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August 31, 2012

Khan Critiques: We Were Promised Jetpacks & Got Lectures

It's incredibly important to engage this question of whether or not Khan Academy constitutes a revolution in math education

August 29, 2012

What if Khan Academy was Made in Japan?: #MTT2K Grand Prize

Announcing the winners of the #MTT2K Contest!

August 19, 2012

High School Senior Makes Twitter a Contagion for Kindness

The Internet amplifies. Sometimes it amplifies the worst of human nature, and sometimes it amplifies the best.

August 15, 2012

Should Khan Academy CS be the Model for Khan Academy Maths?

How could Khan Academy's maths platform take on more of the characteristics of the new CS platform?

June 26, 2012

Teresa Sullivan is my President

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.

June 07, 2012

Roundup of a few Things I'm Reading

A few links to things I'm reading.

June 05, 2012

How Many Decades until we Understand Digital Media and Children's Well-being?

Ian Quillen has blogged recently about very, very preliminary research on the psychological impact of digital media. His post reminds me of one of my favorite set of facts: The first television station in the U.S. began broadcasting in the 1920s. The first regular commercial broadcasting in the U.S. began in the 1940s. The first recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics for television viewing were published in 1984.

May 30, 2012

Blaming the Poor as Framing a New Digital Divide

It's remarkable that in 2012 you can wake up in the morning and see a front page article in the New York Times depicting various young black men as "freaks" who "throw tantrums" and "do the first negative thing he can find" with computers. #notapostracialsocietyyet

May 25, 2012

Can Students Learn Faster Online?

Yesterday, I was on WBUR's RadioBoston with Matthew Chingos, discussing his new study about online learning in higher education. Matt's study involved recruiting several hundred Introductory Statistics students at several college campuses who were willing to be randomly assigned to either a regular class or a hybrid online class. In the hybrid online class, students took an online version of Intro Statistics mediated entirely by a computer, with online readings, quizzes, activities and so forth. They also met once a week for a discussion section to answer questions.

May 17, 2012

Persistence and Gaming in Education

For gamers of a certain age, the blocky pixels of the 8-bit Nintendo era bring back fond memories. In our own time, educators are fascinated by the learning potential of games: the way they engage us, challenge us, and test us. They teach, in compelling ways, all kinds of lessons, both pro- and an...

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