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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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If you want to get an idea across, tell it in a story. Do you want to instruct? Sell? Convince? Entertain? Motivate? Call to action? We all know, tell it in a story. But, here’s the hard truth, as inimitably... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at PILOTed
by guest blogger Ryan L. Schaaf This article first appeared at During sporadic times in my life, I would have labeled myself a gamer. I started with the classic Atari 2600 in the early 1980’s (no old jokes, please).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at PILOTed
Martin Keck of Needham talked about 9 trends that most influence EdTech investors: The rise of the Private Equity firms, who see good potential returns in the education market, but whose entry also means increased focus on profits and cash... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at PILOTed
About the authors Karen Raugust has written for more than 50 magazines and other publications; authored and contributed to more than two dozen books and book-length reports; and provided editorial services to publishers, entrepreneurs, corporations, and nonprofit groups. Mitch Weisburgh... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at PILOTed
Can Behavioral Science teach us anything we can use to improve in our classes? Let’s see what we can learn from studies that the US Department of Labor undertook. Their conclusion: Behavioral insights involve the application of behavioral sciences, or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at PILOTed
I'm not sure we assumed that there is ONE game in the classroom. We ideally want kids to find things that engage them and use those things to learn. If we hope to do this in the current system, we have to make it easier for the teacher to teach this way than to teach other ways, and we also need to have a sustainable model to build and maintain the games.
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Great points. I don't think we are in disagreement. There is no current sustainable business model for selling games into schools, and it's been tried often. I'm hoping some of the newer companies finally succeed.
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Dalton, we are in 100% agreement. Thank you.
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The following is excerpted from Gerhard Molin’s The Role of the Teacher in Game-Based Learning: A Review and Outlook in the book Serious Games and Edutainment Applications Volume II. After the student, the teacher is the greatest (school) influence on... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at PILOTed
There were 3500 people at this year’s ASUGSV conference, most of whom were either looking to raise money, invest money, show off the money they’d raised, or feed off the companies who had raised money. This is really a conference... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at PILOTed
The following is an abbreviated and highly edited version of a fascinating interview with Trace Urdan. For over 16 years, Trace has followed the investible education sector from early childhood through corporate learning on behalf of private and public market... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at PILOTed
In most classroom activities, the high achieving students continually find success, often without much effort, while students who persist through their struggles just might reach levels that are good enough to pass. How can we get high achievers to strive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at PILOTed
I spent Friday, March 24, at the University of Helsinki where I attended training sessions for EdTech entrepreneurs and then a meet and greet with xEdu, the EdTech accelerator in Finland. xEdu provides these companies with business courses and coaching... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at PILOTed
Finland. Everyone knows Finnish students outperform students from every other nation on the globe. Finland is the Holy Grail of education. The top of the top. And I got to visit two Finnish elementary schools this week and talk to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at PILOTed
Yesterday, in an ASUGSV preconference webinar, Michael Moe, Lauri Järvilehto, Marja Konttinen, and Tom Kalinske discussed how education around the world is at an inflection point, and what we can expect. Games have always been engaging and instructional. A game... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at PILOTed
Endorphins make us happy. Endorphins are opiate like molecules that are produced at neural synapses. They produce a euphoria and sedation, and increase the pain threshold. They are known as the happiness hormone. We naturally increase endorphins when we achieve... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at PILOTed
Fake news, character assassination, and logical fallacies have gotten us where we are today. Can we at least agree that we will train our students to make more cogent arguments than those we have witnessed regarding political issues and actions?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at PILOTed
Over 11,000 people learning about teaching and technology together, that was FETC 2017. Here are some tidbits from some of the presentations I attended: Eric Sheninger: If your school is like a jail, what type of future do you think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at PILOTed
What’s driving entrepreneurship in Education? Keynote, Victor Hu, Managing Director & Global Head of Education, Goldman Sachs There is more entrepreneurial activity in all areas of education, and annual dollars investmented in education companies are about 5 times higher than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at PILOTed
By Mitch Weisburgh and Angela Maiers Note, this originally appeared in a shorter form on the TES Blog. Why do over 500,000 people follow Seth Godin on Twitter, read his blog, attend his courses, and buy his books? Because Seth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at PILOTed
Fascinating article on successful school reform, The One Type of Leader Who Can Turn Around a Failing School in Harvard Business Review. The authors define five types of individuals who lead school turnaround efforts: Surgeons make quick decisions, direct resources... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at PILOTed
Hey! Please no squeeza da banana! Because when-a you do dat, Den-a you make her flat…. So please no squeeza da banana! If you squeeza, Officer, please, Squeeza da coconut! I used to love going to Pop pop’s house, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at PILOTed
SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants are a way for businesses with fewer than 500 employees to fund development and testing without giving up any equity. Total amounts granted are generally in the $750,000 to $1,250,000 range, and the two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at PILOTed
Interview conducted by: Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor, CEOCFO Magazine, Published October 31, 2016 CEOCFO: Mr. Weisburgh, would you tell us the vision when you started Academic Business Advisors back in 2005? Mr. Weisburgh: In 2002 I was looking at education... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at PILOTed
There is a certain distrust most educators have for-profit companies. I know many people who lead or work for those companies, and the vast majority of them subscribe to the same principle I do: “No one goes into education to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at PILOTed