With the recent unveiling of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard's digital learning platform, EdX, the exclusivity of the MIT and Harvard undergraduate education is allegedly crumbling.
Facing History is hiring a Program Associate for Online Community and Educator Support, a person who will work very closely with me in the years ahead.
Tomorrow, the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors will meet for the unenviable task of evaluating whether or not they made a colossal mistake.
"Personalization" is the buzzword of ISTE 2012: in the years ahead, that word will be the frontline of the battleground between educationists with competing visions of the future of learning.
I'm very pleased to announce the very first MTT2K Prize for the best video commentary on a Khan Academy video!
I'm adding a new plank to my KA platform: no teacher or administrator should use or support the use of Khan Academy videos without watching the first episode of Mystery Teacher Theater 2000 or MTT2K.
I'm doing one of my favorite tasks today: I'm running a Flipped Classroom workshop today at Shrewsbury High School. I love working with teachers about the Flipped Classroom, because it has a fabulous balance of pedagogy and technology. Specifically, it's a little bit about some very easy screencasting technology, and the majority of our time is spent thinking about goals, pedagogy and learning.
Several weeks ago, I was in a meeting at Berkman with Howard Rheingold who recommended Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society, a remarkably prescient book from 1971 which predicts the rise of technology driven "Learning Webs". These Learning Webs are computer-mediated networks where learners identify their needs, find appropriate peers and mentors to advance their skills, and pursue their own individually-crafted education experience. What Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash did for immersive virtual worlds, Deschooling Society does for education: craft a compelling vision of a near future that we can watch come to pass around us.
One of the best parts of working with teachers is that every so often, a former workshop participant will get back in touch with me and share some of the amazing work that their students are doing. This week, I was incredibly pleased to hear from Kevin Delaney from Wayland High School and learn more about his students' most recent project.
From where I'm sitting, with one foot in research and one foot in practice, evidence continues to mount that schools and districts are making major iPad purchases at an astounding rate. In this post, I first want to share some evidence about the incredibly rapid adoption of iPads, and then share some things that I'm involved with to help educators make the most of this new technology.