Fostering competency in Arizona

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday the Arizona State Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 in favor of a bill that would create opportunities for schools to pilot competency-based education programs. All students in Arizona have distinct learning needs, and each deserves an education that is able to address those needs. But unfortunately, many students today struggle in school because the traditional education system was never designed to provide individualized learning opportunities.

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

eSchool News

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. Even with the best resources, many teachers lack dedicated coaching and struggle to target effective teaching strategies that help students improve their proficiency in math, a linchpin academic subject. Next page: Educators react to the new AI resource).

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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. Then schools are back to square one – no digital, or a mosaic of some digital for some and not for others and a world of hurt trying to straddle both. Saving Personalized Learning.

Game-based platform teaches computer science, coding

eSchool News

CodeCombat raises $2M seed round, launches platform to promote computer science education. CodeCombat, which offers a platform to help kids learn computer science, announced that it has closed a $2 million seed round of funding from Third Kind Venture Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Allen & Company. CodeCombat was designed to make learning to code as easy as playing a game. My students love CodeCombat because it makes learning to code fun!

South Carolina adopts science video service

eSchool News

Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. The South Carolina State Board of Education approved the adoption with Carolina Biological. These supplemental STEM resources can enhance science curriculum connecting science teaching and learning to career and college readiness. We are pleased that the Board of Education has approved them for adoption throughout the State.”.

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Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

eSchool News

Since 2007, an online clearinghouse has helped Ohio educators choose well-designed online lessons from a vast marketplace of products and has made them available free. Next school year, however, schools will be on their own because the state’s Distance Learning Clearinghouse is going away. Its funding support, through the state Education and Higher Education departments, has disappeared. ” Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy News Top News

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

Edsurge

One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. Reasoning Mind , a Houston-based nonprofit, was acquired by Imagine Learning. Imagine is owned by Weld North Education, a private equity firm that has amassed a portfolio of more than 10 education technology companies over the years. standards. Imagine previously acquired Think Through Math, another digital math product, in 2016.)

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network. Tonight, I''m hosting two opportunities for professional learning. We will talk about creating the ultimate learning environments, how to foster creativity and engagement, and much more!

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

eSchool News

Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. As we collectively elevate teaching so that it may sit comfortably alongside other highly respected and important professions, we must think carefully about how to provide higher-quality, effective continuing education for teaching. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has a vision for how that can happen.

Why all screen time isn’t created equally

The Hechinger Report

The thought is so alluring that parents often ask early education teachers what the best apps are, said Lisa Guernsey, speaking at the national seminar of the Education Writer’s Association in Nashville this week. With all its bells, whistles, apps and toys, technology also creates anxiety for both parents and educators, and research is going to have to follow the charge ahead. The Learning Accelerator on blended learning: `In the future, we’ll just call it learning’.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

eSchool News

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