Proof that lesson plans are the key to changing education

One of the core ideas in Warmer Sun is that we need to enable PETs (that’s Parents, Educators, Teachers) to focus on the right material and the key to doing that is to provide them with detailed, step by step intructioins and accompanying resources — which are otherwise called lesson plans.


Here are some examples to prove that I’m on the right track:

TinkerineU

Tinkerine, a local 3D printer manufacturer, is pushing into education and has created TinkerineU which seems to be a market place for lesson plans using 3D printers in a classroom. They seeded it with content, which is mostly a video version of their user’s guide… and opened it up for submissions. They incentize by allowing authors to charge a small fee for their creations. It will be interesting to see how this succeeds. In my little research people in the maker education community are pretty open to sharing their progress and usually not see it as a source of profit or lost income if they do.

Wolfram

Wolfram has also made announcements about the upcoming launch of their WOLFRAM Programming Lab.

They are targeting K12 age group and letting them explore computation and the cognitive systems. (Also ties in nicely with Computer Based Math aka CBM)

MakerKids

These like minded folks on the East coast also see sharing their activities in the form of repeatable lesson plans as they way to grow and scale.

Idea

Because we accumulate knowledge faster and faster it will be hard to keep up with subjects. There is a lot of research in computer assisted learning. (think MOOCs, Global Learning XPrize etc.)

How about computer assisted teaching — though I don’t like the word “teaching”.

Why not let artificial intelligence help educators by

  • monitoring the vast fields of emerging technology
  • creating lesson plans

IBM Watson has already been used to cook up recepies

So why not use Watson to write lesson plans?


Some final thoughts:

No business plan survives first contact with customers
(Steve Blank)

To paraphrase him: No lesson plan survives first contact with students.

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