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December 18, 2012

Meekerpalooza 2012: How shifts in Internet usage will transform the education landscape

Let's take a look at the many ways that Internet trends in 2012 (as defined by the great Mary Meeker) may affect the K-12 landscape.

December 06, 2012

The SIIA ETBF: I laughed, I cried, I fell in love (with a few start-ups)

The SIIA Ed-Tech Business Forum featured presentations from a number of start-ups making moves in the learning community: let's take a look at the finalists!

December 02, 2012

Infographics: Because Tumblr Feeds are so 2010

Infographics can be visually stimulating, powerfully succinct narratives. For Ed-Tech advocates in particular, this presents a great new medium to convey its thesis of the new world order.

November 28, 2012

Forget Romance: Teach Me Ruby!

There has been plenty of buzz of late about the need to teach computer programming in the classroom, and rightfully so. Where our schools are lagging, however, start-ups are picking up the slack.

November 24, 2012

In Praise of Sardoodledom

Words are the weapons we use to combat the forces of communication. Ed-tech can be a weapon to combat the forces of learning styles.

November 16, 2012

Unlocking Passion in Education

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life--shouldn't the same hold true for the learning process?

November 06, 2012

Vote for Somebody: Merging Tech & Citizenship

The most recent example of putting this mission into practice is "Vote for Somebody," a song by the fourth grade class at Harlem Prep Elementary. Built from the melody of Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song "Call Me Maybe" the song is a reminder to the country that our democratic process matters. "Vote for Somebody" has become a viral sensation gathering 300,000 hits on You Tube. What you see on the video is joy on the scholars' faces, that asking people to take the issues of tomorrow's election seriously can also be fun.

November 04, 2012

Scaling PD in a New Online World

Traditionally, professional development is heavily linked to teacher raises and/or benefits. Unfortunately, these online tools are not particularly traditional, and thusly do not as a free product yield the fruits of an established, in person (expensive) professional development provider. There is less incentive for the average teacher to test these interesting waters, and while they may not be the ultimate solution, they are undoubtedly shaping the path to true customizable, anytime PD solutions for our teachers. Doesn't it make perfect sense to give our teachers as much access to improvement as they could possibly want?

October 20, 2012

Liberating Big Data

Apparently standards for certifications in aircraft maintenance have not been updated recently: some of them still refer to wooden airframes. That was one of the things I learned at one of the Department of Education's DC to VC events (hosted by University Ventures).

October 19, 2012

Remember the Titans

I have been to a number of these tech meetups in New York City, as well as panels at EdTech conferences across the country, and this particular one was likely the most intelligent, informative, and thought-provoking discussion I have heard to date. Much of the discussion focused on the future of education, leveraging technology to scale, using data as feedback to shape learning paths (a topic that Mr. Ferreira in particular is fairly qualified to comment on), and the role that private industry plays in facilitating this monumental transition. Throughout the chat, I scribbled down some quotes I found particularly interesting.

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