Don’t just Transform, but Revolutionize Education

A manifesto of sorts. A call for change…

What is wrong with education today? There is not enough personalized instruction. We need better data to drive scalable solutions which means results in the classroom. We need predictive analytics asking people how they learn best and software designed to progress with its users. Let’s disrupt the linear vision of how students learn and introduce different modes.

Better data
Correlations. Frequencies. Algorithms — I was never good at math. Ultimately, data analytics should help us make informed decisions that propose change.

Break silos
It’s not just about alleviating a ten-pound backpack with a ten ounce tablet, but breaking common misconceptions of the intersection of education and technology. Let’s not pigeonhole ourselves into thinking curriculum should be delivered one way.

Deliver dynamic solutions
I use the term ‘solution’ loosely in trying to prove the point that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to learning. Through psychometrics and analysis, deliverables should be adaptable to a user’s needs. We should identify issues at the forefront, instead of making them an afterthought. 

Here is a thought:

Pierson Labs/Declara’s Ramona Pierson (also a SXSW 2014 panel electee) pushes mass production to mass customization with big-data education models.  Her team is developing an algorithm to map the learning methods of teachers with the needs of the classroom, addressing a student’s comprehension in realtime.


Creativity abounds with SXSWedu 2014


Who would like to buy me tickets to SXSWedu in Austin? Going once, twice, three —

SXSW looks like an amazing festival, held every spring featuring film, interactive, music and conferences with panels of speakers, workshops, Meetup events and a trade show. There is also SXSWedu, an expo for educational innovation, SXSWeco for those environmental conservationists and SXSW V2V for techie startups on the prowl.

This year’s conference has a few discussions I’m interested in:

Permission Engines: Facilitating Creativity (SXSWinteractive)
What do Googlers and Burning Man have in common? Find out here (hint: it’s in the title)

STEM Challenges for Digital Citizens
Amazed by Amplify, I’d definitely drop in.

Apple for Teacher: Education Ripe for Disruption
This interview may make you redefine the status quo.
Just think of the opportunities we can unlock by making education as addictive as a video game.

iStories: Teaching with Social Video Self-Modeling
Learn how to demonstrate a concept, create step-by-step instructions and showcase prompt as a student video with social stories.

Rethinking Teaching and Learning: Competency-based
Every discussion poses questions; some pertinent like these.
What system changes must be made for students to have coherent and goal focused educational experiences?

Interactive Chocolate
Because everyone loves chocolate.

Tickets may be a stretch and I’ll try to make it there at least in spirit. Until then I’ll seek out PanelPicker to vote for the content I want to see (whether as a virtual attendee or a real one).