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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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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
There are at least two conditions necessary to fill a bucket with water. You have to put water into it, and the bucket can’t leak. Similarly, we can’t just feed academic content to students and expect them to succeed; behavioral... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at PILOTed
This article is jointly written by Bridget Foster and Mitch Weisburgh. In addition to being the most populous state, California is often a bellwether for education change. This is the first year of California’s current ELA adoption. What can we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at PILOTed
Student Data Privacy is a priority issue in education. States have introduced 410 privacy bills since 2013, 36 states have passed 71 bills into law, and federal bills are being introduced to change FERPA along with new privacy provisions in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at PILOTed
Most of you who are reading this are in education, and most are in the US. We are preparing the next generation to take roles in the US culture, society, and workplace. And to participate in the workplace, there have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at PILOTed
Twenty years ago, we all accepted that the US had the best education system in the world. But that changed about ten years ago, when we started paying attention to international reports on student outcomes. But at least we knew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at PILOTed
What to expect in policy over the next 12 months Both candidates have been strong supports of charter schools, and both have shown broad support for reducing the burden of student loans. Trump is strongly anti-union. Clinton is likely to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at PILOTed
SpeakUp's latest report is From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations with K-12 education. They report that 84% of school principals believe that effective use of technology within instruction is important for student success, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at PILOTed
If you’re like most EdTech businesses, you need to be the best, and you need to close business. Which means you’re probably primarily focused on product, and secondarily on sales. Right? We’ve written before on Why aren’t more Edtech products... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at PILOTed
How would you even know? Here is a primer, whether you are a teacher, administrator, or service provider. The goal is to protect student information, student records and student-generated content from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure based on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at PILOTed
On August 24 (my birthday, by the way) First Lady Michelle Obama announced ThinkZone Games as the grand prize winner in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge! ThinkZone Games will receive $100,000 and additional sponsor prizes valued at $300,000 for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at PILOTed
Macys just recently announced that they are closing 100 of their 700 stores. Some background: Consumer spending is not down, just spending at traditional retail stores More people are buying online, where Amazon accounts for 2/3 of all Internet retail... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at PILOTed