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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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OECD just published Andreas Schleicher’s World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System which is free to read online or as downloadable PDF. There is a great chapter, Debunking some myths, which shows that the poor can do well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at PILOTed
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I’m reading a fascinating book, Unsafe Thinking by Jonah Sachs. The book advocates for us all to learn how to be nimble and bold. One thing that may hold us back is our existing knowledge. While it’s common sense that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at PILOTed
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I often get asked, what are you working on that’s exciting. Here are four products that can impassion kids and teachers. TeacherGaming We all know how kids love video games; even when they fail they persist and master the skills... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at PILOTed
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How did one fighter pilot win 45 dogfights, when losing means death? How did the US Airforce design fighter jets that were more effective than the opponents’ even though they were slower and had a poorer turning radius? What was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at PILOTed
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It seems just a few years ago that the role of IT in districts was Purchase and maintain equipment Say no to teacher requests The CoSN conference last week made clear that IT or Tech is specifically responsible for Privacy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at PILOTed
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A 4th grade black girl is talking to a white teacher: “I love your hair.” “Why thank you.” “It’s so nice and soft, mine’s really frizzy.” “Oh, yes, sometimes mine is frizzy, too.” Perfect example of an enlightened teacher showing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at PILOTed
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Daniel Pink's new book, When: the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, is all about determining the optimum time to act in order to reach goals and achieve results. Why is timing important? Well, in a series of studies, it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at PILOTed
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Did you ever want to learn how to modify your teaching to provide students with deep learning experiences, and were looking for guidance on how to do it through the use of EdTech tools such as video games? Then you’ll... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at PILOTed
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Oct 18, 2017 at PILOTed
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by guest blogger Ryan L. Schaaf This article first appeared at http://blog.amplify.com/digitalgames/learning-through-gameplay-0 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
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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
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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
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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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