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May 14, 2017

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  • Intro 0 - 8.30, weekly shout outs via We are at ASU GSV and Katapult Tech this week ASU GSV and Katapult Tech and Japan Prize (The Japan Prize Edu Resources - it's free and you might get flown to Tokyo! (more details below)) this week 
  • Interview with Ted Fujimoto, President, Landmark Consulting Group, Co-Chair of Right To Succeed talking about: 

    • How do you scale innovation?

    • What’s wrong with most schools?

    • Why is charter school vs. district school the wrong argument?

    • What’s the chronology for success?

    • Why is music so exciting for learning?

Sample quotations:

We’re obsessed about the biology of engagement 


I launched Landmark in my freshman year in college and by the time I graduated i employed almost 30 employees. 

It’s about looking for holes.

The highest performing schools put relationships first.

There is so much edtech... I would say a lot of it is very poorly designed.

It’s like a community of one star motels trying to be a five star hotel without having ever been to one

I’ve probably visited about 3000 charter schools.’

We have invested, Through my clients, over a $1bn dollars in innovative school spaces and real estate

People are so obsessed with coding. Coding, i’m afraid, is going to be the keyboarding classes that we had.

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Next up, a word from ClassCentral which if you’re into geeking out over online learning and MOOC reports like I am you’ll probably already know about! 

It's been more than half a decade since free online courses from Stanford kicked off the modern-MOOC or massive online open courses movement. Since then more than 700 universities around the world have launched MOOCS, used by over 60 million people. Gaining insight into this fast paced world is worth spending time on (especially for those implicated by such changes). That’s where Class Central comes in. 
Class Central launched at the end of 2011, and has kept track of the MOOC space right from the beginning. Not only does it list 7000+ courses, making it the #1 search engine for online courses, but the excellent MOOC report blog has deep analysis on what’s up, down, new or just slightly leftfield. With over 500+ articles written, Class Central has the most comprehensive coverage of the MOOC Industry.
I came across Class Central when I was preparing for a Department for International Trade webinar I was speaking on and found it invaluable. Since then, I met founder Dhawal Shah out at SXSWedu and he was excited to share the resource with all
of you. So definitely go and check it out at and let me know what you think! 

This is an easy one for me as I regularly use Glisser at events because I frankly find it a bit WEIRD when there are people staring at you but you ignore them! Glisser is an audience engagement platform, and they also have an education offer for socialising lectures where they take regular PowerPoint or Keynote presentations and push each slide out live to student’s mobile devices as they are presented. Professors, administrators and students get valuable data on where information is really engaging, or needs reworking and staff and students can interact through the deck. You can check them out at 


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