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April 16, 2012

"Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes"

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 ...

April 13, 2012

Education's Journey Into Space

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 cr...

April 12, 2012

Riders on the Storm

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 entrepren...

April 11, 2012

The Devil Went Down to the Details

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 sh...

April 10, 2012

There Ain't No Such Thing as Halfway Crooks

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 fantasti...

April 09, 2012

Welcome to the Silicon Bayou

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,...

April 06, 2012

Urban Ed: Lots of Problems, Not a Lot of Solutions

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...

April 05, 2012

This Time Everything Is Different. No, Really...We Have Data This Time

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 differe...

April 04, 2012

Why is the U.S. Prioritizing Minimum Competency?

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 minim...

April 03, 2012

Don't Throw NCLB Waivers Out with the Bathwater

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 anal...

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