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I flew home from Australia yesterday. We left Sydney at 5:30pm on Friday and arrived in Los Angeles at noon on Friday. It's a strange and disorienting experience to spend so many hours on an airplane and then to land in a place -- here or there -- where time...

This newsletter is hitting your email inbox a little early. That’s because I’m getting ready to board a flight to Australia. Typically I write and send this on Saturday mornings. I won’t have a Saturday this week. Thanks, International Date Line. It’s my first trip to Australia, and I’m hoping...

Blogging is dead! Long live blogging! As Dave Winer writes, “A good blog exists independently of people reading it. Even if no one read my blog, I’d still write it.” Rather than see the end of blogging signaled by Andrew Sullivan’s retirement, I’d rather see the end of “Hot Takes.”...

So Skymall is filing for bankruptcy. And perhaps there are some lessons there for folks in ed-tech who gleefully tout the hundreds of “innovative products” (code for “ridiculous crap”) that you can start using in your classroom today. This week, on Hack Education, I looked at the marketing for Art...

The tagline on Hack Education is “the history of the future of education technology.” This week, I kicked off a new series on retro ed-tech – forgotten and persistent – with a look at the Speak & Spell. Coming soon: histories of The Oregon Trail, Lego Mindstorms, PLATO, SCANTRON, and...

Although TinyLetter does provide an archive for newsletters, I want to make sure I'm keeping a copy on Hack Education. I probably will not repost all the old newsletters here -- just the first two from 2015. But I'll post the Weekly Newsletter here from here on out.

Many people are still writing their reflections on 2014. (Highly recommended: Stephen Downes’ “A Year in Photos.”) And there continue to be some very interesting reflections on that late December ed-tech event, the #FedWikiHappening (from Frances Bell, from Jenny Mackness, from Tim Klapdor, from Alyson Indrunas, for example). We’re only...

Happy New Year! Folks are still publishing their reflections on 2014. I’ve wrapped up my mammoth series on the Top Ed-Tech Trends as well as made my pick for the Top Ed-Tech Startups of the year. Melanie Fullick wrote about some of the major higher ed stories of 2014. Rebecca...