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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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How do we give every student dignity when we conduct live online classes with them? Each time we videoconference with a student we are inviting ourselves into their homes. What are our reactions and how do we think students and... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at PILOTed
These are ideas curated from a survey and interviews with educators and administrators about what are the likely ramifications of the Coronavirus shutdown on education starting in the 2020-21 school year. First let’s go through some of the obstacles schools... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at PILOTed
It’s April, 2020. How are you feeling about education right now? Stressed? How are you preparing for next school year? It might be hard to plan for next August and September when you are trying to take care of your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at PILOTed
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In an unprecedented transformation, almost 2/3 of all school children are home instead of in school, many for more than a month. In most cases, teachers will continue teaching, using online tools. Expect a disaster. Many students are going to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at PILOTed
If every time you disagree with someone or offer someone criticism, they take it and change, you don’t need to read the rest of this blog post. Thomas S. Critchfield offers ten rules for changing others’ behavior and getting better... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at PILOTed
The media has always filtered and distorted information. Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, cable news, news sites, social media, have never been impartial observers and reporters of all that’s happening locally and in the world. But something seems to have shifted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at PILOTed
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Let’s say you and I are working on something, but we are starting to get distracted because we are both very thirsty. I have a glass that is half filled with water, not enough to quench either of our thirst.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at PILOTed
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This last week I attended the New Hampshire Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference (CMTC) for the first time. The biggest highlight of the conference was the opportunity to attend Kathleen McClaskey’s session on personalizing learning. But before recapping what was so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at PILOTed
Let's start with three figures, an emoticon image, an image of a grown woman, and an image of a sheep, and put them together in the same frame. As you look at the three figures, what's the story? Here is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at PILOTed
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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 Oct 13, 2019 at PILOTed
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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