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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. Individually, none of these elements are new to the world of maker education.

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


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. But how do these leaders know whether their investments will lead to the student learning outcomes they desire? A focus on college and career-training readiness. Education Technology

What Makes Professional Development Work?

“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” Vice President and Managing Director at SIIA, made this statement in a recent edWebinar , with Jeff Mao, CEO, Edmoxie LLC, Bruce Umpstead, Director of State Programs at IMS Global Learning Consortium, and Ilya Zeldin, Founder and CEO of 2gnoMe. The panelists recommended that educational leaders take a deep breath and recognize that there is a crisis happening in our districts.