Category: Education

Can MOOCs Teach Teachers How to Teach

In the famed five phase Hype Cycle, MOOCs are currently in the Trough of Disillusionment (Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver). A University of Pennsylvania study of 1 million MOOC users who participated in 16 of the

Is Common Core Math Good or Bad?

If you’re like most Americans, you just want to know the right answer, so here it is: Common Core Math is good for Americans. But knowing the answer isn’t enough, one of Common Core’s goals is to help you understand

The Reconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

The Atlantic has an interesting piece, The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher. It’s a worthwhile read that not only presents an interesting case but provides a great overview of where the edtech world stands today. The basis of the piece

Unbundling Higher Education

The Atlantic had an interesting post about unbundling higher education called “Higher Education is Not a Mixtape“. In this sense, unbundling would mean that you could take college courses in the same way you buy music to make a mixtape:

Finding the Right Customer for Education

We were doing a little Value Proposition Design for a high school focused improving-education project the other day. The first step in the process is identifying the jobs, pains and gains of the target Customer Segment. The problem of finding

Dealing with Our Distracted Students

I don’t have to tell you that we live in a world full of distractions. Study after study reveals that our ability to maintain focus and remain “on task” is diminishing rapidly. There aren’t many places where this is more

Is it Really the Educonomy, Stupid?

Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education at Gallup, reprinted an article which originally appeared at Fast Company calling for more integration between our educational system and businesses. He even coined a new term for this integration in a paragraph riffing

Why English is More Important Than STEM

I often ask people involved in education, which high school subject they think is the most important: Math, Science, English or History. Many of them answer Math and I can see where that comes from. From an economic success perspective,

Learning Styles: The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard

A recent study by psychologists at the University of California, The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard, Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking (summarized here), reveals that students who took class notes by hand remembered and applied concepts considerably

The Problem of the Failure Narrative

Definition of the Failure Narrative In an endeavor as large as education, there will always be a significant number of successes and failures. The “failure narrative” perspective emphasizes the failures will little or no reference to the successes. The failure