Category: Education Vol.1

Position: Let’s get beyond the emphasis on ‘technology’ in reforming education.

The question is not what technologies will be used, but what sits behind it.

In underdeveloped countries, in the poorest neighborhoods and slums of the world, it is still about the actual technology, about getting equipment and connectivity to the student. But in the US, we are largely beyond that now. If we are using the word technology to imply everything electronic, well them maybe. But technology is still mostly a vehicle for content, and content has to fit into the proper context. Continue reading

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Education Vol.1, No.11 – Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

Geoffrey Canada is an incredible human being. Let’s start there. He is a tireless advocate for education. In this TED talk he asks a fundamental question. Why haven’t we fixed this? We have the data to move forward but we don’t use it. We continue with a business plan that is fifty and sixty years old. The system failed then and it fails today. Why don’t we act?

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Education Vol.1, No.10 – Book Review – Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Cover_DisruptingClassBy Clayton M. Christensen with Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson
A McGraw-Hill Companies publication

Copyright 2008, 2011
ISBN 978-0-07-174910-7
MHID 0-07-17490-1

Disrupting Class is Clayton Christensen’s application of disruptive innovation theory, to the problems we see in education. There are global references to scope, but this book speaks directly to the US experience. It offers startling and bold predictions on how guided, student-centered technologies and facilitated networks will alter the way our children are taught, and will learn, in the near and distant future.

The future is student-centered education rather than the monolithic teacher-led classroom approach. In the coming years we will flip the classroom. Christensen presents theory as fact, as if he and his cohort are just describing what is about to happen, and it’s possible that he is right. The predictions ride on research and experience from other sectors, and resonate as plausible, possibly even probable. In short, the vision painted by Disrupting Class seems viable, highly informative, and substantively relevant. Continue reading

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Education Vol.1, No9 – Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

In this talk, Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles required for the mind to flourish, and he does this in the context of educating our children. He also addresses the irony of ‘No Child Left Behind’ as few others can; with wit, statistics, and clarity.  Continue reading

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