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 the whole promised magic of true personalization. This would be true of any of those sorts of helpful programs for learning. Saving Personalized Learning.

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? 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.

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Opening the doors to elite public schools

The Hechinger Report

Instead, Emily was invited to apply based on her pre-pandemic academic record. Emily, who loves math and wants to be a pharmacist, said that she’s nervous about how hard the classes may be but that she’s eager for a “better education.”

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. 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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A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

The Hechinger Report

What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.”. While credit recovery is one of the fastest-growing fields in online education, many programs are little more than diploma mills hastening students through the curriculum with insufficient support.

All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

The Hechinger Report

At the Telstar Freshman Academy in Maine, service learning is included as part of the curriculum. Bailey Fraser, 15 (left), and her stepsister Leah Kimball, 15, volunteer with Edible Bethel during their service learning block. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Future of Learning.

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. 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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This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

In one back room at Skyline High School, you can learn all you need to know about St. For that biomedical project, students had to create a probe and learn to maneuver it sight unseen from behind a curtain on the box’s opening to procure a sample from the intestine/bike tire. “We We want students to use their brains and learn what careers could look like,” said Axel Reitzig, a program director at the district’s Innovation Center.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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.

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? Forget learning should be fun. Place students on the periphery when we design, plan, and respond to their learning. (It’s Plan backwards from standards. Build big schools and expect personalization. Teaching public education

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

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.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

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

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.).

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

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. These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. If the history of education has taught us anything, it is that education is a human process.

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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). Personalized learning will disrupt how we think of curriculum.

?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. But how do these leaders know whether their investments will lead to the student learning outcomes they desire? Working with 60 education partners and the U.S. Education Technology

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

The Hechinger Report

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, briefs President Barack Obama for an interview in the Oval Office July 22, 2009. Drama over the nomination of Michigan philanthropist and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s education secretary is captivating the education and political sector and now comes to a nail-biting finale on Monday. Related: Senate committee approves Betsy DeVos, ‘thoughtless proponent of the privatization of American education.

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.

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. 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!

What Makes Professional Development Work?

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“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” The panelists recommended that educational leaders take a deep breath and recognize that there is a crisis happening in our districts. program (Telecommunications, Education, and Multimedia).

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “ Indiana education officials are taking another look at regulating virtual charter schools.” Immigration and Education.

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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. The big idea of this list was a well-rounded look at learning and education, rather than strictly pedagogy, or strictly ed-reformy content. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read. We must learn to be creative.”

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.

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.

The Characteristics Of A Good School

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Consider a few of the key ideas in progressive education. Mobile learning, digital citizenship, design thinking, collaboration, creativity, and on a larger scale, digital literacy (education not yet comfortable enough with these ideas to teach “just citizenship” or “just literacy”),1:1, and more are skills and content bits that every student would benefit from exposure to and mastery of. Most modern academic standards take a body-of-knowledge approach to education.

How Daily Farm Work and Outdoor Projects Make Learning in High School Better for Teens

MindShift

Called the Telstar Freshman Academy, or TFA, it involves all its district’s ninth graders in a hands-on learning method that uses outdoor-based projects and community-building activities as ways to teach across several disciplines. Kelly Dole, who has taught science to freshmen in her Maine school district since 1998, says the recent shift to outdoor project-based learning in the Telstar Freshman Academy “has been a real positive in kids’ lives.”

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

eSpark

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. But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.”

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