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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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If kids had more grit, if they persevered and just tried harder, then they would all succeed. That assumption is probably one of the ten most harmful beliefs we can have if we want to help students. Let’s look at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at PILOTed
BMO's Back to School Conference is always one of my favorite places to hear about potential disruptions, new trends, and investment information in education. This year did not disappoint. There are 5300 colleges and universities in the US; 20% of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at PILOTed
This is from a session at the Serious Play Conference led by Andrew Gassen. Andrew coaches executives and entrepreneurs to achieve their desired outcomes. Agent know it all Attributes: you’re really smart and you can solve all of these hard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at PILOTed
This blog post is guest written by Dr. Claudie-Santi F. Fernandes, Associate Director play2PREVEVENT Lab, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and John Joy, Advanced Producer at Schell Games What would we tell ourselves 6 months ago? It is... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at PILOTed
123-345 One Every piece you write should have one point. Whether you are trying to persuade, sell, instruct, or entertain, what is the one thing you want people to get? Two The human brain is designed to make choices from... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at PILOTed
Foto from Art Poskanzer, Flickr What do you think when you see these pictures of old classrooms, with the chairs aligned in rows, and some phrase like, “every sector of society has changed dramatically since the 19th century except one,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at PILOTed
I just finished a week in Niger teaching African Development Universalis (ADU) students “Sensemaking, Problem Solving, and Achieving Success” This was one of the most rewarding weeks of my life. I got to spend 4 days with sixty 21-23 year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at PILOTed
The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine have released How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures. This is a 350 page report based on decades of research. Below are, word for word, four (out of a total of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at PILOTed
Most of us in the northern hemisphere have had enough slush this year, but Slush may be another story. Slush is a worldwide series of technology conferences where 20,000 technologists, executives, and entrepreneurs share their knowledge on how to make... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at PILOTed
This week was the Education Business Forum in NY, the conference where we learn about how to run and grow an education technology business. There were sessions on funding, investing, marketing, selling, hiring and managing, and transforming businesses. Here is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at PILOTed
Mark thank you. You are a wise person.
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Just finished two days with state education technology directors at the SETDA Fall Leadership Summit in Arlington, VA. Probably the most important take-away from the meeting is what is happening at the FCC. First, schools and libraries receive about $2.5Billion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at PILOTed
A few weeks ago, I published a post based on Jonah Sachs's book Unsafe Thinking: Can You Know Too Much? Here are some more tidbits on stress, motivation, and flow. Stress Stress, or fear, focuses us. When we experience stress,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at PILOTed
We are increasingly calling for teaching design in schools. Why is design important? McKinsey Consulting recently reported that companies with good design processes (top quartile) outperformed their industry by about 2:1: higher revenue growth, larger return to stockholders, and better... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at PILOTed
When you introduce technology into the classroom, and hold learning content, instructional practice, assessment experiences, and professional development constant, you actually hold back learning; students learn less in one year than they learned without the technology. This has been reported... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at PILOTed
Why did Donald Trump Stress the Importance of Building a Wall on the Mexican Border? If you’re on the left, could it be because he is racist or is catering to racists? If you’re on the right, might it be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at PILOTed
What if what we (think we) know is wrong? For example. We know that when people know how to evaluate news sources they are less likely to fall prey to fake news and false images. So we educate students how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at PILOTed
How would you prepare if you knew you were going to embark on the most important project or task of your life; but you had no idea what it was, what skills or knowledge you need, the specific fields of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at PILOTed
How can we avoid a future of technology advancement leading to rising inequality, mass unemployment, and talent shortages? How do we move toward technology advancement leading to an age of good work, good jobs, and improved quality of life for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at PILOTed
I've (finally) finished Phenomenal Learning from Finland by Kirsti Lonka, and have to say it's on my list as a must-read book for anyone wanting to model their education practice around the best in the world. The last chapter features... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at PILOTed
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
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
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
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
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