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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 expertise gained from 50-plus years in education and technology. He takes listeners behind Apple's major research studies, Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) and ACOT2, highlighting the powerful effects of the Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) framework. Going beyond Apple's walls, he also introduces some of the extraordinary parents, educators, and entrepreneurs from around the world who are already utilizing new science-backed methods and technologies to benefit all children, from those who struggle to honor students.

©2018 John Couch and Jason Towne (P)2018 Tantor

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An important call to action

Couch takes us through his time at Apple (though he does not focus on Apple products - it’s not a commercial), and essentially a history of Ed Tech. Then, he brilliantly wraps the narrative into a call to action for “rewiring” Education. As an Ed Tech Specialist, I can say that I see what he’s seeing, and I agree with his foresight. We NEED to make a conscious, concerted effort to adapt Education to the 21st century. It’s long overdue.

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important read for reform minded educators

Not only did I come away from the reading with refined and new ideas about education, but also with plenty of research papers, technologies & companies, and books to read next as follow-up. The writers are sharp and forward-thinking.

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Eye Opener

I picked up this book and was amazed how our education system is out of touch with our students. As a community college instructor, I have challenged myself to look for ways to create passions in my students and to find alternate ways to teach them. Thank you I really enjoyed the common sense approach you used to get your point across.

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Anecdotal and contradicts recent research

This book is more like TED talk. It is very basic and includes several theories such as multiple inteligencias and learning styles that are proven to be false science

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Great listen

This book will help me change how I have looked at education. I need to be part of the change for the better to our futures education!

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Wish narrator was more lively but great content.

Loved the intertwining between the possibilities and what is already available. Grounded in common sense and I truly believe some of the ideas need to be implemented to today’s educational process.

Intentional stayed away from using ‘educational system’ because what we have today is missing the mark and not worth calling anything but a derailed train that has so much momentum it’s hard to stop.

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Good but too much apple

The first half of the book was fantastic. Second half started to feel a little but like an advertisement for apple. I wish it was a bit more product agnostic but otherwise very informative.

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must read for parents and teachers

had to read for a college class as a parent and teacher yhis book open academic technology up in so many ways.

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I would like to buy a copy for the entire staff

This book lays out exactly what we need to understand to change our paradigm of education. There is a lot of backlash for using too much technology, but when will we get backlash for teaching students content or skills that will never be of any use in their future? As head of Ed Tech at my school, the road is long and hard, but when I think about how we can do so much more for our students, books like this make me optimistic and willing to fight the good fight.

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Very good information for Parents

The book share a lot le good information about the changes education needs and also helps parents to make decitions with education of our Children with tech

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awesome read

a great insight into integrating technology into the education system and the need for change