Note: Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, is guest-posting this week. When your kids make you watch "Star Wars: Episode III" for the 29th time, your attention can't help but wander, and the characters start to seem like they're talking to you. During a recent viewing, it occurred to me that Obi-Wan's attempt to warn Annakin away from the dark side--"Only a Sith deals in absolutes"--perfectly describes my frustration with the dichotomous thinking that has come to characterize the conversation on education research and policy. Here's a prime ...


Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. Evidently it's easier to send people to space than it is to fix education reform. At the 2012 SXSW Interactive Conference, Peter Diamandis, CEO of the X Prize Foundation, announced that he was looking to create an X Prize for Education. The X Prize Foundation creates and manages large-scale, high profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. Diamandis is most famous for his Asari X prize, which awarded a $10 million prize ...


Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. So I casually mentioned the entrepreneur's tension between confidence and hubris in yesterday's post. It is not a tension to be taken lightly, as it is an important factor in our success as ed tech entrepreneurs. From day one of existence entrepreneurs are navigating stormy weather. Funders will tell you your idea sucks. Co-founders and employees will screw you. Policymakers will ignore you. And researchers will throw their best practices garbage at you. Confidence will get you through that storm--to be confident is ...


Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. First let's welcome Stew Stout from Kickboard back to the table--he's helped me with this post. Ed tech entrepreneurs need to work with teachers and school leaders to understand their needs. This is what should happen. The bigger question is how ed tech entrepreneurs work with teachers and school leaders, because it certainly is not easy. We can hopefully all agree (yes, that means you too, policy wonks) that the process of getting fully functional tools into the hands of teachers is beyond ...


Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. There's no better way to title a post about ed tech than a quote from one of the most underrated hip hop groups of all time, Mobb Deep. I promise it's relevant. Last week a friend forwarded me a fantastic article commenting on the use of technology in education. As I read it, I found myself quickly developing "aggressive head-nodding syndrome." In particular, this section, referencing a report from the Ford Foundation, struck me: ... [there are] gaps between what Federal and state funds ...


Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. First of all, thanks to Rick for letting me blog in his absence. I'd also like to thank his readers for allowing me to hopefully entertain and inspire them with my musings over the next five days. Finally, I'd like to thank Stew Stout, the Marketing and Outreach Manager at Kickboard. Stew and I have worked together on this post, so when I say "we" know that I'm not just referring to an imaginary friend. A tip of the cap is due to ...


Note: Jonathan Plucker, a professor at Indiana University and the director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, is guest-posting this week. I appreciate having the opportunity to pinch-hit for Rick this week, and thank you to everyone who sent comments and feedback during the week. As we head into the weekend, I thought we'd take a lighter approach and look more closely at a recent book on urban education. If you're anything like me, you have no shortage of books piling up on your desk about America's urban school problems. They seem to cluster into two broad categories: ...


Note: Jonathan Plucker, a professor at Indiana University and the director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, is guest-posting this week. I was recently interviewed for a story on ability grouping in Ohio by a reporter, Charlie Boss. We got into an involved discussion on the difference between tracking and grouping. I recycled a line from a recent talk: "The distinction is pretty easy. Tracking is evil. Grouping is good." And I do see it as being that straightforward. Tracking is the systematic grouping of children by some demographic variable (economic status, gender, but more often than not, ...


Note: Jonathan Plucker, a professor at Indiana University and the director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, is guest-posting this week. When historians discuss early 21st century American education, I'm convinced they will pinpoint our decision to focus almost exclusively on minimum competency as an educational and economic turning point. And by "turning point," I mean that they will ask, "What on earth were they thinking?" Let me be clear: I'm not saying that getting every third grader to at least a third grade reading level is unimportant. To the contrary, getting 100% of our students to minimal ...


Note: Jonathan Plucker, a professor at Indiana University and the director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, is guest-posting this week. As a policy researcher who moonlights as a psychologist, my perspective is often quite different from other education policy researchers and analysts. This policy/psychology perspective is admittedly unique, but it does give me a different angle on policy from time to time. This was starkly apparent as I monitored reactions to the NCLB/ESEA waiver process. The process has been the subject of much eye-rolling and consternation, but I worry that people have been too quick ...


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