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.

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? Related: Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix.

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. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

techlearning

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.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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This is a tone that is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century as access to information increases, as the updating of information happens more naturally, and as blended and mobile learning environments become more common. This all emphasizes the value of uncertainty in learning.

The Characteristics Of A Good School

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How schools are designed and what students learn–and why–must be reviewed, scrutinized, and refined as closely and with as much enthusiasm as we do the gas mileage of our cars, the downloads speeds of our phones and tablets, or the operating systems of our watches.

?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.

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. Blended Learning.

The Perfect Assessment

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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?)

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

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16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. 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.”

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.

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. First, the standards are not a curriculum but rather a set of learning goals for students.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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

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. Digital Learning and Tools News