The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

EdNews Daily

Here’s the thing: schools profile students as a core function to cause learning, and they definitely promote their service and not only their own lesson-plan products, but those of thousands of publishers. Thousands of applications used by schools right now have innate function that tests and sorts students (profiling) and then uses the same sort of algorithms that advertising systems do to auto-recommend paths of learning, content, and intersection with teachers.

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.”. What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.” . Students spend 80 percent of their time learning from home.

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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? The term describes game-like measures of knowledge and abilities, but also the tracking of skill development in playful learning activities, which was piloted over the past year by middle school teachers at Corte Madera and at Community Public Charter School in Charlottesville, Va.,

Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

The Hechinger Report

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. The Chicago Learning Exchange supports out-of-school programs that are trying to change that, particularly those using technology to offer innovative opportunities for kids in Chicago who historically haven’t had them.

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

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

Edsurge

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. 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.”

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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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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. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task. Soft skills. SEL and MESH competencies.

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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.” The middle school has started using an online system to guide self-paced learning, and Ms.

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. I can say with confidence my students didn’t learn anything in advisory in my first two years teaching it.

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!

Fostering competency in Arizona

The Christensen Institute

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. Your support of SB 1244 will help Arizona develop the personalized education system its students deserve.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. Note, there are scores of incredible books about teaching and learning, from When Kids Can’t Read by Kylene Beers, to seminal works from Tomlinson, Marzano, and Atwell, to “new learning” stuff like The World is Flat , and classic works we don’t even begin to cover from Thorndike, Dewey, Piaget, and others. (. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read. We must learn to be creative.”

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems. Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments.

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.

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.”

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

The Hechinger Report

Third, whether she likes it or not, her job as education secretary is to enforce the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which still requires annual testing, performance goals, high academic standards and interventions for the lowest-performing schools. For them, she needs a more balanced message around resources, technology, distance learning, personalized learning and teacher quality. Peter Cunningham, former press secretary to U.S.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English. These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. blended learning).

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The Perfect Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

In The Most Important Question Every Question Should Answer , I theorized that “the benefit of assessments for learning isn’t merely a more clear picture of understanding; Used properly, it can also inform the rest of the learning process, from curriculum mapping (what do we learn when?) to instruction (how will it be learned?) to assessment design (how should future learning ideally be measured?)” How would it be used to improve learning?

Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

Edsurge

For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.). Standard policy adoption and diffusion frameworks can help make this process simple and repeatable. Estimating the size of different markets, and the speed with which they develop, is critical for a host of business decisions.

What Makes Professional Development Work?

edWeb.net

“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. Professional learning opportunities need to be designed with agency, fidelity, contextual learning, relevancy, sustainability, and iterant.

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

Edsurge

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? What methods of evaluating whether the tools work will lead to selection of the best tools for learning? Editor’s note: EdSurge is participating in the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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Ed note: 2 Pieces for Context– 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education by 2028 and Curriculum is More Important Than Learning Technology. The focus of that piece was technology, and how it might impact the way students learn in the coming decades. This piece is similar, but a bit more focused on the pros and the cons of learning trends, and the ultimate impact they might have on education, and society at large.

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

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Forget learning should be fun. Place students on the periphery when we design, plan, and respond to their learning. (It’s Fail to meaningfully involve–or better yet, require –community involvement in every layer of our system of teaching and learning. Plan backwards from standards. Build big schools and expect personalization. personalized learning, inquiry, PBL) that could change everything.

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.

The Characteristics Of A Good School

TeachThought - Learn better.

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. The Characteristics Of A Good School. by Terry Heick.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

eSpark

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. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards. Blended Learning.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards. Digital learning content. Learning materials and resources that can be displayed on a digital device and shared electronically with other users.

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

eSpark

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.” 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.

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

Edsurge

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. There’s a difference between the promises of “personalized learning” and the policies that school leaders enact—whether through changing academic standards, testing tools, teacher accountability and technology implementation—to make them a reality.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “George Mason’s President Says Some Donor Agreements Fell ‘Short’ of Academic Standards.” Via Techcrunch : “Thousands of academics spurn Nature ’s new paid-access Machine Learning journal.” Lots of suggestions this week for new academic disciplines where there may already be academic disciplines. Activate Learning has acquired Conceptua Math.

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Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

eSchool News

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