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Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. Through this work, we see powerful examples of innovation across education — from students creating their own virtual reality (VR) films, to researchers working with technology developers to improve edtech efficacy, to educators rethinking their own professional development with the use of micro-credentials.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

As we consider how best to scale practices like theirs more broadly across the K–12 education sector, what can we learn from their examples about motivating teachers to embrace change? She then found her sense of efficacy to affect change with the support of consultants from Education Elements. That experience convinced her of the value of personalized learning, but she found her ability to personalize hit a ceiling without the help of technology.

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4 Powerful Game Mechanics Driving Higher Achievement in Math

MIND Research Institute

Access to technology is not enough to improve student learning. Other studies on various education technology programs show varying amounts of impact. Why do we see such a range in the impact of education technology on student test scores?

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Using the Instructional Model Design , the Ed Elements team brings deep expertise, examples from other districts, and design-thinking processes to help schools create their unique designs. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools.

An Open Letter to Appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos

Edsurge

My work has exposed me to philanthropy, non-profit policy organizations, public schools, charter networks, and state departments of education where I have seen both success and failure when change was not implemented correctly. Betsy, this is why I am writing to you today, as you embark on your mission to “make American education great again” or, as I believe, prepared for the future. Increasing the pipeline of high quality individuals entering education.

Communications Tips for School Leaders

Edsurge

There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Anthony Kim is the founder & CEO of Education Elements, a education consultancy. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

‘Where We Went Wrong’ Atlanta Educators Reflect on ‘Failed’ Tech Implementation

Edsurge

Five years into a massive transition to a personalized learning model, Educators at Fulton County School District in Georgia are scratching their heads wondering where they went wrong. Through a special-purpose local option sales tax , the district hoped to raise over $200 million to add 65,000 devices in schools by 2017. We talked about personalized learning, and then we talked about devices, so teachers had the impression that personalized learning meant technology.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Go with your gut and make your words pop Too often, vision-setting can fall prey to the language of “education strate-gese,” that stock of familiar words and phrases that get you comfortably out of a conversation and keep heads nodding (e.g. “we

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Go with your gut and make your words pop Too often, vision-setting can fall prey to the language of “education strate-gese,” that stock of familiar words and phrases that get you comfortably out of a conversation and keep heads nodding (e.g. “we

Framework: Ed Elements on the ‘Core Four’ Foundations of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

The consulting firm Education Elements designated four factors as the keys to successfully integrating a personalized learning model, based on its experience with 100 districts, 300 schools and 300,000 students. Those four elements—flexible content and tools, targeted instruction, data-driven decisions and student reflection and ownership—are the Core Four of Personalized Learning. Educators are encouraged to personalize the program based on their needs and strengths.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a “rethink schools” tour. ” “What DeVos Got Wrong in Her Speech on the ’ Dear Colleague’ Letter ,” Scott Schneider writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education. Education in the Courts. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ U. ” asks Education Week.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. “To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “The Education Department Quietly Invited Anti-LGBT Groups To A Father’s Day Event.” State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education.

Saturday is the Online Global Student Conference - "STEM + Entrepreneurship" (plus we make our call for volunteers!)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This Saturday, March 4th (Sunday, March 5th, in parts of the world) is the 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference , this year's annual student-organized global conference, being held online and featuring student presenters and a student keynote speaker (with a couple of adult keynote speakers who shepherd youth projects thrown in for good measure)! Currently there are 26 student presentations from India, Singapore, Ukraine, Canada, Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Jordan, and the USA. Wow. All (including adults!) are welcome. Sign up at [link] to attend. Below You Will Find: More information on the conference; A full list of the current student sessions is below (with more still coming in!); Information on the keynote speakers; A call for volunteer session moderators. THE CONFERENCE The 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of best practices in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship in schools and other academic settings, including: Fostering a better understanding of how STEM and entrepreneurship engage students, teachers, and administrators in a conversation about learning. Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how STEM and entrepreneurship impact learning both in and out of the classroom. Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about STEM + entrepreneurship in the curriculum. CURRENTLY ACCEPTED STUDENT SESSIONS A Cross-Cultural Game Design Process Abroad by Sabeha Ahmed, Patience Boateng, Victor Salinas, and Christian Melendez Grade: High School- Juniors and Seniors - Global Kids (New York, New York, USA) AP Statistics Video Project - Body Image by Josephine Olivia Scherer and Erin Odegaard Orletsky Grade: 12th - The Academy of Our Lady of Peace and Saint Augustine High Schools (San Diego, CA) Applications of VR in Education - Enhancing Physics Simulations by Rishi Upadhyay Grade: 11th - Monta Vista High School (California, USA) Build Your Legacy Entrepreneurship Competition by Sarah Hohman and Ellianna Fry Grade: 12th - North Penn-Mansfield Jr./Sr. High School-Southern Tioga School District (Pennsylvania, United States) CLASS: Connected Learning Activities through Social Service by Abhijith K.S. Grade: 9th - St. Albert's Higher Secondary School (India) Connecting Science and Business: Integrating 3-D Printing into School Clubs and Encouraging Innovation by Sanjana Akula Grade: 11th - Biotechnology High School (Freehold, New Jersey (United States)) Connecting Wechat and Education by Victoria Liu Grade: 11th - OurEDU (California, USA) Creating a video game which includes educational elements by Yaşar Baturalp Artar and Tunahan Sari Grade: 10th - Nesibe Aydin Schools (Middle East, Europe and USA) Finding and Using Great Open Source Media by Margaret "Laney" Blair Grade: 11th - Harrison School for the Arts (USA) Flies and Phenotypes: Our Genetics Lab Experience by Cheyenne Brooks and Eunice Daudu Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA) Focus on how to BE Social, not on how to DO Social. by Simran Sehdev Grade: XI - Kamla Nehru Public School (India) Health Application using Sensors by Chloe Young with Aeron Young (8th Grade, Hwa Chong Institution) Grade: 6th - Temasek Primary School (Republic of Singapore, Asia) How high school students are already making a difference toward the detection of gravitational waves. by Valeria Ventura Subirachs Grade: 9th - Freeport High School/ Pulsar search collaboratory (Freeport, NY) How We Created Our School's First S.T.E.M. Week by Cheyenne Brooks and Kimora Kong Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA) Interactive presentations in learning by Darina Prokopenko and Anastasia Koroliuk Grade: 9th - Kharkiv gymnasium 14 (Ukraine) Iota Piscium - the app to safer household devices by Madhu Manivannan Grade: 8th - University of Toronto Schools (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Kids Learning How to Code by Krish Mehra Grade: 6th - Brady Middle School (Ohio, USA) Multilingual Multicultural Multimedia: Globally Connected Mobile Learning Projects by Student Team Grade: University - Baku American Center, New York Institute of Technology (Azerbaijan, USA) Next Generation Sequencing of Urine Specimens: A Novel Platform for Genomic Analysis in Patients with Bladder Cancer by Caroline Lin Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA) Rapture: An Underwater Future by Jacob Langhoff Grade: 12th - Monroe County Schools (Madisonville, Tennessee, USA) Sharing the Robotics Love! by Hattie Compton-Moen Grade: 9 (NZ Year 10) - St Margaret's College (New Zealand) Solar Motor by Tammy Ng and Connie Lee Grade: 11th - Marymount School of New York (Great Neck, NY and Forest Hills, NY) The Future with Power and Confidence by Luma Juma’a and Dunia Basaleh Grade: 11th - Innovation lab / The Clubhouse Network (Amman, Jordan) TSA With The Willard Middle School by Bradley Cooper Grade: 7th - Willard Middle School (USA) Veggie World - from sustainability to enterpreneurship by Student Team Grade: 6th - DPS, Bangalore South (India) What's so great about being a Freelancer? by Shubam Verma and Simran Sehdev Grade: 11th - Kamla Nehru Public School, Phagwara (India) KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Coco Kaleel. "Making a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine." Can the heat that rises from your morning coffee cup be harnessed? Can you imagine the possibilities of engines that use small temperature differentials like a bucket of ice or heat on the pavement? Could these engines help pump water in remote locations where fossil fuels aren’t readily available? What if you could make these engines inexpensively in your own garage? Coco Kaleel, a 9th grader from Los Angeles, will explore these questions and more in her discussion. Coco was honored to be a keynote speaker during last year’s conference with the topic “Making Makers: A Drill Press is a Girl’s Best Friend – A Boy’s, Too.” The Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine is a natural extension of that topic, putting to use the tools Coco discussed and demonstrating an actual project made with them. Coco Kaleel set out to make a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine as her school science project. She will outline step-by-step instructions (photographs, too) for building one. She will also troubleshoot glitches in the making process for those interested in fabricating their own Stirling engines. This is a great project for demonstrating and learning about basic thermodynamics and for improving machining skills necessary for engineering careers. For students with access to maker spaces or innovation laboratories, Coco will outline the tools she used during each step of her making process including creating her own hot wire nichrome foam cutter and lathe dog in order to complete the project. Coco credits her inspiration to James R. Senft’s book “Introduction to Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engines.” Robert Hernandez (JOVRNALISM). Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: JOVRNALISM. Their work can be seen in The New York Times, NPR and in their own iOS/Android app. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once. Evan Wesley (Thirst Project). Evan is the Director of student activation for Thirst Project. He spends his time traveling around the United States, speaking to middle school, high school, and college students about the global water crisis. In 3 years, Evan has spoken to over 75,000 students as a Keynote speaker, working and speaking to groups including United Nations, UNICEF, Student Council, Key Club International, KIWANIS, HOSA, WordLink Peace and Justice, and Millennium Campus Network. VOLUNTEERS As usual, for our "peer-to-peer" online conferences, we depend on great volunteer moderators to help our presenters in their sessions rooms. Those who are Blackboard Collaborate capable, we need you! Sign up at https://globalstudentvolunteer.youcanbook.me. Thank You!

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

Edsurge

Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. In less than two years, between 2015 and 2017, the district paid more than $4.5

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

After five years of teaching, most recently as a technology teacher at an elementary school, I was recruited for a role outside of the classroom. In 2017, I began a new position as the director of personalized learning at a public charter school serving students in grades 7-12 in Phoenix. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning StrategiesTaking a position with a title that includes a buzzword is risky—especially in a school.