Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Future of Education

"Waiting for Superman... Spiderman, Batman and the whole Justice League...The task of every teacher – create engaging lessons that speak to the diversity of learners in a given class – is a heroic one. But we don’t have enough of these superheroes..."
"Technology, when placed in the hands of willing teachers, helps to facilitate students’ learning by moving solely from up-front lecturing to include more side-by-side facilitation. This shift can stimulate the kinds of exponential leaps in student achievement that we have longed believed possible but have not been able to achieve. The country that incubated Apple, Google and Facebook must now apply those same scaling talents and technology in the classroom.  It is time to help the 3,500,000 Clark Kents already out there learn how to fly" - from Matchbook Learning website
Sajan George is the Founder & CEO of Matchbook Learning, a national non-profit school turnaround management organization that has designed and implemented a unique blended model of school, the only one of its kind targeting turnaround (ie bottom 5%) public schools that blends face-to-face and virtual instruction. They started working in Detroit to bring their teacher-centric blended model of school to turnaround some of the nation's most neediest schools. Their blended turnaround model design has won numerous national awards and recognition. Interesting concept.

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