?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too

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Students need access to tools that work. This May, these leaders and another 150 or so stakeholders will come together for the first ever EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium , organized by The University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Digital Promise and the Jefferson Education Accelerator. Five factors currently drive this demand for improving the quality and scalability of education technology: Higher academic standards nationwide.

Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

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Historically, wealthier students have had greater access to enriching out-of-school experiences, compounding their privilege. K-12 News achievement gap Expanded learning time Personalized Learning Technology access

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Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. K-12 News Personalized Learning STEM Technology access

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Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

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Grading and assessments are a hot potato in the field of education, as states and the federal government try to at once apply common standards, but also limit the amount of time students spend sitting assessments.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location. They received excellent ratings from EdReports , a leader in evaluating textbooks and curricula for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards.

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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Open Up Resources offers two of the highest-reviewed curriculum for middle-school math and K-5 English, according to EdReports, which evaluates textbooks for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards.

What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Another challenge for teachers is the need for more professional development and help in connecting maker activities to curriculum and academic standards. Who are the people spearheading maker education? And what motivates them? These are just a few of the questions behind a new study (PDF) from SRI International on the. Maker Education Initiative.

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

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The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills. After buying myON last year to improve access and student choice, Renaissance purchased Early Learning Labs last month.

What’s Ahead for Special Education?

Digital Promise

It also ensures that FAPE is tied to the academic standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled. The guidance emphasizes what’s called “standards-based IEPs,” which ensure that IEPs (individualized education plans) focus on how to help students access grade-level content tied to academic standards. It’s trying to get schools to move away from creating either very remedial IEPs or IEPs unrelated to academics.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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In 2013, most elementary schools are simply diminutive high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other “core” skills, while character training supplements academic work. 13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. by TeachThought Staff.

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments.

Why Efforts to Improve Teacher Productivity and Efficiency May Not Pay Off

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In today’s workforce, one employee backed up by teams of experts providing training, tools, just-in-time access to materials and data can perform work that once required dozens of line workers.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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But in the field of education, we don’t even have a complete set of static competency frameworks for digital data that are openly accessible and interoperable—to say nothing of dynamic data that support real-time pathway optimization. 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).

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

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To help accomplish their vision – that every students get not just to but through college – Brooklyn Lab leverages Cortex, a digital learning platform where student data and work can be accessed by students, teachers, parents, and administrators alike. Mastery of Rigorous Standards. The data that fuels Cortex is based on bringing standards to a more refined framework with a common data visualization of green, yellow, and red for differing levels of mastery.

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What Can Schools Learn from the Successful Transformation of Public Libraries?

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In parallel with this changing nature of librarians, the library itself took on an increased role in the community, offering spaces where the unemployed receive job training, the needy access social services and families gather for daily programming.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). Types of Standard Alignment. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

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Teacher Advisor then dips into its library of 1,000+ videos and lesson plans, all based on national standards and vetted by top educators. It makes it easier to find lessons, standards, activities and much more and includes a lesson planning tool.

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

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As the new school year begins, elementary school teachers are now able to access a new, free online artificial intelligence (AI) tool designed to strengthen their math instruction and help students learn at higher levels.

Schools Say Highest Pressure from Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

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Then a re-write of academic standards that had to be mapped to teaching and learning, constantly in revision. Fixers are almost universally introspective insiders, tweaking the existing standard structure. . By LeiLani Cauthen.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

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Such a marketplace could expand students’ access to human beings otherwise entirely out of their reach, potentially expanding their reservoir of social capital. In the meantime, video-based access to experts may have to find the pockets of the system primed for this innovation.

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Digitizing Curriculum Development: Think Efficiency

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Masterson, Vice President of Government Solutions at LearningMate, discuss how coordinated digitization can help teachers more efficiently create standards-aligned curricula. While developing curricula within a grade level, he was also looking at the vertical articulation of standards.

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Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

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Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. In an increasingly connected world, educators need access to on-demand, online resources, with tools and platforms that facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

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Based on universal access to free and equal schools, the social contract for public education equates the attainment of a high school diploma with readiness for college, meaningful participation in the workforce, and the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. In my view, at least four such assurances are needed in a digital age: One, we must ensure every student has access to the digital tools they need to succeed in school.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. Much of the achievement gap stems from larger societal issues such as poverty, racism, and disproportionate access to resources and opportunities; and technology is not a silver bullet for addressing these issues. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.

Education Leaders Propose Ways to Add Teacher Voice to Research Decisions

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Most educators access information about their profession through online searches, social media, colleagues, supervisors, their professional association or a journal subscription. We’re only going to get to the root of these problems if we think about them together,” said Doug Paulson, director of academic standards at the Minnesota Department of Education, who participated in the event on behalf of the Council of State Science Supervisors. Like U.S.

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Six Steps to Project Based Learning

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The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech

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So far, the library has since been accessed by around 250,000 teachers, who have made more than 9 million student accounts for the apps, according to the company. Inside the Library The Library is not yet open to everyone; only teachers in districts that have integrated with Clever can access it. To access the app, students simply navigate to the class’s Clever page. Third-party software can share student data in ways that violate district or state standards.

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Creative #SmartTeachingTips Using Scholastic Magazines

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Teachers bring them into their classrooms because they provide invaluable instructional materials that meet current academic standards and prepare students for state tests. Additionally, teachers can access more printables that are ready to use just by clicking on the tab.

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

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These aren’t single tools to “try,” but news ways to think about how learners access media, how educators define success, and what the roles of immense digital communities should be in popularizing new learning models. Shift From Standards To Habits.

What’s New

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This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology

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There’s a difference between the promises of “personalized learning” and the policies that school leaders enact—whether through changing academic standards, testing tools, teacher accountability and technology implementation—to make them a reality. Lesson 2: Access to digital tools is not the same as what happens in daily classroom activities.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

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Most do the majority of their work online, though some choose to learn with a standard textbook. Moreover, for alternative programs to successfully serve at-risk students, they need to provide support services, such as counseling, that go beyond academic instruction, he said.

How To Add Rigor To Anything

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Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous. Rigor is Always Accessible.

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools.

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