Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Welcome to the Hurt Locker at #NSVFSummit

John White, John Deasy and Richard Barth talk about integrity and “showing up” to education with credibility in the new education system.

Here is a Twitter broadsheet of tweets about the conversation at #NSVFSummit in San Francisco on Thursday May 18, 2011.


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Google Moves from Information Organizer to “Knowledge Facilitator”

If you needed another indicator that the future’s learning will be on the social web, look no further than an April 11 SEC filing filed by Google executives. They have dissolved their “search” group internally and reorganized it as a “knowledge facilitator,” pointing to another in a long series of clues that social learning has escaped the box of traditional bricks and mortar based education institutions.

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Economist Battle Royale: Social Learning Taken Up a Notch

Two producers put together a rap video. Okay. Good.

Two producers put together a rap video about two dead economists returning from the dead to defend their economic theories in light of the current recession. Okay. I will definitely watch this.

Click to see the video and to watch a PBS news report about the making of the video.

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Can EdTech Help Dropout Rates?

According to the United States Department of Education, the dropout rate among students 16 to 24 years old dropped from roughly 14 percent in 1980 to 8 percent in 2008. While this is an improvement, sadly, it is not good enough. More and more, what researchers are finding is that the literacy rate directly correlates to the dropout rate. As a result, many professionals are encouraging a forward thinking model that incorporates education technology as a way to combat both literacy and dropout rates.

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