It’s yesterday’s tomorrow!

Posted on August 10, 2018


This Luminary Labs article describes projects that were in a contest they had.   They look amazing and awesome, including Smart Sparrow,  which seems to be a learning platform for making online stuff.   It’s free for up to 5 students, too and touts drag and drop for interactivity.   I *think* this is a great way to make things engaging and multisensory but I’d want to see evidence.    Is it really that much like moving real things?

I’m  working on that “drag drop” thing in Geogebra, soon as I get out for a bike ride on this final Friday Off (always wondering if it wouldn’t be smarter to figure it out in HTML 5 but I think Geogebra will be much more sharable/ adaptable/ OPEN OPEN OPEN.)

SPeaking of open, the Luminary Labs folks also backed the Power In Numbers projects, where about 20 folks curated/created OER for adult learners.   The second cohort was slightly more ambitious than the firs t– we did a “curriculum,” not just lessons.   They also produced “The Math Gap,” which describes challenges in math education for adults.

Two little statistical gems:   ” …while 96% of educators believe they are delivering workforce-ready students, only 11% of U.S. employers agree. ”  This followed by ” When using OER specifically, 93% of educators saw equivalent or better learning outcomes across studies of 17,000 students.

A painfully obvious question:   are the educators in the second study like the ones in the first one, and believe they’re delivering work-ready students when they’re not?   If we focus on things that look closely “work related,” are we missing out on getting “future ready”?    Is Luminary Labs going to focus on those companies who compete for funding, or will they continue to support OER development?   Hand raised here 🙂 🙂 🙂

A little geogebra and then ride…