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December 19, 2013

Four Frighteningly Ambitious Education Experiments for 2014

I am a big fan of Paul Graham's writing, especially his list of frighteningly ambitious startup ideas - big problems that will take incredible persistence to tackle. With that in mind, here are some experiments I'd like to see someone try in education next year. I think we'd learn a lot about how to make frighteningly better schools.

November 22, 2013

A Maker Makeover for Public Education

John Dewey is alive and well on the southern shore of Lake Erie. You can hear his influence loud and clear in a handful of inspired teachers ready to make change at Lakewood High School in west Cleveland. They won a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant and intend to open a Maker Space in the next year or two that will eventually educate 400 high school students.

November 05, 2012

DIY: Amplify Your Impact With Social Media

You can extend your impact with social media. Schools, districts, networks, nonprofits, providers and startups, can leverage social media to efficiently communicate, effectively build brand awareness, and gathering feedback on customer experience.

September 24, 2012

DIY: Sweat Equity Brand Building

It has never been easier and cheaper to build brand equity--a favorable impression with an audience that matters to you. Sure, it's noisy out there, but with a little sweat equity you can build support for your school, project, or product.

September 17, 2012

DIY, Incubate or Accelerate?

Matt Candler is growing people that are growing educational solutions. His New Orleans-based incubator, 4.0 Schools, is based on a process that most organizations start as an idea and go through a five-stage process: itch-->hunch-->test-->launch-->scale.

September 10, 2012

DIY: Hiring Coders & Developers

"Coders are tough to find since nearly every industry is looking for them and they are also able to start their own company," said Alan Louie, the founder of the edtech incubator ImagineK12. He continued, "There's no magic bullet to finding them. It's old-fashioned networking based on sharing your exciting idea that will change the world through education. Current employees, meet-ups, startup-weekends, friends and family, ex-coworkers, industry friends are all people to tap."

September 03, 2012

DIY: How to Build Buzz For Your Beta

You've got a great idea. Coders are turning it into reality--at least an early version. You're about ready to release a beta version of your new learning application. How do you create buzz that promotes rapid adoption? We asked some experts.

August 27, 2012

DIY: Management Chops

I visited schools and edtech startups in the Bay Area Friday. As my partner and I reflected on what we liked about the two companies we visited, he said, "That young CEOs has real mangement chops." I knew immediately what he meant about the combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

August 20, 2012

DIY: 7 Business Basics High School Grads Should Know

In case you had other things on your mind in college and missed accounting and finance, there are seven important concepts you need to know to build and lead an organization. All of these apply regardless of your tax status.

August 13, 2012

DIY: Building a Team

Recently, folks at the Pearson Foundation asked me to write about "Five Things I've Learned About Startups" and I listed building a great team as a key to success. Whether launching a startup or leading a school district change initiative, building a team is important but difficult work. As I noted, "When you get the talent, trust and focus right, the results are extraordinary."

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