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January 04, 2016

Working Your way out of an EdTech Mess

We've reached the point where we are beyond the halfway point in the shift to digital. During this time there are three common problems that schools and districts are facing, a lack of narrative, a coherent change strategy, and a reflection on the mess that some find themselves in today.

December 28, 2015

#YearInReview: The Best of 2015, 10 Predictions for 2016

With EdTech investment in the United States and abroad reaching record levels in 2015, we look to the new year with 10 predictions that will have BIG implications for learners. This includes better formative assessments, the dominance of Chromebooks and the adoption of micro-credentials.

November 16, 2015

Exponential Technology: Everything is Closer Than it Appears

Exponential technologies have created eight opportunities for operators, Edupreneurs, and investors. Taking full advantage of these eight opportunities requires an improved learning infrastructure, a combination of industry standards, new state policies, and a few new tools.

October 05, 2015

Where the OECD Ed-Tech Report Missed the Mark

The recent OECD report reviewed results in developed countries and attempted inferences regarding the use of what they call information computer technology. It resulted in kneejerk headlines like, "don't bother buying computers for schools." Here is what the report says that the news didn't report.

September 28, 2015

Innovative Blend Could be the Spark for South Africa

Located in between what a local school head called "up market apartments" in a converted five story office building in Johannesburg, SPARK Ferndale is an attractive and inviting facility on a tiny lot where every square meter is utilized. The first of four SPARK Schools serves 529 K-4 students in a flexible, blended model. Director of School Design Bailey Thomson was a Teach for America teacher at the original Rocketship school.

July 22, 2015

How to Innovate: Combine New Tools & New Schools

New schools development has been the most important K-12 innovation in the last 20 years. In the last five years, the most important development has been new tools. So, how can we evaluate this progress? In this blog we compare recent technology development against school model development.

June 22, 2015

Students Deserve Take Home Tech

Despite schools with classrooms full of technology, many students don't have computers or connectivity at home. Given the opportunity to extend and personalize learning, there is simply no excuse for not providing take home tech, at least for students that don't have access at home. We've known the answer to this question for nearly 20 years, it's take home technology.

January 28, 2015

How Learning Will Work in the Near Future: 12 Features of Next-Gen Platforms

Learning platforms will be foundational to the development and adoption of next-gen learning. Following are core elements of next-gen platforms, how platforms can develop into ecosystems, and investment mechanisms, and example initiatives for philanthropists who want to accelerate progress.

January 05, 2015

Experiencing Success at Work: High School Internships

There's no better way to earn job skills than on the job. A summary of notable high school internship programs, and given growing interest in high paying manufacturing jobs, a sample of pathway and internship programs in manufacturing.

December 15, 2014

Betting on a Better Counseling Approach for College and Careers

Low-income students deserve new solutions that empower them as informed consumers of postsecondary education and training options. There's tremendous potential for ed tech to help opportunity youth and other low-income learners make more informed decisions about postsecondary and career pathways.

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