Income Achievement Gap Eclipses Racial Achievement Gap

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Digital Divide, Research, Uncategorized | One Comment

I was thrilled last week to see that Sean Reardon’s work on income inequality and education was featured for two days on the New York Times home page (especially since the work was published in a book edited by my advisor, Richard Murnane.) What Reardon and his colleagues demonstrate is that the “income achievement gap” […]

Which Facts Do We Need?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Assessment, Digital Divide, Teaching | One Comment

Today was my first “real” class with my MIT students in 11.125, Understanding and Evaluating Education. They are a bright, thoughtful, engaged group, and I am really looking forward to getting to know them better and learning from them. I awoke and flipped open my iPad to check the news, and was delighted to see […]

Ask a Researcher: Using the forest to make sense of the trees

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Ask a researcher, Digital Divide | No Comments

In this segment of Ask a Researcher, I have a short dialogue with a fellow education researcher, Vance Martin, a post-doc at U. of Illinois. Vance has a chapter forthcoming in an edited volume about using wikis in a social studies methods class (and his dissertation on the optic is freely available: Using Wikis to […]

What I’m Up To

The Berkman Center recently asked me to provide an update on my work over recent months. Here it is:   Greetings! Sorry for my tardiness. I’ve spent the the last two weeks in Singapore, serving as an Outstanding Educator in Residence with the Academy of Singapore Teachers. It has been an amazing exchange, and incredibly […]

Ask a Researcher: EdTech Inequality in Developing Countries

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Ask a researcher, Digital Divide | No Comments

Ask a Researcher question in response to my Berkman Luncheon talk: Will Free Benefit the Rich? Just watched the video, I found it very useful. I am writing a paper concerning the urban/rural divide in education in Thailand and what you are saying about the ‘haves and have nots’ is very relevant to what I […]

I misspoke- A correction to a recent Boston Phoenix article

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in Digital Divide, Oped, Presentations | No Comments

After my recent talk at the Berkman Center, Will Free Benefit the Rich, a reporter from the Boston Phoenix asked me to chat with her about MITx. Her position was pretty clear– the response to MITx seemed “rhapsodic” and she wanted to use my research as a lens to raise questions about whether MITx was […]

Media Bonanza: Will Free Benefit the Rich

So last Friday I gave a talk at the Berkman Center riffing on my most recent policy quandary: Will Free Benefit the Rich? That is, will the widespread availability of free and open educational resources disproportionately benefit already-advantaged students? Is this a policy problem, or is it actually desirable in the long run? If we […]

Apple’s Ebooks, What Matters More?: Rotating Graphs vs. Textbook Adoption Policy

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Digital Divide, OER, Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m proud of my fellow educators today for their entirely reasonable reactions to Apple’s education announcement. Richard Byrne as per usual, sums up the vibe well: The iBooks textbooks look very nice and have some interactive elements. But, I can’t help but wonder why Apple choose to make the, “iBooks will make kids’ backpacks lighter” […]

That’s so dial-up

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Digital Divide | No Comments

I gave an hour long talk today at the Berkman Center (link to event here, livestream, etc. will be up eventually), which mostly focused on how technology innovations interact with our extremely inequitable education systems. I made a passing comment that in one school I visited in rural South Georgia, a common pejorative among kids was “that’s […]

Technology and inequality: One Teacher’s Perspective

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Digital Divide, OER | No Comments

I got a lovely note this week from a teacher in Silicon Valley. In it, she remarks on how in her current high-performing, wealthy districts, students are taking the lead in using OER tools to push forwards their education. I’m reposting the note with her permission, though I’ve obscured her name and the districts that […]