Free Digital K-12 Academic Standards Registry Announced


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. The IMS CASE Registry will be based on the new Competency and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) open standard from IMS Global.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. Last week, I attended the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Achievement Gap Summit , where I spoke on a panel about the impact that technology can have on closing the achievement gap. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.


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The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? Prevailing local technology use? Though many teachers remain against reckless #edtech integration, the conversation is clearly shifting from should technology play a central role in the learning process to how should technology be used to promote learning? What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016.

Why the ‘Best’ Ideas in Education Technology and Reform Don’t Win


Are equity issues better solved through rigorous academics, or by prioritizing students’ social and emotional wellbeing? Education Technology Entrepreneurship Community Policy & GovernmentEducation reformers and technologists often lament that the best ideas or tools don’t win.

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21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Information Technology. W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. Discover ways to establish not just a space but a culture connecting authentic learning and standards to making. Explore ways to bring design, computational thinking, coding, robotics, electronics, engineering, and other elements of making into the regular classroom day in support of academic standards across the school in every subject.


How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

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How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching. A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Tacked-on learning technology can do this. But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech? 10 Ways Technology Has Changed Education: The Iconic Actions #edtech Should Disrupt. You may dislike standards-based reporting, using labels like “proficient,” or grading with a 1-3 scale.

Magic of the Everyday: Southern CA Educators Share 10 Best Teaching, Technology Practices


Many leaders spoke about the importance of collaborating across districts for a variety of initiatives—from planning a technology implementation to creating buy-in from teachers and providing professional development opportunities. Over in Lynwood Unified, Patrick Gittisriboongul, Chief Technology Officer, adopted a similar strategy, working alongside educators to create a 5-Step “Playbook” for rethinking the use of technology in schools. When driving into Riverside, Calif.

Kids Don’t Always Believe in Climate Science. Are Schools Miseducating Them?


For the book, she tracked what schools in each state are actually teaching about climate science, and uncovered the watered-down standards and outright climate change denial adopted by some states, as well as a well-funded campaign of misinformation spearheaded by fossil fuel companies.

Online Learning Is Not the Enemy


The tangled web of grading, posting assignments, and communicating with students—plus maintaining an engaging and supportive instructor presence, much less high academic standards—often turned confusion into chaos.

Acceleration Is Better Than Focusing on Learning Loss. This Unique Summer School Shows Why.


As a bonus, these accelerated learning approaches give a lower priority to repetition or “skill-and-drill” uses of instructional technology. Focus on gatekeeper standards. Aligning complex instruction to standards ensures accountability and readiness.

How to do online learning well? A California district has some answers.

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Every 4- and 5-year-old in this transitional kindergarten classroom was doing something different, tailored specially to their academic development. The role of technology. But educators say that technology by itself isn’t what makes Lindsay’s model work. LINDSAY, Calif. —

What an Admissions Fight at America’s ‘Best’ High School Says About Educational Equity


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was the first where students designed a satellite that was actually launched into space. Education Technology EdSurge Podcast

How This Teacher’s Influence Reaches Beyond Any Classroom

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The contest was held at the New York Stock Exchange, where 51Talk’s top students gathered to take place in its first annual academic competition. My interest was peaked because it was not often that I encountered students at the age of 10 that were able to meet these academic standards.” ESL Featured TechnologyOn August 15, 2017, 51Talk brought students from China to New York to compete in an English competition titled: The 51Talk Star Final.

Adding a Computational Boost to Your K-8 Lessons

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We also wanted to center each districts’ CS mission and vision and integrate the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Computer Science and the KAS for Technology. How can K-8 teachers integrate computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) into classrooms?

What Do Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World? More Than Tech and Academics


Her book doesn’t dive into what academic curriculum is better, or whether or not kids need to learn to code. EdSurge: You talk a lot in your book about the currencies and competencies that kids need, but not so much about academics. Education Technology EdSurge Podcast

What Motivates Maker Educators?


Another challenge for teachers is the need for more professional development and help in connecting maker activities to curriculum and academic standards. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityWho are the people spearheading maker education? And what motivates them? These are just a few of the questions behind a new study (PDF) from SRI International on the. Maker Education Initiative.

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers


There are also upstart competitors offering writing tools such as Turnitin and WriteLab, which are attempting to use artificial intelligence technology to parse a student’s submission and offer constructive feedback. Each lesson, Murphy shares, will “break down academic standards around literacy into discrete subskills.” (For Education Technology Financing Edtech Business“Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy.

Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum


Over the years, the company created accompanying lessons for teachers and students to use on its calculator technology. Meyer says Desmos’ middle-math core curriculum aligns with state and Common Core academic standards. It’s an art competition unlike most others.

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


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.

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


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.

In 2019, What’s REALLY the Definition of a Teacher?

EdNews Daily

Maybe, we need to look at educators in a new context of what teaching really is in most schools, and whether it should be given cultural, economic and technological change. Plus, Teachers are supposed to be maestros of all technologies and personalizing separate paths for every single one of their students. They deliver specific chunks of knowledge that are outlined by academic standards and required by school policy in the curriculum, not random tangents of knowledge.

7 Principles Of Sustainable Learning: An Agrarian Learning Model

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’ The big idea of this post is using nature as a standard for learning, but it also then functions in juxtaposition to our existing model. If its purpose was merely to ‘to expose students to academic content,’ they’d be wildly successful.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. Types of Standard Alignment.

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The Definition Of Combination Learning

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It is purposefully flexible, and adaptable to a variety of content areas, grade levels, and available local technology. It can be standards-based or open-ended; technology-based or based on in-person human interaction; project-based, game-based, rigorous, supportive, etc.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality


Alignment of Data Standards for Describing Learning Objectives When applying the Google Maps metaphor to learner navigation, the points of interest on the map are competencies—the things that a person can learn, such as skills, knowledge, dispositions, and habits of practice. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

Schools Say Highest Pressure from Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

EdNews Daily

Then a re-write of academic standards that had to be mapped to teaching and learning, constantly in revision. 42 percent gave a high-pressure rating of 8-10 to “increasing technology complexity.” . Fixers are almost universally introspective insiders, tweaking the existing standard structure. .

Fostering competency in Arizona

The Christensen Institute

As a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank devoted to using innovation to fashion a student-centered education system that educates every student successfully, our research shows that we are fortunate to live in a day when schools and teachers are now leveraging technology to personalize students’ learning experiences in an economical and scalable way.

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment


Welcome to the third and final post in this series focusing on teacher workload, and how technology can assist teachers with the three greatest time heavy activities. Today we’ll look at grading and assessment, and how technology can assist teachers to streamline the process, as well as extract more valuable information on how students are tracking on their learning pathways. It also has a rubric maker that aligns entirely with the Common Core standards, which is very handy.

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


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. When districts invest in new instructional technology, many teachers find that at first their students are quiet and focused, clicking away on activities aligned to their instructional needs. It’s no wonder that only 58% of teachers are comfortable using technology in class.

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan


Eliminating school library programs and certified school librarian positions deprive students of rich learning opportunities, jeopardize academic and reading achievement, and perpetuate educational inequities. technology

Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better


I invest in education technology, but decades before I knew what a venture capitalist was, I was a history teacher in a small town in America’s heartland where I started my school’s first “Internet club.” I’m a believer in the merits of technology and have written about how technology can be used to broaden access to knowledge , connect people and even improve empathy. Education Technology Technology Trends Digital and Media Literacy Enterprises

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings


The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills. Freckle launched with an online, adaptive K-8 math tool and joined the Imagine K12 accelerator for education technology startups. Education Technology Mergers and AcquisitionsAt 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. It was spring 2018.

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


You can’t actually function in a purely academic zone without also developing the sensibilities, orientations, behaviors and strategies that all of us use to navigate our everyday lives.” This type of thinking and teaching, which took a back seat to the academic standards-based accountability movement of the past 30 years, is now on the rise. Education Technology Social-Emotional Learning

Making Is Great Because It’s Chaotic. But Not Everyone Is Looking for Chaos.


And these educators in our focus groups were more likely than teachers of younger students to use technologies such as 3D printers and green screens. Education Technology Maker and DIY Movement Education Research Teaching & Learning“Messy.”

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

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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. Given that goal, the nonprofit commissioned a study of out-of-school programs to see how they use digital media tools and technologies with students. K-12 News achievement gap Expanded learning time Personalized Learning Technology access

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