Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English. What exactly is happening in these classrooms?

Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

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Although schools in rural areas traditionally hit roadblocks when it comes to securing technology tools and high-speed internet access in classrooms and student homes, a new study suggests students in those schools actually outperform their urban and suburban peers in access at school. The study compares characteristics of the top 5 percent and bottom 5 percent of schools and looks at factors that impact technology access and use.

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What is the role of the teacher in the online classroom? Connectivism might provide an answer

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Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online. Beyond learner satisfaction, however, is the more important belief that collaboration enhances learning outcomes and reduces the potential for learner isolation that can occur in the online environment. He is the founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). On connectivism in the classroom.

EdisonLearning and FocalPointK12 Announce Partnership to Provide Comprehensive Learning and Analytics Solution for Grades 6-12

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The partnership enables device-agnostic access to educators and students, increasing accessibility to help close the achievement gap across the nation. EdisonLearning provides digital learning solutions, including core and elective eCourses for grades 6-12. Learn more at [link].

7 Must-Have Features for Online Learning Platforms

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You can find a wide variety of learning platforms on the internet. Online learning complements and sometimes even replaces traditional classrooms. It helps to navigate through the platform and access the necessary materials. Learning Analytics.

Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

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So, in this article, I’m going to share my thoughts and experience about the technologies and solutions that reshape the educational industry and the way we learn in 2020 and beyond. Video-Based Learning. The key features of video-assisted learning are scalability and repetitiveness.

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5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

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From using YouTube to learning platforms , technology is increasingly enmeshed with the modern classroom. As education institutions fully embrace integrating technology in their pedagogy, here are 5 EdTech trends educators need to watch this year: Integrated Learning Solutions. Integrated learning solutions provide multi-platform opportunities for children to learn. Learning Analytics. Technology is fast reshaping the education landscape.

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How Good is our Return on Learning for Classroom Apps?

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Join us for What Ed Tech Apps Work Best for Learning? Monday, November 5, 2018 12:00pm Pacific time, 3:00pm Eastern With learning today so dependent on technology, districts need to know if they are investing in the programs that can make the greatest difference for their students. Dr. Ryan Baker, Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics, analyzed data correlated from these results to learn what works around the country.

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8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

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From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months. Video-assisted Learning. Gone are the days when teachers had to drag TVs into classrooms to let students watch films. Now, nearly every classroom is at least equipped with a screen and projector. Data Analytics. With more educational institutions adopting virtual learning management systems (such as Moodle, Edmodo, etc.),

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Zap Zap Math–Gamify any Math Curriculum

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Students direct their learning with a unique space-themed avatar (called a ‘mathling’) that identifies their work and keeps them engaged. Teachers (or homeschooling parents) can track the progress of up to thirty students organized into a class where they are able to gauge learning outcomes via a web-based Learning Analytics Dashboard. 10 Ways to use it in your classroom. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Education Technology Trends for 2017: An Interview With Martin McKay.

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Martin also serves in working groups to advise the US Department of Education on the accessibility of education materials, and Universal Design for Learning. I think 2017 is going to be an exciting year, there’s going to be a lot more cloud based technology than there was before and when classes and content are delivered in the cloud and via browsers, it means kids can access the same experience and content at home as they can in the classroom.

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HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

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Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. A range of specialist companies and private institutions is now providing excellent higher education components, as well as providing ancillary and support services such as examination and certification services, learning support, learning analytics, etc.

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Is edtech a win-win solution for students and educators?

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All things considered, there’s a consensus that today’s students should not only learn, but also use technology to support their learning. Worldwide there’s a growing number of initiatives to include education technologies — or edtech — in the classroom. Even though effectively integrating education technology in the classroom comes with various challenges for everyone involved, it’s all worth it nonetheless. Engaging learning materials are one factor.

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Study: Students work harder when they think they are being watched

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To that end, software programmers have designed all sorts of data dashboards for classroom teachers. These are computer screens, akin to a dashboard in a pilot’s cockpit, that visually depict students’ progress as they learn online and flag areas of concern that a teacher can address. If only teachers can be more informed during class about things they can’t normally easily monitor, then students might learn better.

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Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

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The act of talking with others—having social debates and conversations—is key to human learning, and this “social learning” has now become an important tenet of teaching and learning. Yet we tend to overlook how ingrained social learning is in our institutions, especially in higher education—how purposefully college campuses are designed to maximize the accidental run-ins and organic engagements. Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education

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3 Apps to Keep Parents in The Loop

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It didn’t mean parents as tutors, homework helpers, or classroom volunteers–although it could be those. If you’re looking for a way to involve parents more granularly in your classroom, try these three ideas: Edmodo for Parents. If your school uses Edmodo as a Learning Management System, roll out Edmodo for Parents so parents can keep updated on how their children are doing anytime, not just during report cards and parent conferences.

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Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

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Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. Not everyone thinks that’s possible, of course, and even Cavanagh, vice provost for digital learning at the University of Central Florida, admits that edtech can spark plenty of new ethical challenges along the way. But I am sort of all-in on analytics as a concept.

What are this year’s top trends at SXSW EDU?

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Connecting leaders across the learning lifecycle and around the world, SXSW EDU serves as a melting pot for the latest approaches to education. What follows is a curated list of the top 10 trends impacting teaching and learning as exhibited in the programming at SXSW EDU 2019. At a high level, this year’s trends represent a human-centered approach to empowering both the educator and student to define their own learning pathway. Moving the Needle on K-12 Accessibility.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

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In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. The goal of the software giveaway is to jump-start “learning engineering,” the practice of applying findings from learning science to college classrooms.

Managing and Sharing Your Education Data Effectively

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All educators have now become managers and reporters of data, whether they are classroom teachers compiling information on individual students and sharing it with parents, or top district administrators evaluating teachers, principals, and all their students. By Robert Low.

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The Benefits Of Using Technology In Learning

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The Benefits Of Using Technology In Learning. And while this is good news, many educators face new challenges due to this switch to remote learning, and for some, it takes time to accustom. Challenges Of Using Technology In Learning. In remote education, students are more responsible for the outcome of their learning. Online students face a huge number of distractions from their learning. The Benefits Of Using Technology For Learning.

Behaviorism, Surveillance, and (School) Work

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As we gather here today to raise funds for Ian, a learning technology specialist at UBC, we have to recognize, no doubt, how much surveillance and ed-tech affects teachers and staff as well.

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MinecraftEdu Creators Struggle to Find a Second Hit

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The company’s traction has simmered considerably from a few years ago, when as many as 15,000 classrooms were licensing its version of Minecraft, modified specifically for use in schools. Created in 2011 by Koivisto, Aleksi Postari, the current chief technology officer, and New York teacher Joel Levin, MinecraftEdu was a rare hit, in terms of a commercial game that found success in the classroom.

Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

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Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change. Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Reinventing The School Desk: Tip Tap Tap And The Internet of Things

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Classrooms are embracing interactive whiteboards and mobile devices with enthusiasm. And as many of these technologies do not monitor student performance, learning difficulties are not tracked or identified early; preventing intervention with supplementary and personalised supports. Tip Tap Tap (TTT) provides early years educators with interactive school desks combined with a Learning Content Management System. Tip Tap Tap Learning Analytics.

Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month

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This technology allows students and staff to access multiple applications and resources with a single username and password. So we got some very passionate phone calls and lost a lot of time in the classroom. And that is a very conservative number, based only on time saved using the top six critical core web applications from Pearson, McGraw-Hill, PowerSchool, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Google Classroom. Case Study: Pickens School District enjoys instant access.

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The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers

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No longer, he says, does it make sense for colleges to divorce technology from teaching and learning. DECIPHERING ‘DATA’: Yaschin also offered this analogy for how educators can think of Big Data: “There are descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Your descriptive analytics is the speedometer that shows how fast you are going. WHAT DO PROFESSORS WANT FROM LEARNING ANALYTICS? Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Why Should Students and Publishers Adapt eBooks in STEM Learning

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STEM-based learning programs are being introduced in schools all across the globe. STEM has proved to be a much better educational program in terms of learning effectiveness and leading to better career opportunities than the regular curriculum. Students gain valuable experience with the help of hands-on learning activities practiced extensively in STEM-based education. Over the last few years, eBooks have become synonymous with flexible learning.

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National Study: What Apps Work Best?

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With more than $3 billion spent on ed tech products last year and more than 2,500 programs on the market, educators across the country need to know which products are likely to make a difference in teaching and learning. Baker, Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics focused on what aggregate data can tell us about the programs we use and how effective the apps we use for math, ELA and science are. Join us for What Ed Tech Apps Work Best for Learning?

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Production Value in Online Higher Education

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While the efforts by MIT ( starting in 2001 ) and others in the "Open Movement" served as strong social statements about the importance of access to education - if not education, then educational content - they also put the university on display to an unprecedented degree. Too many courses still rely on repurposed static classroom materials and an incoherent pastiche of free content pulled from a variety of sources.

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School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons.

3 lessons from data on how students are actually using educational apps and software at school

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classrooms but a study finds that students aren’t using much of the pricey software that schools buy (Photo by Jackie Mader). The company hired Ryan Baker, director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics , and another data scientist to mine the data and create a national snapshot of technology use for the 2017-18 school year. Related: Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise. Apps are increasingly common in U.S.

Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

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According to the surveyed candidates who are now not working in STEM fields, they did not pursue a STEM career due to a lack of access to resources and opportunities. But now with mobile phones, tablets, and laptops being a part of school education, it is much easier to deliver STEM courses on these devices, making the courses more interactive, accessible and engaging. Related: How to Improve Student Learning Outcomes with Digital Learning. What is STEM?

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How a Parody Twitter Account Helps Decode the Hulking Educause Conference (And What to Expect This Year)

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Improving Learning and Teaching with Learning Analytics: What Do Teachers Want? Open Badges Update and the IMS Global Open Badges Extensions in Education Project with Brenda Perea (Colorado Community College System), Mark Leuba (IMS Global Learning Consortium), Anthony Newman (Purdue University), Jonathan Finkelstein (Credly). Sugata Mitra: The Future of Learning (Keynote). remotely accessible).

In the marketplace: Science achievement skyrockets, makerspaces expand, and more

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education. Developed by Accelerate Learning and Rice University, STEMscopes is the most widely used science curriculum in Texas.

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