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Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

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Introducing laptops while not changing the teaching and learning paradigm is of little use, and may even produce negative academic outcomes. Next page: Why laptops are less than 1/6 of improving learning outcomes. The media might not be able to get past the question — but we in education need to dig deeper. On the surface, it seems logical. Laptops by themselves change little.

How Affective Data Could Change Learning Outcomes

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Patnoudes Reading and responding to students’ emotions could help boost engagement levels and academic performance. Big Data Business Intelligence Data Analytics

How IBM’s Watson and Cognitive Computing can Impact Education and Outcomes

EmergingEdTech

Future of Education Technology _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics cognitive computing in education enhancing learning outcomes Watson cognitive computing IBM education learning teaching technology watson supercomputer in educationHad IBM Returned to the Halcyon Days of Offering a Technology-Enhanced Tomorrow That Will Improve the Lives of Many? Watson says, “Yes” When I was a kid, IBM represented the exciting, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

Shifting the emphasis to outcomes, on the other hand, encourages experimentation so that there can be continuous improvement to achieve stated goals. Moving to a competency-based learning system—in which time becomes the variable and student learning the constant—is a positive step in the right direction if the outcomes are valid and rigorous. The Times has a valid point. Exactly.

Classroom Analytics Can Have Big Impact on Educational Outcomes

EdTech Magazine

By Mike Patterson Collecting student data can be a great source of insight, but best practices for privacy and security must be followed. Big Data Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics Data protection Security

Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities

Edsurge

If we want such activities to produce genuine student growth, instructional design must focus on learning outcomes as opposed to the activity itself. However, if we want such activities to produce genuine student growth, instructional design must focus on learning outcomes as opposed to the activity itself. It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. Kahoot!

Research Finds Poor Outcomes For Students Who Retake Courses Online

NPR Learning and Tech

But in the AIR study, because the teachers who supervised students were paid at their regular rate, whether they taught or not, offering the software-based courses actually cost schools more than teaching them face-to-face, with no better outcomes to show for it. High schools around the country are increasingly turning to external, for-profit providers for "online credit recovery." These courses, taken on a computer, offer students who have failed a course a second chance to earn credits they need for graduation, whether after school, in the summer, or during the school year.

Google Search Results to Include Student Outcomes Data from College Scorecard

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Alongside the address and brief Wikipedia synopsis they’ll find information related to student outcomes, such as the graduation rate and the average salary of the university’s graduates. The Department of Education has been  spreading the word about its new early FAFSA application, and next year the FAFSA will direct students to the College Scorecard so they can compare their financial aid estimates with school outcomes. College Abacus and Pell Abacus are also incorporating the outcomes data into their financial-planning tools. . Working with the U.S.

Too much technology could hurt learning outcomes

eSchool News

Students who use computers and learning technology at moderate levels tend to have better learning outcomes than students who use computers and learning technology rarely, according to new research from the OECD. Using computers and other learning technology too often can be detrimental to student performance, OECD says. Technology is the only way to dramatically expand access to knowledge.

Inputs Do Not Guarantee Outcomes: Getting Online Credit Recovery Right

Edsurge

Shifting the emphasis to outcomes, on the other hand, encourages experimentation so that there can be continuous improvement to achieve stated goals. Moving to a competency-based learning system—in which time becomes the variable and student learning the constant—is a positive step in the right direction if the outcomes are valid and rigorous. UC must do a better job on assessment and clearly define the outcomes students must master in any given course. The Times has a valid point. Graduation rates should not be the standard by which school districts are judged. Exactly.

NAIS Summit: 21st Century Skills & Outcomes #NAISDeepDive

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Our second session focused on: 21st century skills and outcomes, presented by Ken Kay & Charles Fadel. Full notes — 21st Century Skills & OutcomesNotes continued:  NAIS Summit on the Science of Learning and 21st Century Schools. How do we get a 1st grader from assignment A to assignment B? collaboration #revision #iteration #NAISDeepDive pic.twitter.com/k13cxvbabb — Stacey Roshan (@buddyxo) May 19, 2015. The 7 Steps for Education Leaders via @kenkay21 @EdLeader21 #NAISDeepDive pic.twitter.com/OEGVHD2blQ. Stacey Roshan (@buddyxo) May 19, 2015.

Every Outcome a Process

Reading By Example

A true process orientation also means being aware that every outcome is preceded by a process. -Dr. Writing is a canary in the coal mine, alerting us to gaps in our knowledge and skills as we travail toward an acceptable outcome. Ellen Langer, Mindfulness. Right now I am waist deep in writing my new book on digital student portfolios. It will be out at some point in 2017 with ASCD. What my experience has not provided is a strong understanding of using digital tools to assess student learning progress over time. Bass II. Two of these texts are steeped in technology.

How Music Education Can Lighten Kids’ Lives And Improve Learning Outcomes

MindShift

A group of 10- and 11-year-olds giggle as professional cellist Frederic Rosselet flexes his wrist as if he’s made of rubber. “ Really flexible in your wrist,” he tells the students. “It’s your arm basically that does the work.” ” The cello students at Downer Elementary School in San Pablo, Calif., Screeeech. It needs work. “Guys, wanna try that again?

Mastery Learning and Grading: Changing our Approach to Outcomes and Grades

EmergingEdTech

Imagine if Education Worked This Way in Most Schools … Back in 2011, I had been blogging about education for a couple of years and found myself thinking that while lots of tech tools showed. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

It’s time to ask how E-rate will impact learning outcomes

eSchool News

With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions. rate, officially known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was created to provide schools and libraries with an affordable way to obtain telecommunications, internet access and internet-related services. It became clear that E-rate was in need of a refresh.

Sharing Knowledge and Improving Outcomes with Sway– Åsa Girgensohn, Sweden

Daily Edventures

Åsa Girgensohn doesn’t see the growing dominance of personal technology in classrooms as a challenge to productivity. Instead, the ever-present mobile phones and tablets her students and their parents use are a window of opportunity. All my students and their … Continue reading →

How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together For Powerful Learning Outcomes

MindShift

This includes talking through choices and potential outcomes and then allowing the teen to make his own informed decisions. MindShift readers are often intrigued by new ideas and strategies being tried around the country, but many educators are also parents and know the huge role parents play in education. PARENTS ARE THE FIRST TEACHERS. TEENAGE YEARS. NEW TEACHING STRATEGIES. DYSLEXIA.

The Connections Between Computer Use and Learning Outcomes in Students

MindShift

Here’s the money quote: “Students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in most learning outcomes, even after controlling for social background and student demographics.” Learning software collects lots of information on student usage, which could in theory have made it possible to relate the time that students actually spent on the software to outcomes. A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement. ” That’s right.

Every Outcome a Process

Reading By Example

A true process orientation also means being aware that every outcome is preceded by a process. -Dr. Writing is a canary in the coal mine, alerting us to gaps in our knowledge and skills as we travail toward an acceptable outcome. Ellen Langer, Mindfulness. Right now I am waist deep in writing my new book on digital student portfolios. It will be out at some point in 2017 with ASCD. What my experience has not provided is a strong understanding of using digital tools to assess student learning progress over time. Bass II. Two of these texts are steeped in technology.

Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes

The Innovative Educator

In case you missed it, a wrong-minded study was released this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research that says that computer ownership does not affect educational outcomes. Although computer ownership and use increased substantially, we find no effects on any educational outcomes, including grades, test scores, credits earned, attendance and disciplinary actions.

Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Instead, personalized learning echoes calls for models that serve every student at all levels in each classroom. Many in the field pose the question, does blended learning work?

School Leaders as Readers: Education for Outcome

Reading By Example

This single minded pursuit of one outcome or another, from tying shoelaces to getting into Harvard, makes it difficult to have a mindful attitude about life.” The following passage is my most recent post I shared in our Goodreads community, School Leaders as Readers. This fall we are reading Mindfulness by Ellen Langer. If you are a school leader, I encourage you to join the group.

Flipped Classroom Pilot Results in 14.5 Percent Fewer DFW Grades

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Piloted Course Offerings With Flipped Lessons Consistently Yield Better Outcomes Having seen increasing data supporting the effectiveness of flipped teaching and learning techniques throughout 2012. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

How to Use Facebook Live for Learning: 5 Outcomes, 4 Things to Remember, 4 Mistakes to Avoid, 1 Great Video

The Innovative Educator

It's no secret that livestreaming video that can be viewed later, is an incredibly powerful learning tool. In fact @MarkBarnes19 explained in this #HackLearning podcast , that livestreaming has the potential to break down the walls of school. The problem is that despite we know this is true, it hasn't. The question is why? The answer. Because it's not that simple. That has all changed.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

The government should learn from its lessons and shift from funding based on inputs to focusing on incentivizing the outcomes it would like to see from higher education. Many of the so-called outcome-based regulation efforts in the states have in fact been more focused on the simple output of student graduation, but not the true underlying quality of the programs such that these regulatory efforts may be creating some perverse incentives for colleges and universities. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks. But a government-driven assessment program is unlikely to work.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”. Instead, by establishing an ideal vision of learning in a tech-free world, schools and edtech companies stand to more effortlessly deploy technology in a manner that predictably drives outcomes in the long run.

Aim for individual mastery and the rest will follow

The Christensen Institute

But it also conflates inputs with outcomes. Indeed, the apparent tension between standards and personalization dissolves if we can better delineate prescriptive inputs and desired outcomes. In an attempt to codify the often-vague concept of personalization, however, champions risk fixating on enumerating the inputs of personalized learning approaches, in turn losing laser-like focus on the outcomes we’re hoping such approaches can achieve. Personalized learning is a process, not an outcome. Standards, on the other hand, represent an outcome, not an input.

Improve Math Learning Outcomes by Building a Data-Driven Culture

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00 ) Hear how former Superintendent, Dr. Gregory Firn, incorporated technology to build a data-driven culture that improved. Techlearning Events Webinars

To Grade or not to Grade? Exploring the Great Grading Controversy

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Competency Based Education Future of Education Technology competency based grading how to end traditional grading how to move to outcomes based grading the end of grading as we know it the most important change we can make to school teachingSome ambitious educator(s) even. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

Centrality of competencies, learning outcomes, and assessments. In an online, competency-based program, faculty and instructional designers start by identifying the competencies students must master to achieve the desired learning outcomes and then work through each to understand how a student would demonstrate mastery of those objectives. A few weeks  ago, I discussed why law schools need to respond to the changing marketplace for legal services and legal education. One way to do this is to think about legal education from a blank slate. The possibilities abound.

Starting the School Year off Right: Teaching Good Note-Taking Skills

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When students have strong note-taking skills, that translates into better study habits, better learning outcomes, and better retention of knowledge. Inside the Classroom better learning outcomes better retention of knowledge better study habits Cornell note-taking system good note-taking skills guided notes important skills for students note-taking note-taking strategies

Not Yet Blended Learning

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“There’s really one good question to gauge the outcome of a student’s educational experience. Does the student want to learn more?" - Seymour Sarason

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This quote was referenced in a discussion online, but I haven't been able to verify that it's accurately attributed. But it does seem pedagogically accurate to me. Another way to say this, as I've heard Pat Farenga remark, is that you can tell the quality of the learning by who asks the questions: the teachers or the students. These quotes describe a version of learning that might be called "liberatory" (liberal, or "freeing") of the individual mind. Of course, in juxtaposition, there is mandatory or forced learning, which is "compulsory" and more communal. Education Quotes

Personalizing Learning for Today’s Students

MiddleWeb

Book Reviews Personalized Learning Allison Zmuda cross-disciplinary outcomes Diane Ullman digital resources disciplinary outcomes Greg Curtis Matt Renwick mindsets personalized learning student driven learning task frames WileyLearning Personalized is a resource that does not shy away from wading into the messiness that is true learning. Educators can deeply explore the book, one chunk at a time, to create learning experiences that appeal to all types of students.

Majority of schools in Ohio report using blended learning

The Christensen Institute

The top reasons for implementing blended learning were also strong and in line with our observations across the country: create/facilitate personalized learning (73 percent), provide more course choices (58 percent), and improve student academic outcomes (53 percent). Education Blog Amplify Blended learning digital learning Disrupting Class disruptive innovation education reform education transformation elementary school high schools hybrid learning hybrids Learning Accelerator Ohio Ohio Blended Learning Network online learning student outcomes sustaining innovation

Voluntary Summer Learning Programs Improve Outcomes

K-12 Schools - Education News

However, it could become a time when this group of students could improve their outcomes when given additional opportunities. Grades, achievement test scores in math and language arts, measures of social and emotional skills, and year-round attendance and suspension rates were all determined in order to track school-year outcomes. K-12 Schools RAND Corporation Summer Slide

Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan Survey data from this year shows that educators think immersive learning experiences can improve student outcomes. Classroom Curriculum Hardware

Turning Classroom Tech Into More Than an Expensive Paperweight

EdTech Magazine

Technology alone will not improve outcomes for students. By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Classroom Leadership Management

Discovering the Unexpected Elements of Classroom Mobility

EdTech Magazine

By Amy Brown Tablets, notebooks and, yes, even smartphones can improve learning outcomes, but only if schools plan deployment carefully. Hardware Mobile Apps Mobility Notebooks

10 Questions to Ask Before Installing a New Educational App

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan This checklist will help teachers select apps that not only improve learning outcomes but also align with school and district technology goals. Classroom Curriculum Management Mobile Apps Mobility