Tag Archives: Mastery learning

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 … Continue reading

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A Great Math App for Kids


Just in case you didn’t catch it someplace else, I thought I’d share the free math app review that we published this week over on Balefire Labs. I’ve talked to you guys about the Native Numbers app before, but here … Continue reading

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What is Student Engagement? And What Should it Be?


Maybe those seems like weird questions. But they’ve been bouncing around in my head for a while now. I hear a lot of people talk about student engagement as a goal, but I get the impression that not everyone means … Continue reading

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Are MOOCs and Competency-Based Learning on a Collision Course?


Let’s just be clear: Massive Open Online Courseware (MOOC) and Competency-Based Learning (CBL) are not the same thing. They both claim to be “personalized” learning, but that personalization is expressed in completely different ways. In the case of the MOOC, the … Continue reading

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Competency-Based Education and Me.


I’m kind of liking this competency-based education thing. I think I’ve been behind the curve on this, because it’s only really come to my attention recently. And when I did a little more reading for this post, I could see … Continue reading

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Numerosity: review of a new Math app from ThoughtBox!


Today I’m so fortunate to be blogging to you from the West Indian island of Grenada…the Spice Island…where there are frequent reminders of the fact that the issues we debate here on this blog truly are “first-world problems.” This week … Continue reading

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A Math App Worth Bragging About!


On Tuesday I wrote about a math app that gave me paroxysms so today I want to write about a math app that gives me the warm fuzzies.  It only seems fair.  This way we’ll balance out the Universe. Just … Continue reading

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Algebra, Chocolate-Covered Broccoli and Insanity


As all of you know by now, I spend quite a bit of my time reviewing ed tech products.  And as I’ve been reviewing educational apps I’ve always wondered what would happen when the day came when the material got … Continue reading

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In Defense of Homework


I’ve been reading quite a few anti-homework articles lately.  Is this something new?  Have I just been missing it?  It seems like in the blink of an eye we went from everyone being pro-flipping the classroom (with its requisite video-watching … Continue reading

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Goodbye Teacher


Last week I was reading a blog that discussed different teaching methodologies.  One of those methods was Programmed Instruction (PI), a method that was developed by B.F. Skinner.  PI dates back to the 1950s when Skinner developed his Teaching Machine. … Continue reading

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