September 13, 2014

The future of online learning isn’t about accessibility: it’s about taking what we already know works offline and combining it with what you can only do online to create the most engaging experience. We’re all still searching for the right formula, but the ingredients will be the same as they’ve always been: Learning through exploration, thoughtfully designed for the right behaviors, with great teachers providing support.

#reform #edutech

September 12, 2014


September 5, 2014

Gamification tends to treat learning as a structured system rather than an organic process. If we’re not careful, it becomes an online worksheet packet.

#games #learning

September 4, 2014

What’s missing is a narrative structure that places the student on a ‘journey,’ similar to what the best games do. The journey is to build mastery. The better way to gamify is to put students in an inquiry-based or project-based learning experience. Or give them a task in a narrative frame.

#games #learning

August 17, 2014


July 29, 2014

Facebook destroys the present moment, leaving us only with the metadata of experience; ultimately meaningless traces of what we now think looks like real experience. It does this by locking us in a room with ourselves, our self-consciousness, and throwing away the key.


July 23, 2014

We tend to look for the silver bullet—whether it’s the glories of the market or the techno-utopian aspirations of education technology—when in fact improving educational outcomes is a hard, messy, complicated process.

#reform #edutech

July 18, 2014

new, professionally developed standards deserve a chance to prove their worth, not be sacrificed in yet another campaign of political demonization


May 2, 2014

In the modern world, the state is a kind of souped up business. That’s why we’re all “taxpayers” instead of “citizens.” “Taxpayer” reframes policy outcomes as a kind of customer-loyalty perk.

#schools #rant

April 30, 2014

…writing cannot be judged like the answer to a math problem or GPS directions. The essence of writing, like all human communication, is not that it is true or false, correct or incorrect, but that it is an action, that it does something in the world.

#test #reform