Reinventing Curriculum | Blog

Here you'll find analysis and views on technology, policy and curriculum in elementary and secondary education by two outspoken technology advocates, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris. Reinventing Curriculkum is published four times per month; a new post appears each Monday in this location. Below you will also find the archive for Elliot and Cathie's previous blog, Being Mobile.


Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible.

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

Five years from now K–12 classrooms will look dramatically different than they do today because of the four trends identified in this week’s blog post. You can take that prediction to the bank!

Teacher Frustrators: Testing Takes Priority, Web 1.0-Level Internet

This week’s blog post looks behind the technology to the policies that make teachers utterly frustrated when trying to use that technology with their students. We tell two, true stories that, without a doubt, will make you groan with frustration. These sorts of frustrators must be addressed if technology is going to have its promised impact.

One-to-One 3.0: A Work in Progress

Sharing computing devices, the hallmark of One-to-One 1.0, rules the K–12 landscape. While the technology industry is on the verge of producing powerful computing devices for the price of a pair of gym shoes, getting all the way to 1-to-1 3.0 in is going to require more than just ready-access to computing devices. In this week’s blog post, then, we lay out the 13 conditions for 1-to-1 3.0.

Artificial Intelligence is Not the Silver Bullet for K–12

Due to a number of high profile successes (e.g., beating the world Go champion) recently, Artificial Intelligence technologies have been receiving a great deal of attention by companies and by the press. K–12 doesn’t want to be left out! But, in this week’s blog post we argue that, for good reason, K–12 shouldn’t be looking to AI to solve its problems.

A Framework for Technology Adoption: Making Your Pedagogy Deeply Digital

This week’s blog post distills our 30-plus years of working in K–12 classrooms trying, trying, trying to integrate computing devices into those K–12 classrooms. The result: five guidelines. Educators, what’s your take on these five guidelines? Researchers: "Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other."

What Can Third Graders Do With Technology?

In this week’s blog post, a third grade teacher in a public school provides a clear example of what our blog, "Reinventing Curriculum" is all about. Mr. Gabriel DellaVecchia has used 1-to-1 in an imaginative, productive, and effective manner. What the children in his class accomplished is absolutely inspiring!

Memo to OER Purveyors: Teachers Don’t Want Content, Teachers Want Curriculum!

While OER marketplaces tend to tout the amount and types of content on offer, we must remind ourselves that content is not curriculum — and it is curriculum that teachers actually want. We go on to describe the life-cycle of a digital lesson — and argue that support for all the life cycle phases is only just beginning to be provided.

SABIER Makes OER Work in K–12 Classrooms: A Conversation with Dan McGuire

In this week’s blogpost we explore the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum, a group of Minnesota educators dedicated to creating and disseminating quality, OER-based curriculum. And we have a Q&A with the founder of SABIER, a nonprofit that provides support services to schools who are adopting OER-based courseware, like that produced by the MPCC.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Tells Schools To Carry Out Research on Educational Technology: Really?

In this week’s blogpost, we examine a new proclamation from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology: in addition to everything else educators already do, educators should now carry out rapid cycles of scientifically valid, classroom-based research. Piling more and more onto the backs of K–12 educators can’t be a strategy for effectively moving K–12 public education into the digital age.

Being Mobile | Podcast

The Being Mobile podcast series features Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris at their outspoken best, having lively conversations about a different mobile technology topic each month.

  • Bringing Down Barriers to Mobilism

    Fresh from UNESCO Mobile Week in Paris, Elliot and Cathie report on how students in developing countries are using feature phones for education. April 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,919 KB Length: 04:00 Listen Now

  • One Tablet Per Child?

    Falling prices for computers and data plans could have a major impact on K-12, but is your infrastructure ready? March 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,039 KB; Length: 02:48 Listen Now

  • What Does "Successful" Mean?

    When it comes to using mobile devices in class, Elliot and Cathie caution against mistaking engagement for achievement. February 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,757 KB; Length: 03:47 Listen Now

  • Welcome to the Podcast

    Mobilists Elliot and Cathie introduce their podcast and explain why mobile technologies are becoming an inescapable part of the classroom. January 2013; File Type: M4A; Size: 7,246 KB; Length: 03:39 Listen Now

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