Ask a Researcher: What’s Next for Early Ed and iPad Research?

Today’s Ask a Researcher Question comes from a doctoral student in Massachusetts I am currently a doctoral student in Leadership in Schooling.  I am a technology specialist in an urban public school system in Massachusetts, and I am considering doing my dissertation on iPad usage as well.  I read your postings about Auburn and am […]

Ask a Researcher: Using the Wiki Quality Instrument in Other Settings

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Ask a researcher, DCLC | No Comments

Here’s a question about using the Wiki Quality Instrument to measure quality in individual wiki projects: I currently have a course wiki (using wikispaces) between our preservice teachers and ninth graders in a remote secondary school. We used the wiki for a specific project, so it won’t fall under your longevity categories but I am […]

What Should We Do with the Auburn Kindergarten iPad Findings?

Mike Muir and I are having a productive, respectful back and forth specifically about his research concerning iPads in Kindergarten classrooms and more broadly about how practitioners should deal with educational research that uses statistical methods. I’m going to start with this reminder (which Mike has echoed in his own way): I think it’s completely […]

The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in DCLC, Research, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I’m very pleased to announce that the first report from my research project, the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, is published in this month’s issue of Educational Researcher, the flagship journal of the American Educational Research Association. The article can be found through this direct link or at this landing page and is titled, “The […]

Two Questions about “The Test Score Hypothesis”

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Research, Teaching, Uncategorized | No Comments

My 11.125 students read education articles each week and discuss current events for about 15 minutes. It’s a lot of time to commit to the endeavor, but I think it’s a great way, in a survey class, to let students explore their interests and to learn more about the various issues and challenges in education. […]

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” […]

Are iPads making a significant difference? Findings from Auburn Maine.

Audrey Watters has an interesting article on early results from an assessment of iPads deployed in kindergardens in Auburn, ME. It’s a perfect place for me to get to one of the core purposes of this blog– to look at educational research results and critique them from the perspective of a fellow researcher. The goal […]

Dan Meyer Live Tweets Sal Khan

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Flipped | 2 Comments

This needed to be saved for posterity. (Dan, let me know if you want me to take it down). Hilarious and germane. If you want to read more of Dan’s work, please do check out It’s certainly the best reading out there on math education. [<a href="" target="_blank">View the story "Dan Meyer on Sal Khan […]

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 […]

Adventures in Singapore: Top Learnings from a Learning Journey

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in International, Reform | No Comments

My Big Takeaways from Singapore This is the final post in a series of reflections about my two weeks spent as an Outstanding Educator in Residence at the Academy of Singapore Teachers. What I’m thankful for in American Education… I told two stories in Singapore that people found shocking. First, in several workshops I shared […]