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Mitch Weisburgh
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2018 on More Unsafe Thinking at PILOTed
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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
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
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
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
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