With support from Google, the MIT Teaching Systems Lab is developing practice spaces where teachers rehearse for challenging scenarios in teaching where unconscious biases can affect teacher's decisions.
Instead of always talking about technology, we need to shift the conversation such that we start to better define student learning.
Blade Kotelli, Senior Experience Designer at Sonos, describes how design is a lens for understanding how to shape the world around us.
To ensure the success of any new program or initiative, educators and administrators first need to define the "black box" of innovation.
Viewing school through the lens of games helps us understand the shortcomings of schools and the paths to make schools more engaging and effective.
Whether the goal is design thinking or deeper learning, ensuring that all teachers and administrators have an opportunity to learn may be most critical for long-term success.
By helping students develop empathy, it may be possible to prevent the negative consequences of innovation, like fake news and online bullying.
The hallmark of ambitious instruction is teaching and learning that moves beyond the straightforward communication of facts and skills to instruction that has teachers and students making meaning of rich academic content.
Assessment is a measurement, and evaluation is assessment with a value judgment. Only the former is essential to launching change in schools.
In improving schools for students, it is more important to get one system right than it is to pick the one right system.