An Interview By Robert Scoble (in the ISKME garden)

Last year, Robert Scoble came by the ISKME office to say hi and see what we were up to. As I was giving him a tour of our community garden, he looked around and said, “Great, let’s sit here and talk.” So we pulled up a couple of chairs and I began telling him about some of the work we were doing around open source education, trying to make all education content freely available with OER Commons, how I went from being an academic refuge to a social entrepreneur, and how I thought there was never a more exciting time to be working in the field of education.… Read the rest

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 an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury: [quote]California is home to software giants, bioscience research pioneers and first-class university systems known around the world.… Read the rest

‘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 the movie’s “anti-teacher, union-bashing and pro-charter school stance” purportedly portrayed in the film, some by those who had seen early previews of the movie (and by several who had not).… Read the rest