How to Make Standards Mastery Accessible to All

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Before many states adopted extended (accessible) educational standards for students with unique needs, we began developing differentiated materials to provide students with the ability to learn skills, demonstrate knowledge and raise the bar for educational expectations.

?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. But today, the decisions educators make regarding the tools they use with students are based on hypothesis rather than solid evidence. For much of the past year, approximately 150 researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, investors, and institutional leaders have been collaborating in 10 working groups (each supported by a professional researcher) to study and discuss data, processes, and systems that show substantial promise.

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What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Who are the people spearheading maker education? Maker Education Initiative. According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.” The tools and resources required don’t come cheap: 92 percent of educators said information about grants were somewhat or very important.

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

Edsurge

At a time of major change at educational software and assessments provider Renaissance Learning executives decided to add one more item to their to-do list. The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills.

‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry

Edsurge

But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). federal law that mandates access to student information by public entities.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

Such a marketplace could expand students’ access to human beings otherwise entirely out of their reach, potentially expanding their reservoir of social capital. So where does that leave us in terms of imagining the viability of a Helpouts-like tool in education?

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Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

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. Higher Education.

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

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

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Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

Edsurge

Eight years ago, some of its customers requested that Empower support the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) , an open data interoperability standard that was then in vogue with K-12 schools and districts. Education Technology Interoperability Technology Trends Edtech Business

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Education Leaders Propose Ways to Add Teacher Voice to Research Decisions

Edsurge

taxpayers trying to make sense of the federal tax code, many educators feel that education research is inaccessible and not written in a way they can understand. The resulting chasm creates a problem for educators, who may not be using or incorporating research-backed teaching practices into their instruction. It’s also a problem for the research groups whose primary audience are working educators. event, the IES and JEX met with educators in Raleigh, N.C.,

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Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

Edsurge

He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. And he had interest from educators who wanted to try Planet3 in schools that included the Las Vegas area. Education Technology Financing Game-Based Learning

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

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?”

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . College- and career-ready standards. Educators . Local educational agency .

Apple’s Strongest Case to Reclaim the Education Market Is Not the New iPad

Edsurge

That was how bubbly Apple employees, decked out in the green-and-yellow outfits that matched the colors of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, welcomed arrivals to the company’s highly-anticipated education event this morning. Among the 1,000 present were former vice president Al Gore, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 300 educators from around the world. Bells signaled transitioned time between hands-on workshops led by educators.

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

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

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

The Hechinger Report

Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”.

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Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

The Hechinger Report

In an event that could be called a love fest, Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laid out her education priorities in a rollicking speech at the annual assembly of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union.

Could a plan to improve early education be putting the squeeze on child care centers?

The Hechinger Report

In a state in which 43 percent of kids of kindergarten age are not ready to begin school, most of those involved in early education don’t deny there’s a problem, and many agree there is a way to fix it. Read more about Early Education.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

eSpark

The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals: Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher -- that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. Higher standards are right. educational policy: College and Career Readiness.

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.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location. EL Education K–5 Language Arts. Kiddom is an easy-to-use education platform designed as a centralized hub for teaching and learning.

What’s Ahead for Special Education?

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Federal policy has transformed the education of students with disabilities in the United States. Prior to the 1970s, exclusion was largely the rule for millions, who were placed in separate schools from their peers and often inappropriately educated because of their physical and behavioral disabilities. The post What’s Ahead for Special Education?

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

The Hechinger Report

Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade. education achievement slides backwards. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

Each targeted quest curates a collection of third-party apps, webtools, videos, games, and other resources that focus on particular math or reading skills identified by the teacher or from the student’s earlier work as an area of academic need. 4 Great Education Applications.

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

Edsurge

In a previous EdSurge piece , I described how economics and technology trends tend to drive educational innovation by providing models that reformers build into their visions, sometimes unconsciously. Education Technology Policy & Government Instructional Trends Professional Development

Play Is Disappearing From Kindergarten. It’s Hurting Kids.

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The New Kindergarten In an increasing number of schools , teachers of very young students are pressured to pack every moment of the day with structured, academically rigorous tasks. Yet all this focus on academics may not matter much in the long run.

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Libraries

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

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. Erin describes the Brooklyn Lab human capital strategy as analogous to an “educational orchestra” – educators may play from the same score, but they are play different instruments to provide students with different learning experiences.

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Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Neo LMS

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. Read more: What is the role of rubrics in performance-based education?

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. Ed note: 2 Pieces for Context– 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education by 2028 and Curriculum is More Important Than Learning Technology. by TeachThought Staff.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

education system faces is ensuring that all children have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. 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. But for students who start school chronically behind in meeting learning standards, school often doesn’t meet the job of helping them feel successful.

Six Steps to Project Based Learning

eSpark

The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. Check out our webinar with Principal Matt Gaven to see Mineola’s interdisciplinary approach to PBL: Tech Education News Education Technology

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

Edsurge

There are at least two truisms when it comes to education technology: 1. Soft-launched last summer, the library currently houses more than 100 educational apps, which teachers can browse by subjects or categories (like assessment or presentation tools). 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. So far, that includes educators in more than 60,000 U.S.

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

Educational Technology Guy

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.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

Education is changing, things are in flux, and there is uncertainty. 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).

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