Affiliated with the University of California's systemwide
Humanities Research Institute
The MacArthur Foundation
- Pasi Sahlberg
A truly successful education system has students of all socio-economic backgrounds scoring highly on PISA tests
When PISA results were first presented 12 years ago, the participating countries were excited to see how their school systems perform compared to one another. Now the launch of the fifth PISA results is accompanied by more criticism than before due to the issues with cross-country comparisons and the dominant role that PISA plays in determining priorities for national education polici... show all text
- Eric Sheninger
This post is the third in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014. Currently there is a pre-publication discount of 15% for any orders before this date. Over the next couple of weeks I will introduce what I have come to identify as the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a conceptual framework for leaders to begin thinking about changes to professio... show all text
Andy Carvin (@acarvin)12/1/13 8:11 AMLove, love, LOVE this. Congrats to the @planetmoney team! RT @planetmoney The T-shirt project is live! planetmoney.com/shirt #seedtoshirt
Michael Doyle (@BHS_Doyle)12/1/13 6:13 PM@edrethink Too many fight global injustice while stepping over the invisible local
Sixty-nine percent of women and 50 percent of men in Pakistan cannot read or write according to Alif Ailaan (A for announcement), an alliance for education reform leading a communication campaign in the country. Only 67 percent of Pakistani girls and 81 per cent of boys go to primary school,...
One of my reasons for becoming active on Social Media was to engage people of influence in the discussion of education. I soon found out that there were several circles of influence that were driving the discussion, but educators had very little influence in any of those circles and Social Media had even less influence […]
Education Hardware Upgrades
MakerBot announced its MakerBot Academy. Its mission: “to put a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer in every school in America.” MakerBot is working with DonorsChoose.org to help teachers fundraise for their MakerBot bundle.
Google launched its Google Play for Education program this week: Android tablets and an app store for schools. My review is here.
Education Hardware Recalls and Delays
The Chromebook 11 (made by HP) has been pulled from stores due to a problem with chargers overheating. (I have to imagine that Amplify is breathing a sigh of relief here.)
The Los Angeles Board of Education agreed to continue, but scale back, its troubled iPad rollout this week. Included in the changes to the plan, an assessment of how tablets affect student achievement. More details via The LA Times.
Miami-Dade School District is delaying its massive, $63 million 1:1 technology rollout. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said that events elsewhere (in Los Angeles, no doubt) prompted the district to move more slowly.
Udacity announced this week that it’s launching a “Data Science and Big Data Track,” partnering with Hadoop provider Cloudera for the curriculum.
That news was well-timed with a Fast Company profile of Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun that suggests the company is pivoting, away from higher ed disruption and to more of this corporate-sponsored tech training. My thoughts. George Siemens’ thoughts. Rolin Moe’s thoughts. Mike Caulfield's thoughts. Martin Weller’s thoughts. Bonnie Stewart’s thoughts. (You get the picture.)
But hey. You can now show off your MOOC certificates on LinkedIn. So that changes everything.
Other Online Edu Efforts
Carnegie Mellon University has created a Global Learning Council to “spearhead efforts to develop standards and promote best practices in online education.” Council members include edX's Anant Agarwal and Coursera's Daphne Koller. “Global,” but with US representatives only, seeking to identify “best practices,” because nobody out there already does that.