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School Districts Have Tripled Spending on Adaptive Learning Technology

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By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Data-driven personalized learning can be done with popular classroom tools and a proper infrastructure. Business Intelligence Classroom Curriculum Data Analytics Digital Content Personalized Learning

When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

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Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. After pointing out that many of the folks who are investigating “personalized learning”—including both MindWires and EdSurge—have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the article goes on to quote grantee after grantee saying variations of the same thing: “Meh.

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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

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Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The mission of the OLC DLIAwards is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” says Kathleen Ives, the CEO and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. Fulé and her colleague Don Carter, the university’s director of e-learning, launched the.

Personalized Learning and the Tech to Make It Happen #SXSWedu

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Personalized Learning and the Tech to Make It Happen SXSWedu 2017 Panel One of the most promising ideas in education right now is personalized learning—providing instruction that is meaningful and contextualized for every student. The rapid growth of edtech is making it easier to transform schools and classrooms into environments that support individualized learning, but success requires a thoughtful, strategic approach.

Personalization and Super Learners: An Interview with Istation's Richard Collins

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Istation , Collins is intent on sparking that same love of learning in new generations of students, while creating opportunities for them to succeed in school and, by extension, life. So in 1998, he and seven colleagues launched an animated e-learning platform designed to engage elementary and middle school students in math, reading and Spanish curriculum while supporting teachers with assessment tools. To do that you need to have personalization and innovation.

Against the 3A’s of EdTech: AI, Analytics, and Adaptive Technologies in Education

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I can see evidence around me that AI (Artificial Intelligence), Analytics and Adaptive Learning are being pushed in the education field, but I have a strong aversion to all of them, mainly on ethical grounds. But I’d like to explain this a little more from my personal perspective, in a way that’s focused on pedagogical considerations (so I am not focused on surveillance capitalism or the hegemony of Silicon Valley, which others above speak much more eloquently about).

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. Khan Academy videos coupled with IXL exercises aligned to standards we were learning in class.

Five New Year's Resolutions Every Teacher Should Make

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Here are my five resolutions for the 2016 - 2017 school year: 1. The instructional technology space is a fabulous way to find and interact with personal learning communities and leverage other experts in your field. Sure, each tool and toy looked cool at the time. When my ignorance became obvious, I decided to learn more about my Muslim students, their culture and holidays.

K-12 Dealmaking: Apple Acquires Learnsprout; Pearson, Knewton Turn to Adaptive Math

Marketplace K-12

Recent dealmaking news includes acquisitions by Apple and Excelligence Learning, and partnership between Pearson and Knewton. Excelligence Learning Acquires Really Good Stuff: Brentwood Associates -backed Excelligence Learning Corp. Really Good Stuff is a multi-channel marketer of classroom products and teaching tools used primarily in grades K-8. Reibel went on to serve as CEO of Amplify Learning before leaving News Corp in last year.

Loop Learnings: A Year of Insights from Digital Learning Leaders

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Each week, available members opt in for a video call with a peer in their cohort of instructional designers or cohort of deans, directors and provosts of digital learning. Together they’ve held over 500 hours of digital learning discussion and the anniversary week was our most popular week yet—these conversations just keep getting more valuable. So what have Loop members learned in a year of exchanging knowledge? The future is adaptive. adaptive learning.

Amid Struggles, Knewton Names Former Pearson Exec as New CEO

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Knewton pioneered adaptive-learning technology and amassed more than $157 million in venture capital, but lately the company has weathered through the loss of publishing partners and the departure of its outspoken founder. I got called by a recruiter about three months ago, and he mentioned adaptive,” Kibby says. “I What’s attractive about Knewton,” he continues, “is that it is the most recognized personalized-learning brand in the world.”

Have a Bold Idea for Education? Here's How to Apply for Funding from NewSchools

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A venture philanthropy, NewSchools raises funds from donors and reinvests them in people who want to reimagine learning. To achieve that goal, today we opened funding opportunities across all our investment areas—Innovative Schools, Tools & Services, and Diverse Leaders. We attracted a great deal of interest from potential ventures, and over the past year, we learned a lot. Check out our new edtech research portal that illuminates many of the lessons we’ve learned.

Not Another Dashboard: K-12 Interoperability Efforts Aim to Inform (Not Just Report)

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Yet as teachers and students interact with a growing collection of digital tools and services, making data systems “talk” to each other has become a priority. This was one of the needs behind the development of Ed-Fi , a set of education data tools and standards, in 2011 with support from the Dell Foundation. As today’s education technology tools are used more frequently to drive instruction, expectations have grown for how data can support teaching and learning.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. CYPHER LEARNING NEO LMS ( www.cypherlearning.com ) CYPHER LEARNING announced the launch of the Windows app for its product NEO LMS.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. More often than not, these platforms also come with a series of tools that enable their users to build their own products, services, and marketplaces.

'The Brave Little Surveillance Bear' and Other Stories We Tell About Robots Raising Children

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I delivered this talk today at the NMC Summer 2017 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To borrow from “ Norman’s Law of eLearning Tool Convergence ,” no matter the stories we tell about innovation, no matter the predictions we make about disruption, in time everything in ed-tech becomes indistinguishable from the learning management system. It has profound implications for how we teach and learn.

It’s Not Just Teachers: Tech Coaches Must Become Facilitators, Too

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The theme was personalized learning and heading into the conference I anticipated gaining a broader view of technology products promising to provide adaptive learning experiences for all students. Instead, the deep conversations around professional learning for teachers left me wondering how I could redefine my role to better support teachers in making learning personal for students. Now we see peer-to-peer learning in action.

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

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How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? How do you learn about new edtech products? It’s the Twitter chat for the Digital Learning Network. Join the Digital Learning Network to get updates about all upcoming chats. Physical Class Design #DLNchat: Accessibility and Digital Learning #DLNchat: Experiential Learning in the Digital Realm #DLNchat: Is PowerPoint still relevant?

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

Engaging students and personalizing instruction with technology requires IT and instructional experts to work effectively , together, outside of their traditional silos. Let’s start with what personalized learning is — or should be — and go from there. MORE FROM EDTECH: See where K–12 schools can turn to for personalized learning resources. So, how can teams get to the point where everyone is on board with the personalized learning program and goals? .

How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

“Technology use must, first and foremost, be designed to support learning goals, not the other way around.”. Ottenbreit-Leftwich in their 2013 study of authentic technology-enabled learning, highlights the main challenge coaches face when trying to support teachers using technology. When we first began coaching, we would get really excited about sharing cutting-edge technology tools. It was tempting to let that excitement get in the way of what really matters: learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017.” ” A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union raises interesting questions about the ownership of student data : “Exam scripts and examiner’s corrections are personal data of the exam candidate.” Via Business Insider : “Online learning may be the future of education – we compared 4 platforms that are leading the way.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” ” The school, eVersity , will seek approval from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission , an organization that accredits mostly for-profit institutions, rather than the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits the rest of public higher ed in Arkansas. ” Via Education Week : “New Tool Alerts Teachers When Students Give Up on Tests.”

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. Diagnostic products and software systems that target specific areas of learning for improvement can help students find success, freeing educators to help every learner reach their personal best within one classroom. These out-of-the-box blended learning solutions can also help nontraditional students find their own paths. TOOLS THEY USE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS, TN ?

Hack Education Weekly News

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. ” “The California State Legislature is now considering two bills that would build a database firewall to block the flow of personal information from state and local government to federal efforts to deport immigrants and register people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” according to the EFF.

Voice-Based English Tutoring App MyBuddy Merges With a Friend: Edwin

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The heads of the two companies knew each other, and last year MyBuddy started to build its own language-learning curriculum to add to its offerings. Edwin developed sophisticated adaptive learning technology for English as a foreign language,” says Crewkow.

Has Online Learning Really Disrupted K-12 Education in the U.S.? The Answer Is Yes — and No

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Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in U.S. Does all this online learning mean disruption has occurred in K-12 education?

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

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With the rapid spread of COVID-19, educators across the country and around the world have been tasked with shifting to emergency remote teaching—a move from in-person to remote classes made necessary by pressing circumstances. Additionally, most digital tools and apps are not very accessible.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Congratulations, STEM folks and learn-to-code evangelists, for being featured in President Trump’s list of his 2017 accomplishments. I dunno… Via Techcrunch : “ IBM led on patents in 2017, Facebook broke into top 50 for the first time.” Subscription boxes for teachers are somehow “ personalized learning.” “Is Personalized Learning the Next Big Thing in K–12 Philanthropy?” Billion in 2017.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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“High school students will be allowed to carry mace in the 2016–2017 school year after the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education agreed to remove prohibitive language and amend its policy,” the Salisbury Post reports. The learn-to-code company Treehouse has launched “Techdegrees,” “a guided-learning experience designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country.” Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. You can learn anything online, Siegler argued.