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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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Here are some cross-pollinated ideas from White Trash The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg The Color of Law, A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein Inadequate Equilibria, Where and How... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at PILOTed
FETC 2018 is in the books. For me, the conference started with the EduTechGuys interviewing me about game-based learning at FETC. This was the first year FETC had a separate pavilion dedicated to education games. It was so popular it’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at PILOTed
With some help from the kind people of FETC, here are the sessions on game-based learning at FETC this year. Please pass this on to whomever you know is interested in GBL. Also, don't forget to visit the Game-Based Learning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at PILOTed
This past December, we went on a Friendly Planet cruise to Cuba. The cruise included lectures on Cuban history and culture, and visits to Santiago de Cuba, Havana, and Cienfuegos. It was fascinating. The average Cuban earns about $50 a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at PILOTed
What should every principal be doing to make schools more effective at preparing every child for adulthood? The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, part of North Carolina State University, lays out an 8 step plan. The Friday Institute works with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at PILOTed
I had a very thought-provoking conversation with Colin Brown of Skoolbo last Friday. Skoolbo is a free resource for teachers, parents, and kids worldwide that contains short learning games. They are used by over 50,000 schools (about 300,000 students ages... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at PILOTed
A summary of the Education Business Forum I have to congratulate co-chairs Robin Warner and Mitch Weisburgh (wait, that’s me, am I allowed to congratulate myself?) for putting together the best group of speakers ever at the SIIA’s Education Business... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at PILOTed
I know I wasn’t the oldest person at Slush, because Al Gore was there and he’s 69 years old. But I was probably 35 years older than the median of the 20,000 tech heads from 130 countries attending the world’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at PILOTed
Does this sound like the types of citizens you want to cultivate in the next generation? Personal Responsibility: developing a sense of self-accountability in matters of finance, ethical and moral boundaries, personal health and fitness, and all relationships. Global Citizenship:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at PILOTed
In education, we already have a wall, one that keeps education technology from unleashing student learning. Education Technology Directors at the state level are working to eliminate the wall, both within their own states and cooperatively with other directors to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at PILOTed
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 Oct 18, 2017 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