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Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Neo LMS

Welcome to the third and final post in this series focusing on teacher workload, and how technology can assist teachers with the three greatest time heavy activities. Today we’ll look at grading and assessment, and how technology can assist teachers to streamline the process, as well as extract more valuable information on how students are tracking on their learning pathways. Teacher tricks: grading & assessment. Assessments.

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. Preparing for and participating in this event gave me an opportunity to reflect more deeply on the potential role of technology in addressing this issue.

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FETC Future of Educational Technology… Orlando Florida… Please Join Me!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I am excited about learning with thousands of other educators at this amazing conference. Educator. Information Technology. Inclusion & Special Education. W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. The makers movement across education has made a significant impact, allowing students to do and create. Discover ways to establish not just a space but a culture connecting authentic learning and standards to making.

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Autonomy, the future of education.

Linways Technologies

As presented by Dr. Shajimon K John at the Discussion BarCamp hosted by Linways Technologies Pvt Ltd. Discuss Education BarCamp was organized by Linways Technologies Pvt. to bring together educators, academicians, and education enthusiasts to collectively discuss various methods that can be adopted in the education system to reshape the future of education. They can have their own syllabus, right to conduct exams, and set up assessment patterns.

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

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How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching. A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Tacked-on learning technology can do this. But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech? 10 Ways Technology Has Changed Education: The Iconic Actions #edtech Should Disrupt. With technology, the name of the game is publishing. You probe, prompt, front-load, and assess.

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. Renaissance’s newest acquisition is Freckle Education , a San Francisco-based company that offers online lessons, exercises and assessments for math, English language arts, social studies and science. The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

Edsurge

In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

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

Edsurge

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. When districts invest in new instructional technology, many teachers find that at first their students are quiet and focused, clicking away on activities aligned to their instructional needs. It’s no wonder that only 58% of teachers are comfortable using technology in class.

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How International Rankings are reshaping Indian Higher Education

Linways Technologies

Setting up of accreditation systems and bodies at the national and international level to rank and recognize Universities and Institutions for meeting the minimum acceptable standards through inspection and assessment has taken top priority amongst the national policymakers as Education takes a center stage in today’s world. The quality assurance in education is more serious than ever, and not just for high-ranking universities or countries, but everywhere across the globe.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

Edsurge

Instructure , the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect , for $42.5 Specifically, the bet is that formative assessments, which can be delivered in classrooms regularly throughout the school year, offer educators a better, timelier understanding of what students know (or don’t) than an end-of-year final test.

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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. So in 2018, when Empower was pressured by a large district customer to support a different open data standard— IMS Global’s OneRoster—the company was reluctant. “We’d It’s a mindshift for teachers, especially when it comes to assessment, because scoring is so different.

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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?” Education Technology Open Educational Resources Technology in School

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

Edsurge

Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. 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. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task. At Nueva, when it comes to assessment, standards-based grading is king.

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Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We Testing for such skills relies heavily on technology and required a significant retooling.

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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

Edsurge

You know that old interview question: What would change in education if you had a magic wand? The basic premise is that by providing a more complex and accurate picture of students, academic needs can be better met, colleges can make more informed admissions decisions, and intrinsic motivation will follow. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

The Hechinger Report

The average performance of the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders mostly held steady in math and reading from 2015 to 2017, now marking a decade of stalled educational progress, according to the results of a test released Tuesday. Since the biennial test, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, was first administered in the early 1990s, student achievement, particularly in math, steadily improved until the late 2000s, then flatlined.

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 .

Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again

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Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again. The context for this one is simple enough–what mistakes do we constantly make in education that hold us back from the best versions of ourselves? Plan backwards from standards. Seem to ignore that mobile learning is central to education’s future. Resist allowing technology to radically alter our classrooms and ways of doing business within them. Blame technology when the pedagogy is bad.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Michelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education. Our son’s education was a waste,” his mother, Michelle McLaughlin, said. “We

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. 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.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

Edsurge

In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. As education entrepreneurs know, growth in K-12 comes hard.

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

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. On Kiddom, teachers can upload lessons and resources, distribute assignments and get data on how students perform against academic standards. The technologies are often purchased separately as well.

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

Edsurge

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.

I Never Asked My Students About Their Aspirations. Don’t Make That Mistake.

Edsurge

I modeled my classroom after the classrooms in the high school I attended—rows of desks, the teacher at the front of the room, nightly homework, and regular assessments. For years, I heard much about college and career readiness, but it seems like until recently, those of us who work to improve education forgot about the career readiness part. Education Technology Skills and Subjects Jobs & CareersTwenty years ago, I was a freshman in high school.

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

techlearning

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. By becoming IMS Global certified, Illuminate continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to interoperability standards,” said Jason Naile, director of instructional technology and media at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia.

Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum

Edsurge

Mashing the arts and math is core to Desmo’s belief that education is interdisciplinary by nature, and subjects should be taught as such. Luberoff says that end-of-year assessments in 35 U.S. Over the years, the company created accompanying lessons for teachers and students to use on its calculator technology. Meyer says Desmos’ middle-math core curriculum aligns with state and Common Core academic standards. It’s an art competition unlike most others.

Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

Edsurge

I invest in education technology, but decades before I knew what a venture capitalist was, I was a history teacher in a small town in America’s heartland where I started my school’s first “Internet club.” I’m a believer in the merits of technology and have written about how technology can be used to broaden access to knowledge , connect people and even improve empathy. Education Technology Technology Trends Digital and Media Literacy Enterprises

Teenage Brains Are Elastic. That’s a Big Opportunity for Social-Emotional Learning.

Edsurge

SEL can be a critical set of strategies to advance educational equity, by supporting the development of all students, including those who have learning differences, are growing up in poverty or are otherwise affected by adversity This is the language of social-emotional learning, a holistic understanding of the richly human context in which students develop and grow. Education Technology Social-Emotional Learning

Alma releases new standards tracker

eSchool News

Tracking features in integrated SIS and LMS platform enable educators to plan and modify curriculum and instruction in real time. Alma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model.

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

Edsurge

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 Truman’s mom shared how anxious he was even at home, having nightmares each night before school; in class he had become quiet and reserved, distancing himself from his peers. Across the country, kindergarteners are pressured to meet academic standards that both teachers and experts say many kids are developmentally not ready for.

The myth and reality of heroic teaching

The Christensen Institute

A popular theme in movies about K–12 education is the archetype of the heroic classroom teacher. By itself, supervising young people is exhausting; then, add to that responsibility the work of trying to maximize the productive use of every minute of the school day in order to help students master rigorous academic standards. The power of these technologies works in two ways. Education Blog Blended learning education K-12 education teacher of the future

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. That gung-ho initiative is something that Mark Racine, director of technology at Boston Public Schools, applauds. 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, that includes educators in more than 60,000 U.S.

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An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

In a recent presentation to the League of Innovative Schools Assessment working group, Erin and Eric shared the Cortex platform and described the academic growth and progress they have seen among their students since the platform’s implementation. 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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Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

Edsurge

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.).

McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

McGraw-Hill Education’s recent selection of Knovation’s curated open education content is a signal that publishers and ed-tech providers are jockeying to find ways to take advantage of open education resources. The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER.

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