The Learning Model Canvas for Edtech Entrepreneurs


Using Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas as inspiration, we have developed the Learning Model Canvas as a way for education startups to map out the logic of their learning models. It can take years and millions of dollars of randomized control trials to show true cause and effect for an educational product. But entrepreneurs can use tools like the learning canvas to organize their thoughts and identify leading indicators that learning improvements might be taking place.

Possible Canadas interview

Possible Canadas is an e-book recently released by Reos Partners, in partnership with a bunch of Canadian philanthropic foundations.

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The book tackles tough problems through a series of interviews. I was happy to be included. Here are some thoughts on the future of education in Canada; what went right, what went wrong, and how shameful it is that we still don’t fund Aboriginal education on par with the rest of Canada.

Mexic-Arte Museum

I was in Austin recently for SXSWedu and took a break to stroll through the Mexic-Arte Museum on Congress. It’s a small place but is full of excellent contemporary art.



This is a uniquely Southern American museum; there is nothing quite like this in Canada (although there is some kick-ass contemporary Aboriginal art). For the first time they are staying open during SXSW proper, so I hope people get a chance to visit. In past years they’ve emptied the space and rented the unit out to corporations as an event space. It’s way better with art in it.

Youth Hackathon Playbook Hits the Web for Free

Originally posted on the MaRS blog here


While hackathons have long been a favourite way for tech companies to quickly prototype new ideas, the model is not well known to educators. It’s a shame, because hackathons are an ideal way to model the elusive holy grail of inquiry-based learning or connected learning, where student interests drive the learning process.

As we think about how to best prepare our students for a rapidly changing economy, events like EdAppHack must be given space to flourish inside classrooms. Student concerns, desires and interests (rather than textbooks) should be used as fuel to drive the learning process forward.

The Youth Hackathon Playbook is a step-by-step guide for educators who are interested in hosting a two-day inquiry-based idea jam or hackathon. The format allows students to solve problems quickly by creating and testing prototypes of apps or non-technical products. Activities include:


Black Swan

Is the name of my new project with Adam Axbey.

This is Adam playing “In The Pines”

And this is me trying to do two things at once (because being in a band with two people is not a successful strategy):

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