Back in 2012, I read Jane McGonigal's book, Reality is Broken, and learned the 4 key design elements of any game. This has changed the way I approach teaching and even my own life design.
Have you ever come across a product or service that you had the idea for months or years ago? Learn how to take your own ideas from concept to creation.
Startup Weekend EDU took over Florida International University and brought together one of the most diverse group of people to hack away at problems in education and learn how to take any idea from concept to creation. The weekend was nothing short of magical!
What if the problem has nothing to do with the teaching and learning of math? What if the problem is unrelated to math?
Imagine a classroom where IBM's Watson or another artificial intelligence system served as a co-teacher, capturing data, conducting classroom management tasks, and intelligently making suggestions to the teacher.
While the allure of a silver bullet is difficult to resist, silver bullets stand to do more damage than we think. In this post, I discuss the problem with the silver bullet and other associated problems that are caused by the mere talk of the silver bullet.
A tool is only useful if you have the understanding and underlying know-how to use it adequately. Furthermore, you have to have a purpose first, then a strategy/model/plan to achieve your goal, and finally can you then begin to consider the appropriate tools to employ. Then and only then do tools take on a clear meaning, become easier to learn, and stand the chance of delivering results.
What if school opened at 5am and closed at midnight? What if student participated in activities other than class? What if local entrepreneurs also used the space at night as a collaborative working space? What if they became mentors to high school students? What if they became collaborators? What if they became partners? What if working together they started new businesses? And what if along the way, all of this inspired and motivated students to master all of the state-mandated content because in comparison it just seemed so easy? In this post, I discuss all of this and pose other questions.
In this post I discuss some of the fundamental issues with edtech as it stands today. Recently, the Los Angeles Unified School District received a lot of publicity for a failing iPad program. While I don't believe the case is hopeless, there are some fundamental issues that must be addressed for the initiative to improve. Other schools can certainly avoid these mistakes.
Kids are awesome, even when they don't seem to be. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them. What we do and say to them are the only things that can ruin that perfection. Alternatively, what we do and say to them can also make them even better.