My idols are dead and my enemies are in power.

Keynotes and Presentations

“‘I Love My Label’: Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech” presented at Davidson College. “The Rough Beasts of Ed-Tech” at the Irish Learning Technology Association’s annual conference. “Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change” at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in PEI. “Re·Con·Figures: The Pigeons of Ed-tech” at Designs on eLearning. “Attending to the Digital” at The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “(This Is Not a Morphology of) The Monsters of Education Technology” at ETUG’s fall workshop. “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release” at VCU.

Other Speaking Gigs

I facilitated a conversation with José Vilson at Educon. I spoke with Bryan Alexander on the first of his FTTE series. I talked to students at Burlington High School who are working on projects to “rethink school.” I spoke to Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt’s class on current ed-tech issues, ECI830. I was a guest 4 times on Virtually Connecting. I recorded 2 segments for 100ms.


Kin and I started a podcast and recorded 37 episodes.

I was also a guest on Rose Eveleth’s Flash Forward podcast (and contributed some voice-work to it as well). I was a guest on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Re:Learning podcast. I was a guest on Cited.

Other Web Projects

Drone Recovery. Fragments. Notes. Ed-Tech Social Graph. The Pigeons of Ed-Tech. The Robots of Ed-Tech. Tech Gypsies. Teaching Machines. The History of the Future of Education. Ed-Tech, WTF.


I taught the “Action” track at the Digital Pedagogy Institute at UMW. I taught a workshop on privacy at The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.


I sent 52 Hack Education Weekly Newsletters, renamed this year to HEWN.

I also sent out a handful of Drone Recovery newsletters, and both and generate newsletters based on their respective RSS feeds.

Articles on Hack Education

I wrote 98 articles on Hack Education.

Hack Education also got new logos, thanks to Bryan Mathers.

Most Popular Articles

I don’t know. Who cares? I don’t have analytics on my sites any longer. I’d rather not track my readers – privacy is more important than ego.

Articles Published Elsewhere

“Identity, Power, and Education’s Algorithms” in Identity, Power, and Education. “Public Education Is Not Responsible for Tech’s Diversity Problem” in Boundary2. “Accountability: Calling Education to a Count” in Enabling Connected Learning. “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release” in Boundary2.

Books (Written By Me)

The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology

Books (Read By Me)

I read Is Technology Good for Education?, Terms of Use, Mastering Bitcoin, The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism, The Circle, The Windup Girl, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Oryx and Crake, Disrupted, The Year of the Flood, Maddaddam, When We Are No More, Reamde, Career of Evil, The Global Pigeon, The Color of Magic, Questionnaire, A Wrinkle in Time, Mindstorms, The Children’s Machine, The Real World of Technology, The Underground Railroad, Staying with the Trouble, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and Wishful Drinking.

I started reading a lot more that I didn’t finish. And I bought even more that I didn’t start.


Cities I traveled to (just counting the ones I stayed in overnight): London UK, Philadelphia PA, Charlotte NC, Ventura CA, Madera CA, Folsom CA, Reno NV, Dublin Ireland, Grants Pass OR (three times), North Bend OR (twice), Dufur OR (twice), Portland OR (five times), Troutdale OR (twice), Charlottetown PEI, Fredericksburg VA, Goleta CA, Corte Madera CA, Arcata CA, Astoria OR, Aberdeen WA, Port Angeles WA, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC (twice), Seattle WA, Eugene OR (twice), Roseburg OR, Woodland CA, New York NY, Monterey CA, Richmond VA, Sacramento CA.

That’s just three countries – far less international travel than previous years.

London January 2016

Yosemite May 2016

Peterson Mountain May 2016

Dublin, May 2016

Crater Lake, June 2016

Rogue Gorge, June 2016

National Creek Falls, June 2016

West Coast Road Trip, August-September 2016

NYC, September 2016

I visited Crater Lake for the first time. I visited Yosemite for the first time. I walked the High Line for the first time. I visited the library at Trinity College for the first time. I visited The Maritimes for the first time.

Social Media

I rejoined Facebook.

Twitter refused to verify @audreywatters, but did verify @hackeducation. I created two Twitter bots: @redrobotutor and @weaponizedu.

GitHub Updates

Yes, thank you “freelance economy.” There were only 6 days in 2016 that I did not work.

Theatre and Concerts and Movies

I saw The Book of Mormon while in London with the kid. I didn’t see any live concerts and didn’t see any movies in the movie theatre. But look. I made over 2600 GitHub contributions.


The best meals I ate this year were at Mame (Eugene OR), Rediviva (Aberdeen WA), and Steak and Whiskey (Hermosa Beach CA). I ate Dominican food and Taylor ham for the first time. I gave up drinking coffee. I gave up drinking alcohol for about four months, but damn, this year... I've drowned my sorrows in copious amounts of red wine.


None. This must be rectified in 2017.

The only body modification this year: dyeing my hair.


I finally cleaned out the storage unit that I’d had in Eugene since my husband died in 2005. My dad’s estate was finally settled. I paid off my student loans.

Icon credits: The Noun Project

Audrey Watters


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