The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Dan Meyer: GPT-4o Will Be Great For Some People, Not All

“I wish it went without saying that the learners in these videos are not typical of US K-12 students. They do not represent the median student in age, education, socioeconomic status, or the desire to perform, especially here for cameras broadcasting to a worldwide audience. What is typical? In a large 2018 study of thousands […]

Dan Meyer On “Tech & Business Fantasies Of Education” And AI

“The ASU+GSV organizers invited a bunch of us there to give 20-minute talks on a stage that was adjacent to all the AI edtech vendors. Naturally, I thought the appropriate thing to do in that context was criticize AI edtech vendors, specifically criticizing them for selling an image of classroom teaching and student learning that […]

Low Threshold, High Ceiling Tasks, And How Tech Enables Them

“All good tasks should be, by design or fortunate accident, “low threshold, high ceiling”. Low threshold so that nearly all people can make a start and high ceiling so that there’s always some higher order avenue to work towards.”

Are Great Teachers Born Or Made? A Data Informed Theory

“In the first year of the COVID pandemic, two states waived many of their typical requirements for teachers, allowing anyone with a bachelor’s degree to teach. After reviewing end-of-course exam results, supervisor evaluations, and other data, researchers concluded that the students of this group of emergency-hired teachers did not differ significantly from students taught by […]

Dan Meyer Thinks Your AI In Education Predictions Are All Wrong

“If any one thing can be said about all the practitioners in a field as vast as teaching, it is that they are ruthlessly pragmatic with their time. They can afford to be nothing less. If teachers thought generative AI had a realistic shot of saving them time, we would have seen different survey results […]

Issues

Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson

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