October 2013

Apple has 94% of the classroom tablet market–Why that’s a scary stat

“Apple is making substantial contributions to society,” by “reinventing education,” CEO Tim Cook said during Monday’s quarterly earnings call. Celebrating their “highest September quarter revenue ever,” and their “best education quarter ever,” Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer highlighted global education more than any other growth market for the iPad specifically. Here are some of the examples […]


65% of low-income kids have used a mobile device

A new report out yesterday from Common Sense Media has some key takeaways for those interested in children’s changing use of electronic media both for educational and other purposes. Screen time is down. Focusing on the youngest children, zero to eight, the report found a significant downtick in the cumulative use of all electronic media, […]


Three student successes with iPads

  The last time I wrote about iPads in the classroom, it was about a school district doing almost everything wrong. Today I talked to a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools who has a 180 degree view. When the iPad first came out in 2010,  Jennie Magiera made fun of her friends for buying […]


An automatic boredom detector? Inside “educational data mining” research

I’m currently working on a book about the past, present and future of assessment. For the “future” bit I get to talk to researchers like Ryan Baker at Columbia. He’s spent the last ten years working on systems that gather evidence about crucial parts of the learning process that would seem to be beyond the ken of […]


Blended Learning: The MOOC

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media It’s a good season to learn about the use of technology in the classroom. Canvas, a learning management system-cum-MOOC platform, is running a MOOC on “digital tools for the K-12 classroom.” Simultaneously, Coursera is offering a MOOC for educators  at all levels on blended learning starting this week. The […]


Comcast Internet Essentials for low-income families doesn’t include wi-fi

  Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Updated For the past 15 years, Phil Shapiro has been taking donations of computers and setting them up for families that need them. He wrote to alert me of an issue he discovered recently when helping an Ethiopian immigrant family in Takoma Park, MD. In its first 23 months, Internet Essentials has […]


Diane Ravitch’s “Error” on Technology in Schools

Thanks, everyone for your thoughtful responses and comments on part one of my review, linked here. To summarize, I believe “privatization” and “corporate” are too simplistic a brand with which to lash the education-reform complex. I believe a more subtle characterization with more explanatory power is that this is a technocratic and technophilic coalition, uniting […]


Diane Ravitch’s ‘error’ on privatizers vs. innovators

Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools will undoubtedly be the best-selling book on school reform released in 2013. Ravitch’s 2011 book The Death and Life of the Great American School System was a bestseller, turning on the compelling story of her own apostasy […]


Sandra Bullock and Science Role Models

“Gravity” trailer via YouTube Gravity, a new adventure movie about the perils of space exploration starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is sharing some of its star power with a blended informal STEM-based learning program for kids. USC grad student Tara Chklovski founded Iridescent  in 2006. It’s reached over 22,000 young people ages kindergarten and up […]