Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. A growing corps of entrepreneurs, supported by record-setting investments in education, are creating new technologies, experimenting with business models, and living their own bouts of euphoria and terror.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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Alignment of Data Standards for Describing Learning Objectives When applying the Google Maps metaphor to learner navigation, the points of interest on the map are competencies—the things that a person can learn, such as skills, knowledge, dispositions, and habits of practice. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. A common set of academic standards could alleviate the discovery issue, but several states have withdrawn from the Common Core State Standards and decided to adopt their own. Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in SchoolFor over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER).

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What Makes Professional Development Work?

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Technology and Professional Development. Whether face to face, virtual, or both, technology has the potential to personalize professional learning for teachers. Most recently, she founded Abbott Advisor Group and focused on providing strategic planning and visioning and policy development for the role of educational technology in education innovation and transformation for federal and state governments, businesses, and non-profits.

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

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It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. They are roughly half of the students enrolled at Longview’s specialized elementary school, which has higher academic standards. By many accounts , the turning point came when James Wilcox was hired as superintendent in 2007. Longview ISD built eight schools, renovated three others and upgraded technology across the district.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

A study in 2007 found that general education teachers in a teacher preparation program reported taking an average of 1.5 Because of time constraints, the many academic standards that must be taught, and a lack of support, “teachers are not only hesitant to implement individualized instruction, but they do not even know how to do so,” the report stated. And year after year they score far lower than their peers on standardized exams.