Hacking Education Wrapup

Here is my wrap up from last Friday’s incredible Hacking Education meeting.

Books mentioned:
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

What Would Google Do?

Websites mentioned:



And here are my tweets from the meeting. If you prefer them in context, you can see the tweets at http://search.twitter.com/search?q=&tag=hackedu&from=opencontent. All the tweets from the meeting are available at #hackedu.

opencontent: Sir Ken: a 3 yr old is not half a 6 yr old. #hackedu

opencontent: Sir Ken: Theater is about a performer and an audience. Everything else is distraction. What is the irreducible core of education? #hackedu

opencontent: Rob Kalin: The cost of degrees is getting higher while their value is rapidly declining. #hackedu

opencontent: Scott Heiferman: Everyone has stuff to teach, and everyone has stuff to learn, and we’re all connected now. So… #hackedu

opencontent: Perhaps we really need to help people learn that fun and happiness are not related to job prestige (though they imagine they are). #hackedu

opencontent: Alex Grodd: The driving force in the lives of school-age children is to fit in. It’s also “cool” to rebel and be bad. Implications? #hackedu

opencontent: Steven Johnson: The most successful times of my life were when I had fallen in with a peer group where being smart was rewarded. #hackedu

opencontent: Mitch Resnick: People want to create; people want to have and express their own voice. “Smart” has more to do with “create.” #hackedu

opencontent: Jessie Shefrin: How do we create the conditions necessary for imaginative space? #hackedu

opencontent: Katie Salen: There’s a fundamental tension between the idea of education and the idea of learning. Learning is a form of currency. #hackedu

opencontent: Bob Kerrey: You have to bring an argument. #hackedu

opencontent: Fred Wilson: You don’t need to bring an argument. Just revolt and pull out of the system and do something different / innovative. #hackedu

opencontent: Steven Johnson: Learning how to be obsessed with things is super valuable. (One man’s obsession is another’s addiction.) #hackedu

opencontent: @rokali LOL. #hackedu

opencontent: @drhoten: You can’t force a kid to “catch” an obsession, but you can stick them in a space with several “infected” people… #hackedu

opencontent: Rob Kalin: Maybe degrees are important if you want a job with CitiBank, but I don’t think they’re really hiring right now… =) #hackedu

opencontent: Bing Gordon: Judge student work (assign grades) based on subscribers or downloads. 10,000 people read your article? You get an A. #hackedu

opencontent: Metrification of learning is scary, but society continues to need an efficient way of scaling high stakes decisions (e.g. hiring). #hackedu

opencontent: Diana Rhoten mentions http://www.muzzylane.com/ #hackedu

opencontent: Mitch Resnick: Tech really helps us do three things – access information, make things, and connect with people. #hackedu

opencontent: I’m not so interested in what we’re “on the cusp” of being able to do – what can we get done today? Should I be more of a futurist? #hackedu

opencontent: Scott Heiferman: Has anyone every tried an “unconference” format for school? SchoolCamp, anyone? #hackedu

opencontent: Bing Gordon: Could technology ever drive the margin cost per student of education down to $0? #hackedu

opencontent: Bing Gordon: Teachers are the bank tellers of the 1970s. (And will soon be replaced by something like ATMs.) #hackedu

opencontent: Great conversation in the game-based learning group during lunch at #hackedu

opencontent: Shai Reshef is describing the University of the People now at #hackedu

opencontent: Rob Kalin talking now about his new venture parachutes.org at #hackedu

opencontent: @idit is talking about WorldWideWorkshop.org now at #hackedu

opencontent: @LDSFollow yes, I’m live-tweeting #hackedu and so are several others

opencontent: Alex Grodd: I don’t want a global (OER) revolution, I want to share with the person down the hall from me. #hackedu

opencontent: Alex Grodd is talking about his new project betterlesson.org. #hackedu

opencontent: Dave Schappell: “Our mission is to crush Paul.” (inside joke) #hackedu

opencontent: Plugging the Open High School of Utah (openhighschool.org) at #hackedu

opencontent: Mitch Resnick: Education ~needs~ to be hacked. #hackedu

opencontent: Does the Open High School want to do to textbook publishers what Craigslist did to the classifieds industry? #hackedu

opencontent: Fred Wilson: How do we help teachers become rock stars? #hackedu

opencontent: Fred Wilson: We can’t hack education as long as we have a monopolistic system where good teachers get paid the same as bad ones. #hackedu

opencontent: Diana Rhoten: The functions previously performed by home, church, and school have all been dumped on schools – without the funding. #hackedu

opencontent: Rob Kalin: Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish, and teach a man how to sell fish so he doesn’t always have to eat fish. #hackedu

opencontent: Fred Wilson: We need a line item veto for school, so kids can drop classes that suck and instead take them online and get credit. #hackedu

opencontent: Bing Gordon: How can we get the all-in cost of public education (facilities, materials, people) down to $5k per student per year? #hackedu

opencontent: @PushDustIn Software costs are a drop in the bucket compared to teachers / admin, textbooks and programs, and buildings. #hackedu

opencontent: Should the Open High School openly publish anonymized achievement data throughout the year for the sake of public accountability? #hackedu

opencontent: Wrapping up #hackedu – AWESOME meeting. Thank you everyone!!!!

opencontent: Heading to JFK and then home from #hackedu. Great meeting…

1 thought on “Hacking Education Wrapup”

  1. Thanks for the write up / tweets. I learned a lot of interesting stuff. Sounds like hackedu was a fascinating event!

    On unconferences at universities — I think they’d be a perfect fit for universities as they are a very low-pressure way for people to grow accustomed to sharing their ideas, are great at cross-pollination — i.e. bring together people from different departments across the university, and are super cheap and easy to setup.

    I wrote more about them in my proposal for the unclass:
    and here:

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