Talking Student Tutorials with Eric Marcos – Part 2 of 2

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This is the second part of Alan’s discussion with Eric Marcos, BLC presenter and middle school teacher in Santa Monica, CA. In this episode, Eric, his students and Alan focus on the student created tutorials’ impact on how students are learning and how Eric can evaluate problems individual students might be having.

Eric also describes the skills and equipment that teachers would need to start a similar program in addition to new opportunities that his classes are becoming involved with through their work.

Talking Student Tutorials with Eric Marcos – Part 1 of 2

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In this episode Alan speaks to Eric Marcos, BLC presenter and middle school teacher in Santa Monica, CA. Eric explains how one individual screencast tutorial made to help a student with homework blossomed into a robust tutorial site called MathTrain. Through this site, students have been empowered to create math tutorials for students in their class and around the world.

You will also learn from Eric and several of his students how this work has positively impacted everyone involved.

An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 1 of 6

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In this six part series Alan and Richard Halkett, Director of Strategy and Research in Global Education for Cisco, explore the issues facing today’s educators. Topics include:

  • Do public schools have time to change or is it too late?
  • A researched based look at 21st century skills
  • Schools who have begun the change process
  • Informal Learning
  • Technology and Crisis
  • The next steps

Richard Halkett brings a new perspective to current educational issues. We hope you enjoy this series.


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Rahaf Harfoush told a great story about an experiment in which five monkeys were put in a room. In the corner of the room was a shelf on which sat a ripe banana. But, when a monkey reached for the banana, his pals would be hosed with cold water. It wasn’t long before the monkeys learned to beat the hell out of anyone who reached for the banana.

Next the researchers subbed-in a new monkey, who didn’t know the hands-off-the-banana rule. As you’d expect, the startled newcomer took a hard lesson form his pals. The researchers eventually subbed-in four more monkeys until none of the original monkeys were left. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys would go near the banana because they knew they would take a lickin’ from the others, even though the researchers had long since stopped spraying water.

Corporate policy–school policy–is too often informed by this monkey-mind.


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