It seems as though every company offering a MOOC can get millions in venture funding lately. Can Instructure's new approach to public online courses shake up the market?
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Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.
I recently had the chance to talk with Microsoft's Vice President for Worldwide Education as part of his Daily Edventures project. Here's the result.
Michael Chasen announced this week that he's leaving the company he founded 15 years ago and transformed into an ed tech powerhouse. Why now?
It seems to me that big corporations have it all figured out: They've been using business intelligence and data analytics for years to drive businesses. For schools, though, BI is in its infancy.
The Partnership for LA Schools is doing some pretty incredible work and has the data to back up its approaches.
An interview with John Martellaro over at the Mac Observer got me thinking...why can't we get this right?
I'm at a great Think Tank event at MIT with Dell today on innovation in education. I'll be live blogging and tweeting all day.
The short answer? No. No it won't. And the ecosystem is to blame.
There are countless turnkey student information systems available, but Filemaker makes a compelling case for creating your own - fast.
If you haven't taken a look at Pathbrite, you need to. Suffice to say, the resume is dead.
For many US students and educators, India is just where they call to get tech support. But our students need to understand that India is much more than a billion-person call center.
Wait for it...a calculator that requires students to give a good estimate of their results before giving the exact answer. Go figure.
Educational technology finds an unlikely advocate and ally in News Corp's new venture called Amplify.
9 different interviews with 9 very different companies, highlighting news and announcements from this year's ISTE conference in San Diego.
From augmented reality to language learning to virtual classrooms, the word is mobile.