Evolving Education: Investing in Student-Bred Innovations

With Kickstarter campaigns making headlines with Android-based console game systems and zombie apocalypse iPhone apps  and really cool watches, it has gotten me wondering: How do we move students from being the beneficiaries of Donors Choose buttons to the entrepreneurs Continue reading Evolving Education: Investing in Student-Bred Innovations

Cross-Pollination: What Educators Can Learn from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus

Mark Pincus is a successful dude.  A really successful dude.  And a large part of that success comes from the time-sucking, highly-addictive games Zynga produces for Facebook, other social networking platforms, and mobile devices. In a recent interview with Wired, Continue reading Cross-Pollination: What Educators Can Learn from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus

What Educators Can Learn from Patton Oswalt

Comedian Patton Oswalt recently delivered the keynote address at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival 2012. He framed his comments as two letters, one to “all of the comedians in the room” and one to “all the gatekeepers” of the comedy Continue reading What Educators Can Learn from Patton Oswalt

Lehrer’s Imagine: Three Takeaways for Teaching & Learning

After hearing about Jonah Lehrer’s latest, Imagine: How Creativity Works, on one of the upteen gazillion NPR/PRI/PRX/STP/PDQ podcasts I crank through my iPod weekly, I hounded my local library — the magnificent Jay-Niles Memorial Library — until they had it on Continue reading Lehrer’s Imagine: Three Takeaways for Teaching & Learning