Audrey Watters

education writer, recovering academic, serial dropout, ed-tech’s Cassandra, author of The Monsters of Education Technology. (And coming soon: Teaching Machines)


Buckminster Fuller and Education’s Automation


You can trace the history of ed-tech through many education philosophies and through many technologies. Too often we fail to trace that…


The Flying Classroom: The Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction


The Early Days of Educational TV


The Golden Lasso of Education Technology


This talk was delivered May 9, 2015 at Davidson College at its Annual Teaching Showcase


Memory Machines: Education Technology without the Memex


Among the things that (education) technology is supposed to revolutionize: memory.


The Invented History of ‘The Factory Model of Education’


“What do I mean when I talk about transformational productivity reforms that can also boost student outcomes

The History of the Future of the Push-Button School


The military has long been involved in the development of education technology — hardly surprising considering the number of people…


Data and Diplomas: On LinkedIn’s Acquisition of Lynda.com


I’m surprised to have seen so little thoughtful analysis of the LinkedIn acquisition of Lynda.com, particularly as Mindwires…


Lego Mindstorms: A History of Educational Robots


In the fall of 1984, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen — then the CEO of Lego (and grandson of its founder) — happened to watch a television…


Buckminster Fuller and Education’s Automation


You can trace the history of ed-tech through many education philosophies and through many technologies. Too often we fail to trace that…


Gordon Pask’s Adaptive Teaching Machines


“Adaptive learning” might be one of the latest education technology buzzwords, one that’s often uttered alongside that other popular adjective…