Liked HEWN, No. 269 by Audrey Watters (Hack Education Weekly Newsletter)
Iโ€™m not ashamed to admit that I can be struck โ€“ deeply struck โ€“ by the loss of a celebrity. Like the loss of Carrie Fisher and Prince in 2016, this one hit me hard. We tend to attach a lot of meaning to stars โ€“ and not just the meaning that Hollywood star systems and the like hope we will. Stars matter because they are inspirational and aspirational, and even when they are larger-than-life, they are, in the end, fragile and human. They live and breathe and love and suffer and die like the rest of us.
Liked Invisible Labor and Digital Utopias by Audrey Watters (Hack Education)
The efficiency of teaching and learning โ€“ that means we need to talk about labor, in this illustration, in our imagined futures, in our stories. Because itโ€™s not just the machine (or itโ€™s not the machine alone) โ€“ in this depiction or in our practices โ€“ that is doing โ€œthe work.โ€ There is invisible labor here. Not depicted. Not imagined. Not theorized or commented upon by Asimov.
Liked Hack Education Weekly News by Audrey Watters (Hack Education)

Michael Horn writes in Edsurge about โ€œWhy Google Maps โ€“ not Netflix or Amazon โ€“ Points to the Future of Education.โ€ Funny, it was just a few years ago that he wrote that, indeed, Netflix and Amazon did point the way.

Itโ€™s almost as though there are zero consequences in ed-tech for being full of shit.

Replied to ๐Ÿ‘“ The Web We Need to Give Students | BRIGHT Magazine by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
Read The Web We Need to Give Students by Audrey Watters (BRIGHT Magazine) โ€œGiving students their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web.โ€
I must admit, I hadn’t read that post before. However, I did enjoy her book on the importance of domains though. I think that there are many cross overs between a Domain of One’s Own and the #IndieWeb.
Liked No. 263 by Audrey Watters (HEWN)
Itโ€™s worth remembering, of course, that A Nation at Risk wasnโ€™t so much a fact-finding commission as it was a carefully constructed (and statistically suspect) narrative about โ€œfailing schoolsโ€ โ€“ a narrative that continues to be wielded in sequel after sequel after sequel after sequel after sequel after sequel.
Bookmarked Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV (Hack Education)
I wanted to do a lot of screaming at the event, I confess. But I didnโ€™t want to just scream at the investors and entrepreneurs about the misinformation they heard and they spread. I wanted to scream at all those reporters and all those pundits who uncritically repeat these stories too and at all those educators who readily take it all in.
Audrey Watters reminds us why we must always consider and question the stories that we are told and therefore tell in return.
Bookmarked Books on the History of Education Technology by Audrey Watters (The Histories of Education Technology)
I have created a page that lists some of the titles. It does not include works of sociology or guides on instructional design. It also does not include "books from history," that is books written by notable historical figures in the field.
Replied to HEWN, No. 259 by Audrey Watters (Tinyletter)
The question of whose story gets told is always an interesting one, I suppose, particularly in science and technology. And I canโ€™t help but wonder not only what happened to Crowder but whatโ€™s going to happen to the (education) technologists of today. How will they be remembered? (And what are the archival materials weโ€™ll turn to to study them?)
This is a really important point Audrey. I have been spending time collecting and curating what updates and information from Google and Hapara, two platforms that are at the core of our learning strategy. So often ‘updates’ come in the form of a revision of support material. There are no dates or details, just how tos. Even if they try to tell a story, this is often quite disparate.
I have been thinking a bit about technology lately and how we define it. This short reflection is inspired in part by Audrey Watters, Marten Koomen and Ben Williamson. In the end, technology comes in many shapes and sizes.