Monthly Archive: July 2017

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The Future of Education According to Rainbows End

I’m continuing to participate (if you use participate with the loosest possible definition) in Bryan Alexander’s reading group, and this time around we’re reading a near future science fiction novel, Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge, to take a look at how education might look in the future.  We’re two thirds of the way through the book, and can read the first week discussion and second week discussion if you’d like.  Here are some of my thoughts so far.

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Big Data, Little Ethics

So, this wasn’t the post I had intended to write today.  But it’s what has come front and center, so I guess it’s the one that will get written.  Today the folks at Instructure (makers of the Canvas learning platform) released an Alexa Skill for Canvas that allows faculty, students, or parents to query Alexa for Canvas based information/activities.  In the parlance of today’s politicians, I am troubled by this.