Exploring innovation in education (by Kevin Mandeville)

July 31, 2011 12:48 pm

Prime for Disruption: Real-Time Mobile Integration

We have enormous innovation in education technology right now. However, the majority is focused on what’s happening outside the classroom. Very few are tackling issues inside of it.

This is where I am most intrigued, as I believe it is the area prime for most disruption. Specifically, real-time integration with new mobile technology shows tremendous promise.

A recent study shows two-thirds of students who try educational mobile apps perceive positive learning, with 100% of students motivated to integrate them into the classroom.

As part of a mobile initiative at Abilene Christian University, the entire student body was given a smartphone device. In a faculty survey, 92% of respondents reported that they are comfortable having students use mobile devices for a required class activity and 83% reported regular use of mobile devices in class. Most faculty saw positive results from using mobile devices in courses, including increased levels of communication and elevated student engagement. More than 94% of faculty labeled the program “successful.”

My new venture, Amplio, is aimed at leveraging mobile apps to enhance the learning experience in higher education. We have identified basic, fundamental problems & pain points for processes inside the classroom. Current inefficiencies we are developing simple solutions for include: attendance, professor evaluation, & participation/polling.

Though we’re just getting started, it’s an exciting journey to be on. I hope we see more entrepreneurs & educators alike combine their efforts to improve the experience inside the classroom.

What are other areas of inefficiency you see & pain points you have for processes inside the classroom?

July 29, 2011 1:34 pm 1:08 pm
"Faculty are primary to the success of the Griffin Technology Advantage program. They have devoted the time needed to redesign instruction. With their students, they have become co-learners and pioneers in the classroom as they test out the power of this new technology. With no models to work from, they had to explore, practice, and discover—on their own—the iPad’s potential for expanding learning. Although a few faculty use the technology rarely, and then only in response to student demand, the most enthusiastic faculty report deep satisfaction from the critical reexamination of their course syllabi (“the first time I’d done so in a long time,” one said) and excitement about the discovery of new resources available wherever they or their students happened to be."
July 28, 2011 12:06 pm
Education is the Next Startup Gold Rush

American taxpayers invested more than $536 billion on K-12 education between 2005 and 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Education, with an additional $373 billion in taxes going to fund higher education nationwide. The educational pie is enormous, and anyone who can get his or her hands on even a small slice can expect to reap huge returns.

11:08 am July 27, 2011 3:12 pm


TEDxMedellín - Larry Cooperman: The Internet and the Future of Higher Education (by TEDxTalks). Cooperman is director of OpenCourseWare, UC Irvine.

“We have to begin to imagine a world in which anyone could learn anything, anywhere, anytime for free, and this is the promise of open education.”

“‘What is the future of the university?’ The way I see it there is going to be a formal sector and an informal sector, and they’re going to play off against each other, in a healthy way.”


College will not take place on a campus or the confines of a classroom, but through the power of the Internet. We are shifting from an information age in education to a curation age. The web contains the space & holds the infrastructure to support these needs & the growing demand for education. The rise of open-source & democratization will pave the way for online learning. (My bet is on the private sector to innovate faster & make more progress in this area.)

July 26, 2011 3:34 pm

#140edu Conference

Next week, on August 2nd & 3rd, I will be in NYC for the #140edu Conference.

The changes in the way we live our lives must create change in the way we teach and learn. The real-time web should create profound changes in the way we think about what, how and why students and teachers can do, create and communicate. The very nature of what we consider “school” should be radically different given the powerful reach of the communicate tools our students have at their disposal. #140edu is dedicated to exploring and expanding that change.

As a student, I was able to sign up for just $15.00! Educators can also apply for just $1.40 here!

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. Are any of you going?

1:34 pm

Interactive Exploration of a Dynamical System from Bret Victor on Vimeo.


(via Ex-Apple Designer Creates Teaching UI That “Kills Math” Using Data Viz | Co. Design)

Bret Victor showcases how design can change the way we internalize mathematical concepts. To him, math sucks because of its presentation. He believes one way to improve the learning is by changing the user interface & leveraging data visualization. This is quite transformational as a learner. Instead of calculating, we construct & curate answers & information. It becomes a converged, interactive process. Make sure you read the article above, as well as his own blog for more detailed analysis.