Why Just Having the Technology Isn’t Enough

One reason I find educational technology so exciting is the potential to increase equity in education. Last fall, I was lucky enough to come across Mark Warschauer’s Learning in the Cloud: How (and Why) to Transform Schools with Digital Media. This book examines the ways that schools use technology and the obstacles to fully integrating […]

App development benefits people with disabilities in Colombia

Colombia, like most countries, struggles with meeting the needs of the disabled community. There are 2.9 million Colombians with some type of disability. Only 15.5% of disable population are currently in the work force, the ministry of new technologies believes this data indicates that this is a problem which needs to be addressed. Technology, especially […]

How Long till the Internet Kills the Newspaper?

Newspapers therefore become more necessary in proportion as men become more equal and individualism more to be feared. To suppose that they only serve to protect freedom would be to diminish their importance: they maintain civilization. I shall not deny that in democratic countries newspapers frequently lead the citizens to launch together into very ill-digested […]

My First Week At Mobility Labs

Last week, I started working at Mobility Labs. My first week was a blur of amazing doughnuts, hugs, discussions about Chaos vs. Order Muppets, and getting up to speed on current projects. Mobility Labs is building all sorts of things that make an impact, including lesson planning tools, apps for young children across the globe, tools […]

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Failure

Start-up culture has captured the word “innovation.” It sits on the mantle with words like “disruption” and “fail forward.” But innovation happens in a lot of other places, and seeing start up culture as the be-all and end all of innovation is stifling. The start up entrepreneur model is that a person, or small group, […]

SXSW Offshoot Explores Intersection of Education and Technology

  Austin, Texas, and the SXSW Interactive festival have long been an important annual pilgrimage for the technology community. A recent offshoot, SXSWedu, is growing to occupy a similar place in the education technology community. Mobility Labs joined thousands of teachers, education leaders, entrepreneurs, and others in Austin last week for this year’s event. The […]

Mobility Labs Visits a Rural School Using Escuela Nueva

The Mobility Labs research team recently visited a rural school in Santa Elena, Colombia using the innovative Escuela Nueva model of teaching. This method has been used in Colombia since the 1970’s and has been getting more international attention including recently being highlighted in this New York Times column. The foundation Escuela Nueva is located in Bogotá […]

Fact Checking Google’s Fact Checker

Yesterday, we mentioned a widely reported potential change to Google’s algorithm. Today, after further investigation, we believe most of the reporting to be over-hyped. This is what we found. Over the past few days, a number of websites have reported that Google will begin using the “facts” on a website to replace the links that […]

Search Engine Optimization and Secret Knowledge

There is indication that Google may be planning a fairly major change soon, one that could disrupt a lot of current search engine optimization practices. The story is that Google will start to include fact verification of content on a website in their rankings. Like many of the changes Google has made over the years, […]