Socrates Was Wrong

(Originally posted on the Cooperative Catalyst) Socrates was wrong? I don’t believe that necessarily, but read on and you’ll see why I wrote it (on top of shooting for a subject line controversial enough to increase the open rate of my post 🙂 I attended a workshop this summer at the Right Question Institute in Boston. WeContinue reading “Socrates Was Wrong”

Technology and the Future of Education

Why has it been so hard to ‘get technology in the classroom” for the last 40 years? Because it’s a round peg in a square hole. Technology is of a different world, where information is free-flowing and flat and wide, liquid networks prevail; where inquiry can always find fuel and sustenance at the moment ofContinue reading “Technology and the Future of Education”

How do we innovate in education?

This is a pretty important point, given that education seems to be the slowest field to innovate. Or more accurately, schools seem to be inordinately slow at innovating their cultures and structures to adjust to what we know about teaching and learning . To help answer that question, albeit in very general terms,  I offerContinue reading “How do we innovate in education?”

eTextBook Review: MBS Direct Digital

This is a followup to my recent posts relating to digital textbooks, Apple iBooks for eTextBooks- getting there? and EdTech Policy – Drinking the Kool-aid? I recently attended a live demo  of MBS Direct’s Direct Digital solution, in which I and several colleagues (teachers and techies) got to Q&A a top developer on the currentContinue reading “eTextBook Review: MBS Direct Digital”

EdTech Policy – Drinking the Kool-aid?

Every student should have an iPad with textbooks in iBook form! Oh, really….? (See more on iPads and eTexts in this blog in: Apple iBooks for eTextBooks- getting there? In Michael Hiltzik’s recent piece in the L.A. Times, Who really benefits from putting high-tech gadgets in classrooms?, an important question is raised (the Times answers thisContinue reading “EdTech Policy – Drinking the Kool-aid?”

Apple iBooks for eTextBooks- getting there?

OK, so Apple launched its new authoring platform for iBooks which is supposed to revolutionize eTextBooks. I’m not sure the revolution is fully realized yet, but this would appear to move us in the right direction. We might be at or near step two of three in the near-term evolution of eTextBooks, which I seeContinue reading “Apple iBooks for eTextBooks- getting there?”

Schools – Public, Private, Independent, Charter

Just a quick thought on the terminology used to differentiate school types. Also called “keywords” in the SEO industry, I’ve bumped up against these distinctions many times in recent years in helping schools determine what words people are using to search for schools on the Internet. Until recently, it seems we had a pretty clearContinue reading “Schools – Public, Private, Independent, Charter”

Schools and Change – Do We Adapt or Do We React?

A recent post by Clay Shirky – Institutions, Confidence, and the News Crisis – got me thinking about schools as institutions, and how they handle change. Here’s a quote form the post: “The ability of institutions to adapt slowly while preserving continuity of mission and process is exactly what lets them last longer than aContinue reading “Schools and Change – Do We Adapt or Do We React?”