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Why personalized learning is hard to study

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This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

As the word focuses on the pandemic, one organization is focused on the weather

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For millions of people living in East Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia, the coronavirus pandemic may not be the most severe setback of 2020. Instead, it’s locusts. Since the beginning of the year more than 450 billion of the grasshoppers have ravaged homes and devastated crops in these regions.

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Innovators Creating Prosperity: MAX

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development.

The blended learning models that can help schools reopen

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As educators start considering their options for the fall, the future is full of uncertainty. If schools remain closed, they’ll need to prepare for more remote learning.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Why getting the world back to normal is not enough

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When will the world get back to normal? It’s a question many have asked since the COVID-19 global pandemic began upending economic, social, and health systems across the world.

Don’t cancel summer, reinvent it

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Amy Anderson , the former associate commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education and the executive director of ReSchool Colorado , contributed to this piece. . It’s the question that many hoped they’d never have to ask: Is summer canceled? The answer poses grave risks and real opportunities.

In higher education it’s student progress that counts—but prestige that gets measured

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In May 2019, the Christensen Institute interviewed members of the Presidents Forum to identify challenges in higher education that require collaborative efforts and systemic change to ensure student progress.

What a famed historian got right (and wrong) about the global response to COVID-19

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In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, famed American historian Jared Diamond writes that, “Covid-19 may thus increase inequality within and between countries.”. Diamond is right.

The making of a networked college graduate

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colby College turned heads in May when it guaranteed that all 300 of its seniors still in search of work would have a meaningful opportunity within three months of graduating.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

3 crucial blended learning resources based on research and real-world practice

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As schools continue to prepare for an uncertain COVID-19-impacted future, one thing is certain: the more we understand about various remote, online, and blended learning approaches, the better.

Building the bridge to better mental health care

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While COVID-19 is well known for its physical impact, the rippling effect of the pandemic is taking an equally large toll on mental health. A survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 35.6% of adults reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, compared to 11% last year.

COVID-19 exposes why the ambitious goal to end extreme poverty is inadequate

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The first UN Sustainable Development Goal is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” Although the goal is ambitious, unfortunately it’s also insufficient in helping people lead safe and secure lives—something the spread of COVID-19 has made glaringly more apparent.

How to size invisible markets and tap into oceans of demand

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In our research studying pathways to prosperity in emerging economies, we’ve discovered that a particular type of innovation—market creating innovation—can be a powerful engine of sustainable growth.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Distance learning: Let’s not reinvent the wheel

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Amidst the sea of chaos brought on by COVID-19, while most schools are having to hoist new sails in uncharted waters, a handful of others have been able to more or less stay the course.

The online edtech that helps educators make distance learning less distant

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The ripple effects of COVID-19 have thrust the world into uncertain times, and especially schools and students. As K–12 educators try to adjust to a new reality, many stories in the media note a tension between maintaining academic expectations while also supporting students’ basic needs.

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A revealing look at innovation in rural schools

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This post is the second in a series of four sharing new insights from the Canopy project using data published in fall 2019.

Three critical considerations for teachers to adopt technology

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As many educators across the country struggled to adopt technology tools in the rush to remote learning over the last several months of the school year, teachers are reporting that their ability to effectively use technology has improved markedly.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Free edtech won’t lead to lasting change in schools—but here’s what could

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A lifetime ago in March, it made perfect sense for edtech companies to make their products free. Schools were thrust into an emergency where their typical instruction was rendered impossible, so companies made it easier for them to grasp new resources in the void.

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Now is the moment to lean into student agency

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With summer and fall planning top of mind for educators across the country, one stubborn challenge is students’ online attendance and engagement—or, precisely, the lack of it. In many schools and districts, half or less of their students participate in remote learning.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

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As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning.

How Disruptive Innovation Theory helped a small college set a new direction

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This guest post was written by Dr. Lori E. Varlotta, President of Hiram College. In the face of a pandemic that strains the nation in complex, multifaceted ways, America’s liberal arts colleges have much to offer.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

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As of late Sunday, March 15th, at least 32.5 million public school students attending at least 64,000 schools have seen their education interrupted; and more than 200 colleges and universities are canceling or postponing in-person classes and activities as COVID-19 enters pandemic territory.

Connecting seniors and students during COVID-19 can yield benefits for all

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Last year Marc Freedman published a book called How to Live Forever. Although Freedman could never have anticipated the current crisis, his reflections on the fragile state of America’s isolated aging population keep coming to my mind.

The coronavirus exposes America’s misplaced educational values

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Before America began shutting down its schools en masse, a mom in Massachusetts fretted on Facebook. With a compromised immune system, she had concluded that it was safest if her child stayed home from school, so she kept her son home the first two days of the week. There was just one problem.

With development pushed back 30 years, these innovations are critical for recovery

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As wealthy nations begin to open up their economies and lift shelter-in-place orders, the stark contrast with how COVID-19 has affected different corners of the globe becomes even more evident.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

How–and why–to prioritize relationships in your COVID-19 response plan

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With school campuses closed indefinitely, education systems are grappling with how to make up for a growing abyss of lost learning hours and essential student services.

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A step in the right direction: UAE’s investment in Africa’s youth

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As the youngest continent on the planet, Africa is at a major crossroads. The number of young people who will reach working age over the next 15 years is estimated at 450 million, yet, at its current trajectory, the continent is expected to create just 100 million jobs by 2035.

In emerging markets, integrate integrate integrate

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Why would the head of a food company know more about generating electricity than food production? That’s one of the questions I asked in my first meeting with Deepak Singhal, CEO of Tolaram Africa, after he told me that he knew more about electricity generation than food.

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Why buying a mattress is like choosing a college

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On the face of it, comparing buying a mattress to choosing a college might feel apocryphal. Insulting even. College encompasses a series of experiences—from the classroom to extracurricular activities and social opportunities—that, in the best of scenarios, are transformative.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.