Author Archives: karen mahon

About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.

In Education Technology, ‘Creation or Content’ is the Wrong Question


In education technology circles, and particularly as it relates to use of iPads and apps, I’ve sure heard a lot of discussion about creation versus content. I’ve been thinking about it and wanted to chime in from a learning sciences … Continue reading

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A Stranger in a Strange Land (with apologies to Robert Heinlein)


Originally posted on Behavior Analysis and Technology:
I had a really interesting discussion today with a kids’ learning app developer. She was upset because her app, which got rave reviews from a number of other review sites, had received a…

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A critique of PBL and the ‘new’ pedagogies


This is a wonderful post about evidence-based instruction and the “new” pedagogies. I encourage anyone who want to structure their instruction around student performance data (not to be confused with high stakes assessment data) to read this. Don’t be sucked … Continue reading

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What Now


Originally posted on edtechdigest.com:
5 questions for integrating apps in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Karen Mahon You’re on a roll. You have new tablet devices in your classroom or school. You’ve learned how to use them. You’ve…

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Creating a Content Strategy for Mobile Devices in the Classroom


I 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 … 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….

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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 … Continue reading

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Who are these people who are against learning facts?


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.

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inBloom & Net Neutrality: I’ve Got the Blues


Two 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 … Continue reading

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


It 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 … Continue reading

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