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Entries by Tom Vander Ark from 08/2011

Are Textbooks Transitory?

| Posted 08.03.2011 | Education

With the shift from print to digital and from information scarcity to abundance, there's no reason to be limited to a single instructional resource. That's why I'm a skeptic about digital textbooks.

Schools Need to Balance Execution and Innovation

| Posted 08.10.2011 | Education

Every school needs a change agenda -- a phased approach to a more student-centered, standards-based, competency-focused environment. Finding the right balance is the art of leadership and the product of dialogue.

Why I'm More Interested in Learning Than Reform

| Posted 08.12.2011 | Education

As interesting (and maddening) as education politics are, I'm going to leave the reporting and analysis to others. I plan to stay focused on the future of learning -- that's where the solutions will emerge.

No Big Ideas?

| Posted 08.20.2011 | Education

It's easy to point to signs of anti-intellectualism in American, but I am encouraged by what appears to be a growing percentage of people, particularly young people, committed to making a difference. If you want to find big ideas today, look for people committed to impact.

18 Low-Tech Learning Innovations

| Posted 08.28.2011 | Education

I frequently write about new learning technologies, but there are lots of low tech learning innovations (i.e., produce better outcomes and potentially cost less). Here's a lit of 18.