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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Future of Education

The Algorithmic Future of Education

Audrey Watters | October 24, 2015

[Blogger's note: Published in The History of the Future of Education. Essays on Education Technology. See:]
In my review of “the year in ed-tech,” I look to see where the money’s gone — this has been a record-setting year for venture capital investment in education technology, for what it’s worth (over $3.76 billion). I look to see what entrepreneurs and engineers are building and what educators and students are adopting and what politicians are demanding, sanctioning. I look for, I listen to the stories.
Today I want to talk about three of these trends — “themes” is perhaps the more accurate word: austerity, automation, and algorithms.
I have the phrase “future of education” in the title to this talk, but I don’t want to imply that either austerity or automation or algorithms are pre-ordained. There is no inevitability to the future of education, to any of this — there is no inevitability to what school or technology will look like; there is no inevitability to our disinvestment in public education. These are deeply political issues — issues of labor, information, infrastructure, publicness, power. We can (we must) actively work to mold this future, to engage in public and political dialogue and not simply hand over the future to industry.


<more at; related links: (Computing Education Blog. December 14, 2015) and (The History of the Future of Education. Essays on Education Technology)>

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