April 2012

Social media and video games in classrooms can yield valuable data for teachers

Social media, video games, blogs and wikis are playing increasingly important roles in classrooms across the country. Some worry that incorporating more social media and other technologies into education is leading to too much computer time, as well as to a generation of students deficient in the face-to-face social skills needed to survive in the […]


Education innovation heats up in the desert

The ASU Skysong Education Innovation Summit has become the can’t-miss education innovation event of the year in just the three years since it was founded—and this year came as close to living up to the hype as anything could (full disclosure: I am a member of the advisory board). Held at Arizona State University’s Skysong campus from April 16 to April […]


Moms don’t feel lots of guilt over screen time with iPad and other touch screens

Many parents pacify their children with a computer game while getting dressed, taking a phone call or riding the bus. But I would have guessed they’d feel guilty about it. A new study, released on April 17th by the Ruckus Media Group at the Sandbox Summit at MIT, found quite the opposite. In a survey […]


Yes, University of Phoenix is disruptive; no, that doesn’t make it the end-all

Many of my friends in the education world are fond of talking about how the University of Phoenix is not in fact a disruptive innovation. They don’t just stop this statement with the University of Phoenix of course. I’m using the University of Phoenix as shorthand. What they mean are many of the distinctly online universities that […]


How machine-based tutoring could disrupt human tutors

Back in January, my friend Bror Saxberg, chief learning officer of Kaplan, published an eye-popping blog about a meta-analysis that Kurt VanLehn published recently about nearly 100 well-constructed papers about computers used to tutor learners. A couple of headlines from the meta-analysis are worth spotlighting here. First, the work shines some questions on Benjamin Bloom’s analysis from a couple decades […]