End of an Era – (The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News
Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. – Audrey Watters, 2018
Although I have not followed Audrey’s work for the entirety of those eight years, I can still remember sitting at my desk as a graduate student trying to research ed tech and coming across Hack Education. Up until that point, in my undergrad or while I was teaching in K12, I had not really encountered a critical take on EdTech. Maybe a teacher or two that scoffed at the idea of using technology in their class, but they had a wide range of reasons. As a New Media and Information Processing teacher (two subjects under the umbrella of Practical and Applied Arts, along side woodworking, welding, drafting, and photo), the impression I was given was that I would lead the way for edtech integration in the schools I worked in. I enrolled in the Educational Technology and Design program at usask in 2011 and began my journey into instructional design.
When I pause to think about the people who have influenced the way I think about edtech and ID, and my approach to both, I will always come back to Audrey and her work. Kin Lane was not being hyperbolic when he referred to Audrey as the most important resource we have in edtech. From the earlier formative days where I was learning about the basics of edtech and ID, Audrey’s writing revealed a fascinating history of the subjects, but also raised critical questions no one else was asking. From those earlier days I followed along weekly, always looking forward to the weekly write ups (on occasion, punching refresh on my RSS feed to see if it was out yet). I appreciate the shear volume of work that would take. The yearly roundups in December are also a resource people in our field should pay attention to.
I won’t write the series in 2019 either, so this is the very last Hack Education Weekly News. It’s time to make some changes to Hack Education and more importantly to my life.
I greatly appreciate what Audrey has taught me through her writing, her keynotes, and I look forward to hearing about where 2019 will take her. If you work in ed tech, e-learning, instructional design, and the like I strongly recommend you read her work and reflect on your own practice. I also encourage you to support her work.