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.


1-to-1 Computers Demand 1-to-1 Curriculum: Good Luck Finding Any

Where is the curriculum — the daily lessons — that specifically exploit 1-to-1? K-12 simply must move beyond using computing devices as nice-to-have, supplements to paper-and-pencil curriculum. In this week’s blog post we explore the fundamental challenge of making 1-to-1 an effective resource.

Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely!

A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

In 2016, OER (Open Education Resources) are undergoing a major transformation: rather than educators needing to struggle with searching OER repositories containing millions of OER objects and then trying to stitch together those OER objects into coherent lessons, organizations such as Open Up Resources are producing curriculum-scale, OER-based courses. Finally, OER is coming of age!

Review of Liz Kolb’s New Book, 'Learning First, Technology Second'

The Triple E Framework, developed by Liz Kolb, guides teachers in thinking through how to make effective use of specific technology in their specific classrooms. Available up to now primarily on the Triple E website, ISTE has just published Kolb’s book length treatment of Triple E — which we review in this week’s blog post!

Supporting the Full Life-Cycle for OER-Based Lessons is Critically Important

In the "old" paper world, teachers had evolved a comfortable process for managing the life-cycle of a lesson; developing, distributing, enacting, assessing, reflecting, sharing. In this week’s blog post, we argue that in the "new" world of OER-based lessons, teachers again must be supported in managing the full life-cycle of a lesson.

In K–12, the New New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Curriculum

There is always a new new thing in technology. In contrast, in K-12, at the heart of the classroom is — and will be for the foreseeable future — the old old thing: curriculum. But, where is that curriculum, the fuel for the 1-to-1 classroom, going to come from? From the new new thing, of course – as we argue in this week’s blog post.

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression.

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.

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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