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Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student's Potential

John Couch Jason Towne Steve Wozniak



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BenBella Books
01 August 2018
Teaching skills & techniques; Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
What if we could unlock the potential in every child? As it turns out, we can.

Apple's iconic cofounder Steve Jobs had a powerful vision for education: employing technology to make an enormous impact on the lives of millions of students. To realize this vision, Jobs tapped John D. Couch, a trusted engineer and executive with a passion for education. Couch believed the real purpose of education was to help children discover their unique potential and empower them to reach beyond their perceived limitations.

Today, technology is increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives, rewiring our homes, our jobs, and even our brains. Most important, it presents an opportunity to rewire education to enrich and strengthen our schools, children, and society In Rewiring Education, Couch shares the professional lessons he's learned during his 50-plus years in education and technology. He takes us behind Apple's major research study, Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), and its follow-up (ACOT 2), highlighting the powerful effects of the Challenge-Based Learning framework. Going beyond Apple's walls, he also introduces us to some of the most extraordinary parents, educators, and entrepreneurs from around the world who have ignored the failed promises of memorization and, instead, utilize new science-backed methods and technologies that benefit all children, from those who struggle to honor students.

Rewiring Education presents a bold vision for the future of education, looking at promising emerging technologies and how we-as parents, teachers, and voters-can ensure children are provided with opportunities and access to the relevant, creative, collaborative, and challenging learning environments they need to succeed.
By:   John Couch, Jason Towne
Foreword by:   Steve Wozniak
Imprint:   BenBella Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781944648435
ISBN 10:   1944648437
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John D. Couch, Apple's first Vice President of Education, has always been a proponent of personalized learning. Couch was recruited by Steve Jobs in 1978, becoming Apple's 54th employee. He left in 1984 to help a struggling K-12 school in San Diego that is now a National Blue Ribbon School. At Jobs's request, Couch returned to Apple in 2002, tasked with bringing education into the digital age. He was Apple's representative to President Obama's National Education Technology Plan and ConnectEd initiative and has been awarded a Distinguished Alumni from the University of California, Berkeley and an honorary doctorate from the University of Philadelphia for Innovation in Education. Jason Towne is research fellow at Harvard University where he focuses on motivation, learning, and technology. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Conversations with America's Best Teachers, in which he interviewed 18 National of the Year Award winners and nominees about what they do differently. Towne received his BS degree in Public Policy and graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 2009. He earned his Master's degree in Education from Harvard in 2015 where he studied motivational psychology and education technology, co-directed the prestigious Harvard Innovative Ventures in Education (HIVE) program, and won the coveted Harvard Leadership in Education Award. Prior to Harvard, he was an executive for the YMCA overseeing youth development.

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