“By deconstructing learning science and making the connection to technology, Hess and Saxberg have outlined key strategies for school leaders as they work to transform traditional practices in schools. Whether it is whole-school reform or targeted interventions, principals will be motivated to rethink or're-engineer' the use of technology to optimize teaching and learning.”
—Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals
“Everyone touching education—from educators to school leaders and from investors and philanthropists to entrepreneurs—needs to understand how to think like a learning engineer and read this book. Technology holds unbelievable promise to be a part of the solution to transform education, but it won't happen unless all parties attack its implementation smartly. Breakthrough Leadership in a Digital Age points the way forward.”
—Michael B. Horn, Co-Founder & Education Executive Director
Clayton Christensen Institute
“Too often, our current structures fail to promote and support learning engineering. Rick Hess and Bror Saxberg have designed a compelling guide for the road ahead.”
—William Hite, Superintendent
School District of Philadelphia, PA
Reboot student learning the right way!
Today's most successful school leaders are truly “learning engineers”: creative thinkers who redefine their problems and design new ways to better serve kids' success. Technology has a critical role, but it's the creative reinvention of schools, systems, and classrooms that has to come first. In this powerful book, best-selling author and education policy expert Rick Hess and chief learning officer Bror Saxberg show you how to become your school's learning engineer. Using cutting-edge research about learning science as a framework, you'll: Identify specific learning problems that need solving; Devise smarter ways to address them; Implement technology-enabled, not technology-driven, solutions
Bringing It Together
Bringing It Together
[Page 166]“Rabbit's clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit's clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that's why he never understands anything.”
Talk of education technology can carry more than a whiff of A. A. Milne's clever Rabbit. There's a lot of Brain out there—overheated, self-impressed conference presentations and dismissive hand waving toward those who just “don't get it.” Technology enthusiasts and vendors offer sophisticated, seemingly big-brained promises and plans. They talk in an impressive jargon about technically complex stuff, tossing around references to “immersive environments,” “available bandwidth,” “hybrid models,” and the rest. Indeed, many enthusiasts talk of a “digital revolution” that will sweep away all that ...