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May 07, 2012

Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey

Last week, I proposed a 2x2 framework summarizing the field of education technology, which asked two questions 1) Are you trying to make a billion dollars? And 2) Do you believe education can be delivered? From these two questions, we get three categories for all ed tech ventures: Market, Open, and Dewey. Given all the hub-bub about Massive Open Online Courses last week, I thought I would take a moment to put the MOOCs into this Market/Open/Dewey framework.

April 25, 2012

Wendell Berry Summarizes Technology and Education Reform

Wendell Berry sums up my position on the role of technology in K-12 education reform. My read of the history of U.S. education is that no new gadget or Web page is going to change practice at scale. If we want things to be different, it will be a long, slow process of working with 3.2 million teachers in 14,000 districts. Plan for that.

April 25, 2012

What Do We Mean by "Good Learning" for Games and Apps?

The most fun and rewarding thing to do with Common Sense Media's new Learning Ratings for Apps and Games is to challenge them. As with any rating system, the ratings themselves are useful, but the real learning starts when young people (or people of all ages) start talking critically about the ratings.(I introduced the basics of Common Sense Media's Learning Ratings in Monday's post.)

April 23, 2012

Common Sense Media Launches Learning Ratings for Apps and Games

One of the key problems with educational media is that there are no objective, neutral arbiters who are evaluating apps, games, and Web sites to determine whether or not these media offer meaningful learning experiences. As a result, developers have an incentive to focus on making their products "appear" educational rather than focusing on actually making them meaningful learning experiences. There is no external review for developers making any kinds of claims about their products.

April 19, 2012

Helping Students Decode Kony 2012

Yesterday I was on Radio Boston, a news show produced by WBUR, talking about education, social media, media literacy and Kony 2012. My main point is that the Kony campaign is incredibly persuasive not just as a video but as a powerful narrative situated in a hyperlinked environment with very accessible opportunities for action.The sophistication of the campaign raises the bar for the kinds of Media Literacy skills that students need.

April 19, 2012

Three Great Free Online Events in the Next 30 Hours

There are three great media events coming up in the next 30 hours.

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