Creating a Content Strategy for Mobile Devices in the Classroom


Center on Innovations in LearningI feel so fortunate to have been asked by the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL), at Temple University, to prepare a classroom guide for content strategy and mobile devices. As most of you know, this has been a long-time passion of mine and the good people at CIL gave me an opportunity to write all about it. Continue reading

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3-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core


I really enjoyed this simple (and, I thought, elegant) explanation of why the Common Core State Standards are important! See what you think…. Continue reading

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Who is Education’s Customer?


Today I attended a session about the relationships between business and education. The session was put on by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a non-profit group that does really good work in my state to improve education on the policy level. The purpose of the session was to discuss how to get businesses more involved in supporting and helping improve education. There were a couple of consultants there who presented some findings of a Harvard Business School study looking at competitiveness in the global economy. Specifically they addressed recent policies or movements that have been most helpful to improving education and student achievement.  Continue reading

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Who are these people who are against learning facts?


karen mahon:

This post is simply outstanding…Harry Webb captures the precise problem with new kinds of “progressive” education. Many of the comments are also fantastic, so take the time to check those out as well.

Originally posted on Webs of Substance:

Nuancio: Who are these people who are against learning facts?

Didacticus: Well, there’s quite a few. There’s Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard, Howard Gardner who said, “when the answers to factual questions are available at the movement of a mouse or the click of a button, there is no point in spending time committing the information to memory.” There’s business guru Seth Godin who, in his TEDx talk on education said, “There is zero value in memorising anything, ever again.”

Nuancio: Is that it?

Didacticus: Not quite. There’s the influential book, “Making Thinking Visible” by Ritchhart, Church and Morrison in which it is claimed that, “Retention of information through rote practice isn’t learning, it is training.”

Nuancio: Yes, but they could mean that you could retain information by other means. Did you think of that? Eh? And is ‘retention of information’ the same thing as ‘learning…

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inBloom & Net Neutrality: I’ve Got the Blues


Blue_SadTwo things happened in the news this week that have me really bummed out.

The first is that inBloom announced that it is winding down. The purpose of inBloom was to be a data repository for student data; a resource that would help teachers make sense of vast amounts of student performance data to then better individualize instruction. It seems like the words were no sooner out of my mouth last week when I posted that educators were worried about the wrong thing with big data when THIS happened! Continue reading

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Educators Are Worried About the Wrong Thing With “Big Data”


big dataIt seems that we are awash in data in education, especially edtech, lately. I’m a big data junkie, so I find it tremendously exciting. With the advances in technology we have the opportunity to collect real-time performance data at a level of detail that just wasn’t possible before. And with good data and people who understand what those data mean, well, the possibilities just seem endless for how we can improve and individualize instruction for kids. Continue reading

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2014 – Finalists & Winners


karen mahon:

Friends, just had to share this today….my company, Balefire Labs, won the Cool Tool Award for Best New EdTech Product or Service for 2014 from EdTech Digest! We are beyond excited!

Originally posted on edtechdigest.com:

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2014 | Spirit of Innovation

Spirit of InnovationFor so many reasons, the education technology space is moving forward with great momentum and robust spirit. A confluence of factors — the right time, technology and people — has made for a superlative year. With top talent and quality in so many corners, it wasn’t an easy selection process, but we are shining a spotlight on some of the best and brightest tools, leaders and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution for the benefit of future generations. There are now thousands of startups, apps and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. The introduction of new methods, ideas, products and frameworks for learning, the willingness of investors to power such ingenuity through, or for startups making a go of it to boldly bootstrap their own efforts — and the real results that come of it — all converge to…

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What I’ve Learned about the Common Core State Standards and Educational Apps


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Today I wrote a blog piece for Balefire Labs about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and educational apps. Over the past few months I’ve been doing a ton of aligning apps to the CCSS and I wanted to share what I’ve learned.

Once I published that piece I thought I should also share it here to see what your experience has been. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started doing the alignment, but, I confess, now that it’s done I have to say that I really like the new standards. I’d love for you to read my piece and chime in on what your experience has been and whether or not you agree with what I learned from the experience.

Here it is…. Continue reading

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How Can We Encourage Co-Creation in EdTech?


It’s been a long week for me. I’ve been working on the next big thing that we’re launching next week at Balefire Labs. I won’t give it away here, but suffice it to say that only something really cool brought me up for air and inspired me enough to write about it.

Most of you know that I think the distinction between “content” and “creativity” educational technology resources is pretty bogus. I’ve written about it before (here, for example) so I won’t rehash all of that with you today. Continue reading

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How Does Google Autocomplete EdTech Terms?


Did you all see the image online about each state’s biggest stereotype, according to Google’s autocomplete feature in search? If you missed it, here’s the image from the Huffington Post.

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