Government Study of Online Learning Revisited

Below are my notes from a DOE commissioned meta-study of the effects that online and blended learning have on student learning. This study was published in 2009 and is frequently referenced in the edtech community as evidence that there is value added in moving instruction out of the classroom and into the cloud. As the […]

Blended Learning, Merit Pay, and My Wife

I am ready to jump in. For fifteen years I have been employing educational technologies in my high school science classes to increase student engagement and improve student performance. I have documented increases in both of these with my most recent foray into Peer Instruction with clickers over the last three years. Before that I […]

Ca Student Bill of Rights Act – Friend or Foe to Public Education?

This topic will probably get more action from me in coming months. This post will be a quick informational one to start a conversation so that I can get more information. The California Student Bill of Rights Initiative (link to .pdf of initiative text) seeks to allow students anywhere in California access to UC approved […]

Beginning of end for ETS? Notes from the SF EduTech @Meetup #EdTech #k12

One thing is for sure.  There will be no dearth of choices for adaptive learning math-in-the-box tools.  This was my fourth SF EdTech Meetup, and included my 13th, 14th, and 15th encounters, respectively, with young, bright-eyed founders developing cloud-based learning environments for basic math instruction.  Why wouldn’t they do this?  Math instruction, at the lower […]

Who Does Online Education Serve?

Another data point (well, 23 data points actually) to confirm my suspicion that online education in high school is being used primarily for at-risk students. The International Association for K-12 Online Learning – INACOL – published the results of a recent study of their membership. The study was a survey that asked technology coordinators how […]

When is a Game Really a Game?

This interesting blog post by Aneesh Bhat identifies both what will make game based learning both a game and learning. Aneesh cites research that is consistent with my experience as a teacher, indicating that if there is a way to win the game without having to learn the intended material, then that is what the […]

Market Sustainability Depends on Teacher Commitment

HS teachers are keenly aware of the value or distraction provided by technology in the classroom. You might sell a district’s leadership on the idea that something will increase student engagement, like interactive whiteboards, or decrease operating expenses, like online professional development videos, but if the teachers can’t find the added value, good luck with […]