online

A month ago I asked you all about the best digital platforms for hosting long form discussion.   I’ve been exploring this topic, and wanted to follow up. One reason is that there have been some really excellent conversations on … Continue reading

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