Welcome to the Education Renaissance

This article originally appeared in Huffington Post, Education, March 27, 2012 Today’s disruptive changes in education – from the proliferation of digital devices to the availability of open educational resources, online universities, and badge-based certification – have the field abuzz like never before. Recently I had the opportunity to give a talk at WNET’s Celebration [...]

You Say You Want a Virtual Revolution?

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post, September 17, 2009 In a provocative commentary published in Sunday’s Washington Post, frequent Huffington Post blogger Zephyr Teachout predicts that “a virtual revolution is brewing for colleges.” What digital technology has done to the newspaper business, it will soon do to higher education, she argues. Increasingly, notes Teachout, college [...]

Digital Textbooks, Real Gains for Education

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post, June 16, 2009 Governor Schwarzenegger has a plan to make California the first state in the nation to provide its schools with free digital textbooks. The initiative would start this fall with online materials for high school math and science classes. The Governor explained his thinking in [...]

‘Superman’ Puts Spotlight on Education

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post, September, 28, 2010 On opening night I got to see the new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” a film that is bringing cognitive dissonance to educators across the country. Before that, I had read a dozen or so well-written blogs that had described in detail [...]