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Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works?

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But what else was she learning in this maker space? With scarcely a month left in the school year, why was it worth spending time making videos rather than covering the next academic standard? But assessing these skills has been a weak link in these efforts, according to the education researchers at the MIT Playful Journey Lab , which hopes to remedy that with “playful assessment” tools. Related: Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

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From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Additional Resources from eSpark Learning.

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We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. The biggest challenge in measuring SEL skills is having a true standard. This is the challenge facing educations like Edward Chen, the Director of Technology at California’s independent.

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What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

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The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. The April issue’s theme was “Nontraditional learning.” We tend to look at education as teacher-driven,” Ms. With competency-based education, they can earn credits for that.

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. It was vital they graduated, but a diploma doesn’t guarantee students the social emotional learning (SEL) skills needed to be informed citizens and productive members of society. The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . So the following list of public education terms is useful not so much for the definitions, but for the credibility (or at least authority) of the definitions, as they are sourced from the Department of Education itself, in this case in regards to clarify Race to the Top language and meaning. To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined .

Illuminate Education’s SchoolCity Product Suite Improves Efficiency with Certification from IMS Global Learning Consortium

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October 22, 2018) - To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, , the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. These products assist educators with content creation, assessment, student achievement and more. OneRoster ® Allows for the secure use of roster info by teaching and learning systems. ? Irvine, CA.

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

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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. 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. Early Childhood Education.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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While it has been derided by educators for decades as incapable of truly measuring understanding, and while performance on such exams can be noticeably improved simply by learning a few tricks, the multiple choice question may have a larger, less obvious flaw that disrupts the tone of learning itself. Learning depends on a rather eccentric mix of procedural and declarative knowledge — on the process as much as the end product. The Tone of Learning.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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If you’ve heard the buzz about eSpark this summer at conferences or training sessions, you already know it’s more than “just another math and reading learning platform” Sure, it is that but what sets it apart is eSpark’s clever blend of learning tools that encourage students to progress at their own pace in their own way, to review when needed and move ahead when they get it. Review the teacher resources on the educator dashboard.

Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

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First, many educational markets are shaped by public policy. For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Second, K-12 education in the United States is primarily a local affair—with states and districts shouldering most of the costs and driving many key policy decisions. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.).

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English. Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. If the history of education has taught us anything, it is that education is a human process. blended learning).

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Seeing the Pandemic as an Opportunity for Change

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In order to address education equity, administrators must first recognize the common barriers. Disconnection between teaching and learning: Teachers often confuse covering the material with teaching to the kids—if they teach to understanding, then the classroom becomes a different environment.

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

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But today, the decisions educators make regarding the tools they use with students are based on hypothesis rather than solid evidence. School, district, and state leaders make technology decisions every day that will affect student tech fluency, not to mention learning outcomes. The New Schools Venture Fund estimates that K-12 schools collectively spend about $9 billion per year on instructional software, digital assessments, laptops and tablets for students and teachers.

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. We recently speculated on the what education might look like in the year 2028 (see the link above), when today’s kindergartners have finished K-12 and beginning their work in the world (or college). Connectivity could represent a new kind of assessment.

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

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As someone who has taught high school history, led a school district, and researched the history of school reform along with the use of educational technologies over the past half-century, I found little that startled me in 2017 (with the exception for one event noted below). Both the idealism and optimism—keep in mind the adjectives I used to modify the nouns—have a lot to do with what I have learned over the decades about school reform, especially when it comes to technology.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education. Further, the majority of educators in the United States teach according to the Common Core standards, which makes them of interest to us. As most educators know, the Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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Achieve3000 is the leading literacy solution in blended learning programs today, specializing in cloud-based, differentiated learning solutions for school-aged youth as well as adult learners. It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments. “We Digital Learning and Tools News