Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks.

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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials.

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In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

For her Schoolzilla company to continue to grow, it needed a larger sales division. based company up for acquisition talks. Schoolzilla, the company perhaps best known for its Mosaic dashboard product, has found a new home with Renaissance Learning , a Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.-based

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Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

Edsurge

That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Few education companies have successfully pulled off a freemium business model. “It’s

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. Kiddom , a startup based in San Francisco, will offer core curriculum materials from the nonprofit publisher on its curriculum management system.

Helping Teachers Reach Every Student

EdNews Daily

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about the men and women who are creating today’s EdTech companies. The method teaches children to read by providing training and direction instruction materials for teachers and individualized software instruction for students.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Based on universal access to free and equal schools, the social contract for public education equates the attainment of a high school diploma with readiness for college, meaningful participation in the workforce, and the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. In my view, at least four such assurances are needed in a digital age: One, we must ensure every student has access to the digital tools they need to succeed in school.

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

techlearning

June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

Edsurge

portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans. Under his tenure, Pearson has embarked on a rocky transition to refocus Pearson as a digital-focused education company. The company’s revenue from U.S. They’re much more comfortable with access, not ownership model.”

Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?

Edsurge

Digital distribution and getting online materials directly to consumers, on the other hand, has proven tougher to crack. Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. Today, the company announced it is inviting any content creator, including individual educators, to apply for its Premium Content program. Content may be king.

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year.

How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

Edsurge

And edtech companies cater to this fragmentation in their product design and marketing. Curriculum and instructional materials live on websites, in the cloud, on paper, in LMS’s, in Google Drive or OneDrive. There are over 132,000 school communities in the United States.

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A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education. But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital. In other words, as the business reaches more students, the company generates higher revenue and more value—financially and with social impact. Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available.

Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

” As I’ve investigated the exploit, I wanted to share the three lessons I believe those of us in K-12 education should take from this incident: First , the exploit vector employed by the attacker, the potential level of access to user accounts it granted, and the speed with which it spread should be deeply concerning to those who work in K-12 education.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning—the technology enabler of many forms of personalized learning—leverages the flexibility of online learning to break the constraints of the traditional whole-class, single-pace instructional model to differentiate instruction more effectively to students’ needs.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

Iterating Toward Openness

They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that OER can be just as effective – or more effective – than commercial materials. material curation and upkeep).

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MetaMetrics Unveils Resource Centers to Help Educators and Parents Manage Multiple Student Reading and Math Measures

techlearning

When a student gets a Lexile or Quantile measure from a test, that provides educators and parents with valuable information for differentiating instruction and accelerating achievement,” said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D.,

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

techlearning

More than just scores, Lexile and Quantile measures are a tool for educators to help personalize instruction and an easy-to-understand measure that can be discussed with parents and other stakeholders.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

the ethical implications of Facebook in education → This site is intended as an accessible and easy to understand guide enabling visitors to draw their own conclusions about the appropriateness of Facebook in education. Tagged on: April 29, 2017 xDedic Darknet Marketplace Specializes in Selling Access to School and University Servers | The Merkle → "It is not surprising to learn the xDedic crew is mainly targeting servers belonging to educational institutions.

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Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

techlearning

The curriculum also provides teachers with access to student progress data to help determine which students need intervention and where, thus supporting their unique needs.

Study: Adaptive, gamified approach can boost math scores

eSchool News

Examining test scores at the start of the year and again at the end, the analysis found that students given access to Front Row scored on average nearly 10 (9.86) percentage points higher, and approximately two months ahead in terms of mathematical achievements.

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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

In the absence of answers to this question, it is too easy for teachers and administrators to become unwitting brand ambassadors for companies seeking to integrate their products into the classroom, regardless of impact on student learning and success.

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Curriculum Associates Enhances i-Ready® with Major Upgrades for Back to School 2018

techlearning

The completely-redesigned teacher experience provides actionable data insights with simplified navigation, improved alerts, and streamlined reports that show teachers the immediate actions to help differentiate instruction and drive the greatest student gains. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

We know there is a shortage of quality classroom material that will help educators teach to these standards in the important subject area of science,” said Josh Goldberg, chief strategy officer, Legends of Learning. “We

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

The beginning of each school year offers teachers the perfect opportunity to update their instructional materials,” said Jerry "Jay" McKinney, an educator with Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School Board. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc.,

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Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

Edsurge

Blum: At ACT (which acquired OpenEd),we’re focused on the question of: If you’ve identified the learning gap, what’s the best instructional material to help the student? Not just ACT material; we want to give you the best instructional resource we can find. Say I’m a teacher, and an edtech company says “my math tool is AI-backed.” Don’t doubt it: Machine learning is hot—and getting hotter.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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