How does anybody get past a principal or district employee’s receptionist when it’s your first time calling, or actually get a call back if you do leave a message?  I’m only trying to talk to them about piloting for me, but if I can’t get a hold of anybody that’s the first puzzle. Do benefits […]

A lot of attention was given to the military strategy of the surge, as used in the American engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan.   The concept is as follows: amp up the military resources in the area to quickly make a lot of progress in achieving goals (namely, suppressing the military opposition).  If effective, then enough […]

I just did a comprehensive of what argumentative writing tools and resources there are available for teachers.  Here’s what I’ve found: Lots of essay outlines and templates available online. Plenty of books on argumentative writing, many of which I’ve looked at: Teaching Argument Writing by George Hillocks, Jr., who inspired another generation of English and […]

This post is about Mootup, the product we’ve been building that I’ve been trying to introduce to the educational world.  It’s at Mootup.com for anybody to go see what it does.   This post is about why I think it SHOULD work. Most (but not all) students dread writing assignments.  Mootup is enough of a twist […]

Here’s a quick list I brainstormed of the challenges I’ve been trying to overcome in launching Mootup.  I won’t dive into the details of what my product does, but it’s educational technology – specifically a tool for teachers.  So that means that my purchasing decision makers are mostly in district offices, but my USERS are […]

A few years ago, a friend of mine and I spent a lot of time playing around with ideas for a debate website, and we even formed a company around the idea we had.  My friend was the one with the web development skills, and similar to my current situation, struggled to find time to […]

My objective in this blog is to document the highs and lows I’ve experienced in trying to launch an educational technology startup.  I don’t want this to only be me journaling.  I want to drive discussion on this blog on the topics I bring up.  I want feedback.  I want ideas.  I want people to […]