Video and Analytics

What if you had little knowledge of education theory and lots of investors? This video is about taking a guy who is a pretty good natural teacher and magnifying that with adaptive assessment strategies…

What i can’t figure is why anything he is saying sounds new to anyone in the room? I mean it is pretty cool to think about, and he has all the current buzzy stuff included with game theory and so on, but as a lifer in education, it sounds like good press to me and that it is neither new nor promising as a model, but as an example of what Steven Johnson calls the “adjacent possible.” When all these things becomes available at once and lots of folks point out how the new combinations make paradigmatic shifts possible.

Good teaching includes so much more than this rah-rah approach, but he’s right, there are some new resources out there and clever analytics are possibly helpful. Gamifiying education has some promise. Letting applications track progress is cool too. But there’s more than that.

So i suppose i am dissing a new guy for noticing what we’ve been saying all along…

Amplify’d from
Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.




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