Free Digital K-12 Academic Standards Registry Announced

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IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the non-profit collaborative for educational technology innovation, impact, and interoperability announced a new collaboration among IMS member organizations to launch a free digital registry of state K-12 academic standards.

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

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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. Freckle can group students of similar learning levels for small group activities.

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Age of Learning’s Latest Is a $100 Million Educational Game

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How much does it cost to build educational games with all the flair and polish of their commercial counterparts? $10 Creating a game that is both educational and entertaining is not for the faint of heart—or capital. The Math Wing in Adventure Academy (Screenshot: Age of Learning).

What’s Ahead for Special Education?

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Federal policy has transformed the education of students with disabilities in the United States. Prior to the 1970s, exclusion was largely the rule for millions, who were placed in separate schools from their peers and often inappropriately educated because of their physical and behavioral disabilities. The post What’s Ahead for Special Education?

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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Each targeted quest curates a collection of third-party apps, webtools, videos, games, and other resources that focus on particular math or reading skills identified by the teacher or from the student’s earlier work as an area of academic need. 4 Great Education Applications.

8 Myths about online education debunked

Neo LMS

Online education, which has almost become synonymous with distance-learning, is a serious alternative to traditional education, not only in the US but also in other countries around the world. 8 Myths about online education debunked. E-learning

Online Preschool Is Not Education for All

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This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. The recent growth of online preschools, already in existence in at least eight states, gives states an inexpensive way to deliver pre-K education. But it is a sorry substitute for the whole child, play-based early childhood education that all young children deserve to have.

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

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It’s a simple idea: learning as navigation, choosing among concepts and strategies that either pave a path forward or trap you in the puzzle at hand. That project explored the opportunities and barriers for educators and decision-makers looking to thread SEL throughout their work.

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

The Hechinger Report

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

‘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). Getting to the underlying reasons why a student has trouble learning.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

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30 Universal Strategies For Learning. As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. Strategies for learning.

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. Personalized learning will disrupt how we think of curriculum.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus to the education market following a foray into creating consumer toys. Today, the robotic toymaker is following through by adding a big building block to its educational offerings.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

So where does that leave us in terms of imagining the viability of a Helpouts-like tool in education? Mainstream demand for external live experts is dependent on our classroom leaders assuming the role of “learning enablers” versus “teachers.”

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

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He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. And he had interest from educators who wanted to try Planet3 in schools that included the Las Vegas area. Education Technology Financing Game-Based Learning

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Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

Ken Robinson once famously said, “Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (Ken Academic standards used by almost all schools are based on the false and incorrect belief of the average student.

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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. Irvine, CA.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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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.

Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

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Empower Learning , a Utah-based developer of a learning management system (LMS), understands this pressure well. 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

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What Can Schools Learn from the Successful Transformation of Public Libraries?

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In addition to educating every interested or eligible student five days a week for over a dozen years, schools also offer a broad range of athletic and extracurricular activities, as well as support for students and families with diverse needs. Education Technology Libraries

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

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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.

Education Leaders Propose Ways to Add Teacher Voice to Research Decisions

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taxpayers trying to make sense of the federal tax code, many educators feel that education research is inaccessible and not written in a way they can understand. The resulting chasm creates a problem for educators, who may not be using or incorporating research-backed teaching practices into their instruction. It’s also a problem for the research groups whose primary audience are working educators. event, the IES and JEX met with educators in Raleigh, N.C.,

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

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Thanks for learning with me. I am excited about learning with thousands of other educators at this amazing conference. Educator. Inclusion & Special Education. Early Learning. W071 | Project Based Learning for Your District/Classroom Quickstart.

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16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

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16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. While digital content is handy and accessible, many of the issues we face as educators are deeper than any single post–or series of posts–can adequately address. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read.

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.

How a Nationwide Networked Improvement Community Seeks to Empower Educators

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Department of Education. One of 14 grants awards , TSL funding will support Insight’s Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) program , a partnership which will provide 47 schools the opportunity to work together in a networked improvement community (NIC) context.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

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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. This is just one more straw to break the proverbial camels back of reasons why the American public wants “out” of our archaic and overly-regulated public education system.

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

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The New Kindergarten 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. Yet all this focus on academics may not matter much in the long run.

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. Project based learning occurs over weeks and, in some cases, months.

Why the Boldest Ideas in Education Come From Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

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Part of what I believe to be the truth,” Camelback’s founder and CEO, Aaron Walker tells EdSurge, “is that education is a long-tail game. a dozen entrepreneurs from Camelback’s third fellowship shared ambitious social ventures to support literacy, speech therapy, incarcerated youth, Black male educators, restorative justice programs and media content that feature underrepresented groups in a positive light. A child’s wellbeing is as important as their academics.”

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

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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.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . College- and career-ready standards. Digital learning content. Educators .

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

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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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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? Forget learning should be fun. Plan backwards from standards.

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

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The IBM Foundation has launched a free, online software to transform the way K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn. Teacher Advisor then dips into its library of 1,000+ videos and lesson plans, all based on national standards and vetted by top educators.