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

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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). EdReports has become a real big deal in K-12 publishing,” he said, referring to the nonprofit that reviews textbooks for alignment to academic standards. I think the supplemental-core division is a construct of the publishing industry.”

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. ” The more success is defined by achievement of common standards, the less likely teachers are to relinquish control of instruction—particularly live instruction. 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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A National Innovation Symposium To Explore New School Models

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Operators also have access to district buildings, eliminating a typical barrier to launching a new school. In exchange for this freedom, the schools are held to the highest academic standards. Industry Learning learning model learning modelsThe Mind Trust: A National Innovation Symposium To Explore New School Models. by TeachThought Staff. From A Press Release.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards. Information about how digital learning content assesses, teaches, and depends on (requires) common content standards such as State academic standards.

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. Though the session topics varied widely, they all had one single theme: how can the edtech industry work together to create digital learning environments that better serves all students?

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

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). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. Types of Standard Alignment.

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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. From this perspective, the strategic use of professional development can be seen as equivalent to the specialized training that workers receive in other industries.

Schools Say Highest Pressure from Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

EdNews Daily

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. . True personalization is being done in nearly every other industry, but not here, not at scale. By LeiLani Cauthen.

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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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. And while experts agree that a hands-on approach to core standards leads to significant student growth, even the most innovative districts can struggle to design research projects that are differentiated to meet the needs of every learner. In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

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

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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. A common set of academic standards could alleviate the discovery issue, but several states have withdrawn from the Common Core State Standards and decided to adopt their own. Foundations and other nonprofits should invest in solutions to some of the harder problems that the industry faces.

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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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Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. And here we are, and the Common Core Standards (no matter what you might think of them) are asking all teachers to teach writing. But worried math and science (or STEM at large) teachers struggling to cover their own academic standards are missing the incredible learning potential that writing has.

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

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He based the content on the Next Generation Science Standards , a multi-state effort at K-12 science education content completed in 2013. have adopted the standards while 21 states have standards based on the framework. Planet3 agreed to earth and life science curriculum with supplemental lesson plans and free 24-hour access to the platform for students, teachers and parents. Magnates from the gaming industry have attempted as well.

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

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Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

EdNews Daily

Recently, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo)and Senator Ed Markey (D-Ma) drafted some modifications to COPPA that have the potential to create an catastrophic damage in the Ed-Tech industry, particularly for all publishers and schools who use literally anything on the internet in educational ways.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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million to serve some 3,000 children next fall, less than 10 percent of those who are eligible, leaving the vast majority of the state’s 4-year-olds without access to state-funded preschool. “If Wright and pre-K advocates argue that more investment in early education via programs like that at Quitman could put kids on a stronger academic path at an early age. Pre-K also teaches important non-academic skills, like how to hold a pencil, pay attention and get along with peers.

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m Students at Harwood have earned academic credit — or are working toward credit — for teaching ski lessons at a nearby ski resort, working for a financial investment firm, and writing music reviews for a blog. However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said. K-12 News Solutions standards

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “George Mason’s President Says Some Donor Agreements Fell ‘Short’ of Academic Standards.” Via Techcrunch : “Thousands of academics spurn Nature ’s new paid-access Machine Learning journal.” Lots of suggestions this week for new academic disciplines where there may already be academic disciplines. ” The vendor in question: Access Group.

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