Forms of Attention: Distant Reading & Discipline from Laura Mandell

This keynote lecture by Laura Mandell discusses the different forms attention can take.  The lecture was taken from the first ever Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies symposium, and features an introduction from Lisa L. Moore. Watch the keynote below, or see our post on

Harvard Talk: Reimagining Education with the Khan Academy Founder

Join Sal Khan – founder of the innovative Khan Academy – in this discussion on how online learning is transforming modern education.  This talk is taken from his appearance at the Askwith Forum on May 8th. Watch below, or check out our post on

How Today’s Tech is Shaping Tomorrow’s Students

Amanda Lenhart directs the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s research on teens, children and families. Her other research interests include education, gaming, and networked communication tools like mobile phones, social networks, blogging and microblogging. For her research about and knowledge of youth and their use of technology, Ms. Lenhart has testified before a congressional […]

Using Wikis in Education

Check out this lecture with Brad Hemminger at the University of North Carolina! In this hour-long presentation (part of the UNC – Chapel Hill “Information In Life” series), Hemminger walks us through examples of different wiki software, services, classroom wikis and the advantages/disadvantages of using wikis in the classroom. View the video below, or check […]

Methods for Teaching Science with Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman, a physicist who won the Nobel prize in 2001, shares his insights on teaching science.  In this presentation at the University of Virginia, Wieman presents his thoughts in an overarching presentation, and then leads workshops for faculty and students. Watch the video below, or see our post on

Norman Atkins on Reforming Education Reform

In this Harvard lecture, Norman Atkins shares his advice for the next generation of education reformers as they seek to remake schools, teaching as a profession, technology education, and more. Watch the video below, or see our post on

TED: Child-Driven Education with Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra is an educational scientist studying the difficult problem that the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most.  By giving students around the world “self-supervised access to the web,” Mitra saw amazing results. Watch below as Sugata Mitra (winner of the 2013 TED Prize) shares his dream.  Or, see our post […]

Addressing the High School Dropout Crisis

In this panel moderated by HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney, the Harvard Black Alumni Society met to discuss the high school dropout crisis.  High school dropouts are on the decline, but we still have work to do in order to get closer to complete graduation for all students in the nation. Watch the video below, or […]

Dropout Nation: America’s Public Education Reform

Today, on Wisconsin Public Radio, I heard the term “Dropout Nation” for the first time.  After checking out the Nation Center for Statistics, it’s clear to see that even though dropout rates have lowered in the last 10 years, we’re still leaving 7-12% of those aged 16-24 without a high school degree or equivalent.  Interestingly, […]