11 06, 2018

The Cart is Before the Horse


I’ve read a dozen articles about Personalized Learning and about bringing Analytics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning into Education - just this week alone. If you’re in education you’ve probably received an increasing number of solicitations and seen a growing number of conference sessions touting Personalized Learning and Analytics. And you may have sat in discussions about innovation in edtech. And what topic consumes most of these discussions? That’s right - Personalized Learning and Analytics. I’ve spent a long career in the Analytics field specializing in advance analytics, learning algorithms and simulation systems. As I’ve been applying my [...]

The Cart is Before the Horse2018-06-13T08:51:30+00:00
5 04, 2018

When Students Create: Abre Appathons


When we created Abre, we intentionally designed a platform for fiddling. Learning is an experience involving trial and error, just-right challenges, and concrete outcomes. Philosophically, this fits with who we are. We’re an education company (with roots in public education) dedicated to help students learn. Why not give students tools to improve their learning? Why not give them access to experiential learning opportunities and allow them to build a compelling digital profile? Why not host an Appathon?

When Students Create: Abre Appathons2018-04-05T21:57:05+00:00
9 03, 2018

Welcome to Insanity: Managing Multiple User Accounts


Are your staff and students happy about remembering multiple usernames and passwords? Is your technology team enjoying creating separate username and password combinations for each system/software in your school district (not to mention that each system has it’s own password restrictions)? I highly doubt it.

Welcome to Insanity: Managing Multiple User Accounts2018-03-14T19:50:24+00:00
2 03, 2018

OERs Part 3: What is the Market Place Model?


Can OERs make money if they’re open? Or a slightly different question, can people creating OERs make money?

I would say yes. It requires a different view on revenue.

A model for funding would be to consider popular open-source platforms.

OERs Part 3: What is the Market Place Model?2018-03-09T13:12:59+00:00
19 02, 2018

OERs Part 2: Focus on Solutions to the Problem


In my previous post, I discussed a number of the problems facing OERs. With this post, I'll explore ideas and solutions to the particular issues surrounding OERs.

OERs Part 2: Focus on Solutions to the Problem2018-03-09T13:12:02+00:00
9 02, 2018

Open Education Resources (OERs): Part 1 of a 3 Part Series


Open Education Resources (OERs) increasingly capture the attention of districts looking to leverage their internal knowledge base and to save money. I’ve had the good fortune of being part of a number of conversations within Ohio concerning OERs. This is the first of a series of posts exploring what are OERs, what problems and solutions they present, and how the market might support OERs.

Open Education Resources (OERs): Part 1 of a 3 Part Series2018-02-19T15:24:54+00:00
31 01, 2018

The Crap Sandwich


"How an Innovative Education Management Platform was Built Out of a School District" It’s not an elegant way to title a story but it is the subtext to this one.  The story, like most good ones, is a confluence of some really unlikely events.  But let’s make a long story short:  Two guys, let’s call them Zach and Chris, were the tech team for an 8,000 student district in southwestern Ohio, Hamilton City Schools.  Both come from varied backgrounds and have some non-overlapping tech capabilities but they had a couple important things in common.  They both spent time in the [...]

The Crap Sandwich2018-06-20T16:43:24+00:00