Improving education with teacher of the year

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Dr. Elliot Soloway has taught some interesting people in his classroom at the University of Michigan. How about Larry Page, co-founder of Google? Among others. He’s been named “Teacher of the Year,” but that’s not why I talked with him. What we talked about is the state of education and how he sees it being improved. He’s quite passionate and this is one of my favorite interviews so far. He’s also started a company, GoKnow Learning, although we don’t talk about that much here, focusing instead on the changes that are coming to education due to technologies like the cell phone.

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15 Responses to “Improving education with teacher of the year”

  1. vs. « Scobleizer Says:

    […] First, here’s Soloway’s interview on PodTech. And here it is on Kyte. Actually the Kyte one was split into two parts cause you can’t put more than 20 minutes up on it. So here’s the second part. […]

  2. Jason Jarrett Says:

    More of this kind of interview. The impact that people like Elliot have is huge and changes the future. thank you

  3. Willem Says:

    Great interview!
    Just some technical feedback:
    The offered embed code lacks the close /embed code at the end. I have to add this to be able to embed the video on my weblog, but I will defenitely!

  4. Phil801 Says:

    That was an awesome interview Robert!

  5. Clancy Childs Says:

    When I saw this post headline on twitter, I was intrigued, but when I saw it was Elliot it all made sense. He taught a class and supervised a project of mine at Michigan and was probably one of the best teachers I have ever had. When he says that he “finds what really matters” to students, he means it. He helped me focus my passion for computer nerding into a career. Congrats Elliot!

  6. David Says:

    Just to back everyone else up and what they said….AWESOME INTERVIEW!!!! This made me so glad I have some of the teachers I do, they seem in some since like this. Awesome show too.

  7. Mobile Technology in TAFE » Blog Archive » Will Mobiles Be THE Tool of The Future? Says:

    […] Check out the video podcast interview by Robert Scoble with Elliot Soloway here! My thoughts - will be interesting to see in 4 years time whether the mobile phone has become the tool. […]

  8. media theory » slightly disconnected thoughts regarding whether or not to blog Says:

    […] It’s pretty long (~30 minutes), but Robert Scoble recently interviewed Dr. Elliot Soloway from the University of Michigan who is insanely passionate about how cell phones are going to be the next collaborative learning environment, and I think the exact same can be said about blogs, social networking sites, and all sorts of new ways of communicating ideas. […]

  9. » M-Learning: Create. Share. Interact. Mobile Learning Says:

    […] Podtech via Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech […]

  10. Will Cell Phones Save Education - Noticias externas Says:

    […] Bill Gates has said a number of times that cell phones could be the low cost, low power way to get computing power into the hands of people, especially students, in the Third World. Recently I watched an interview with Professor Elliot Soloway from the University of Michigan who is actually doing some work with educational uses of cell phones. […]

  11. Wired? Tired? Linkbaiting? I wish « Scobleizer Says:

    […] 1. Dr. Eliott Soloway on how to improve education (he was one of Larry Page’s computer science professors and was very interesting to talk with about where education is falling apart and how to fix it). 2. Mark Canter on social networking. He does an interesting job of bringing us into the social networking space. Says a TON of stuff that SHOULD have gotten Wired to react, but instead they are more interested in making fun of me and piling onto the “hate Scoble” pile. 3. Scott Klemmer is an assistant professor at Stanford University and talks with me about all sorts of geeky stuff going on inside Stanford. Human interaction design, mobile development, and much more. Remember, this is the place that started Google. Wired should have been all over this. Why weren’t they? 4. IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer held an interesting conversation with me about all sorts of stuff including open source licenses, patent reform, and a whole raft of stuff that directly affects Wired’s readership. Why didn’t they link to this? 5. One of IBM’s most decorated employees had a chat with me and Larry Magid of CBS News. Talked about virtual worlds and a few other things. That sounds like the kind of thing Wired used to be interested in. But they didn’t link to that, either. Nor did they link to a separate interview where I interview the guy who runs IBM Ventures and is one of the key strategists at IBM. 6. At the iPhoneDevCamp I interview a top game designer about emotional design and why the iPhone feels so good. Wired kind of stuff, yet didn’t earn a link. 7. VMWare just went IPO, so you’d think Wired would have linked to this interesting discussion with VMWare’s top technologist. Nah, not Wired. How about this discussion of a new programming language designed to help kids learn to program? Future Wired customers, right? Nope. You won’t have seen that on Wired Online. 8. You’d think that all the SEOs and Danny Sullivan wannabees would have linked to this interview about search engine marketing. Nope. Wired didn’t either. 9. Or maybe Wired would have linked to this interview with New York Times bestseller Tim Ferriss, who tells you how to work less. Nah, no link for that one, either. […]

  12. MSDN Blog Postings » Will Cell Phones Save Education Says:

    […] There are a couple of different opinions of cell phones in schools. Some see them as basically evil tools of cheating and distraction. Many schools ban then outright. Some allow them but only with serious restrictions. (You can read some of that here.) And then there is the opposite view - cell phones have valid and important educational uses. Bill Gates has said a number of times that cell phones could be the low cost, low power way to get computing power into the hands of people, especially students, in the Third World. Recently I watched an interview with Professor Elliot Soloway from the University of Michigan who is actually doing some work with educational uses of cell phones. In the interview Prof. Soloway talks with enthusiasm about the idea but doesn’t provide a lot of specifics. His company web site, he founded GoKnow Learning, though does have more information. It does seem that they are further along then I would have thought. Still, color me skeptical. Largely I worry about two things: Curriculum development and teacher training. GoKnow does provide some of both BTW. They have a consulting and training operation and I am sure they do a good job. On the other hand education as a field has a poor history of providing enough training for teachers or development of curriculum that leverages new technology. The idea behind educational technology is all too often to throw the technology into the hands of students (maybe let teachers use it) and some sort of education miracle will happen. This seems to be the idea behind the One Laptop Per Child project by the way. Everyone has stories of students who get a computer and do amazing things with them. I’ve repeated several of them myself. They can be inspiring. But the fact is that for every amazing student who hacks the iPhone so that he can change cell providers there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of kids who will never do anything like that without a lot of help from a teacher. The potential may be there but teachers are often the ones who bring it out. Sure you might get Larry Page, co-founder of Google, in your class, as Prof. Soloway did, and people could argue that they got to where they are today without depending too much on their teachers. But are you going to bet that happening with the majority of students? I don’t think so. Let me spell something out on its own. Most students need good, well-trained, well-equipped teachers to help them learn. Only a few students are going to be wonderfully self-educated. There I said it. Handing a student an Internet capable device and a network connection may in theory give him access to the knowledge of the whole world but it is not going to turn him into the next Bill Gates, Larry Page or Steven Spielberg. (I had to through some “art” in there and some people seem to think that a digital camera and access to posting video on YouTube will create great movies.) Most people, the overwhelming majority, need teachers as well as books, curriculum and other resources. And by the way, we need a lot more and a lot better educational software to take advantage of any of this high technology stuff - smart phone or computer. Is there a lot more potential in computers and cell phones and who knows what other technology is coming? Absolutely! But it is no silver bullet yet. […]

  13. Robert Scoble interviews Dr. Elliot Soloway on technology and education « Christopher Scott Rice [dot] com Says:

    […] Here’s the video (why can’t I post videos on Wordpress without giving up my password ?!?). It’s only about 27 minutes long, but well worth the view. The good stuff kicks in at about 10 minutes in. […]

  14. Kevin McMahon Says:

    Wow. You guys kept saying, “education, schools, teachers, kids and mobile computing” but I kept thinking, “healthcare, hospitals, doctors/nurses, kids and mobile computing” and when the tension becomes so great it will tear and people will go to the new providers who get it.

    Practitioners who fail to recognize emerging technologies like those coming out of my company Diabetech (GlucoMON wireless glucose meters and patient-centric care networks incorporating social media like healthcordia) will be left in the old model.

    Schools that embrace the new model will commit to it and dictate new processes that optimize the new technologies within the new education model. The most successful educational programs will not feel compelled to appease to the old school administrators, educators and even parents.

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