Tackling the education-to-employment gap

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, CareerBuilder and Capella Learning Solutions announced an innovative partnership, RightSkill , to bridge the growing talent gap in the United States. Qualified job seekers are enrolled in a RightSkill learning experience to learn, refine, and practice their job-ready skills.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

These chronic shortages, in turn, tend to limit the coursework that students can access. As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges.

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How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom

Edsurge

One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. The students had access to all of the learning components in the videos.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

Edsurge

And it lacks the enthusiasm—as well as the desire to help kids own and engage in their learning—that defines us as innovative educators. With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. In fact, we should use this technology to our advantage and add more ways that teachers and parents can work together face-to-face in helping every student succeed.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” In that paper, Mallory Dwinal analyzes how the macro-level influences of women’s rights, technological improvements in other sectors, and teachers’ family structures have led to shortages of teachers by grade level, subject area, region, and quality.

Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

The Christensen Institute

As competency-based education (CBE) gains momentum in higher education, the market is becoming increasingly crowded with companies and institutions working on competency-based platforms and online approaches to CBE. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach. You don’t have the privilege of learning step 2 until you’ve demonstrated mastery of step 1. If you master step 1 in a minute, you can begin learning step 2 a minute from now.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. At the same time, Kepler is working on creating student-loan programs so that more students can have access to Kepler’s programs.

How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

Edsurge

Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. Lucie Public Schools has worked tirelessly to add augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to his CTE classes over the past 12 months. EdSurge chatted with Carbenia, who shared tips on selecting, implementing and funding the technology—along with a deeply relevant lesson he learned from his family.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

First, they are creating more affordable, standardized, and commoditized services in an industry long dominated by opaque, highly customized, and expensive offerings only accessible on a regular basis to a limited part of the population. New technologies are able to do tasks that lawyers—particularly entry-level lawyers—performed traditionally. There are numerous nonconsumers who need access to legal services and cannot afford the current high-priced legal model.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Edsurge

Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. Learn more about Kiddom Academy.

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Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. I credit technology—and superheroes. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. I inserted the sheet onto my class homepage and made it publicly accessible for students to track themselves. (Of

3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

Edsurge

Based on my years of experience as a child therapist—helping young people build stronger, sturdier, more purposeful and hopeful lives—I would define what Jamal brought to the room as. In my role as the Chief Culture Officer at Valor Collegiate Academy , I’ve been wrestling lately with how to quantify, develop, and measure competencies like vulnerability in children (and adults) so that experiences like Jamal’s can become the rule rather than the exception.

Beware of taking flexibility a step too far

The Christensen Institute

At its best, online learning can catalyze new heights of flexibility—in path, pace, place, space, and teacher-student interactions—amidst an education landscape that has long looked more like an industrial production line. In blended and online environments, students can move at their own pace, and when provided access to real-time data, teachers can intervene more nimbly when individual students get stuck.

What a Summer Prototype Taught Us About Measuring Quality in an Unbundled Education System

Edsurge

In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? Framework for the Future of Learning.

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Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

Edsurge

competency-based (a.k.a. standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. They could easily access a library of lessons and assessments I’d created from scratch, or use.

How One High School is Helping Students Craft Eportfolios People Will Actually Read

Edsurge

A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives. Our school’s original eportfolio program became these brochure websites that no one went to,” says Lisa Gottfried, New Technology High School’s digital and interactive media teacher, in an interview with EdSurge. “I

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

Edsurge

As teachers, if we use technology solely for its own sake, we do students a disservice. Technology can allow students to show off their creativity. Conversely, students can show their creativity even without using technology. Artwork based on a scene of the story.

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The Self-Aware Educator -- Developing systems for the educator’s mind

Education Elements

Today we have access to more instructional strategies, procedures, and technologies than ever before. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Technology Blended Learning Models Anthony Kim District LEaders School Leaders EdTech

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What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. Make learning a priority. which Dweck associates with a false growth mindset, won’t help them achieve their learning goals, at least not in the long run. Challenge students to learn more. E-learnin

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Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators. Trends affecting the adoption of technology in schools.

Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

CUE

Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. In this system, students largely compete against themselves.

Top Summer PD Opportunities

Wisewire

There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it.

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OPINION: Four effective strategies for parents who are now homeschooling their children

The Hechinger Report

For all parents, learning how to find an appropriate work-family balance is of paramount importance. For years, we have made it our mission to help educators reimagine their schools and classrooms with a model known as competency-based learning.

How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. In other words, learning can flourish when teachers and parents agree to work together as a team. Accessibility. Schools have been using edtech for many years now as a way of improving the learning process.

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Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format.

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Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

And finally, they predictably and reliably improve over time to tackle more complex problems to transform a sector into one that is more affordable and accessible. In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press. True to form, we are seeing a variety of potentially disruptive organizations powered by online learning emerge from outside traditional higher education.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

So here are eight ed-tech organizations every teachers should know about: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). Structure: Membership-based. ISTE describes itself as a community of educators passionate about technology. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy.

What’s the Difference Between Project- and Challenge-Based Learning, Anyway?

Edsurge

For many, competency-based learning might have been the first thing to pop in their heads. But others might have considered challenge-based, community-based or even case-based learning. The fact that three letters can mean so many different things raises an obvious question: Have we reached peak “basedlearning? Cator’s organization has tried to brand CBL as challenge-based learning.)

To Jeff Bezos: 7 Suggestions for Enhancing Preschool Education, From a Former Montessori Teacher

Edsurge

Why would arguably one of the most innovative (and definitely the richest) technology tycoon of the 21st century support a low-tech pedagogy that has barely changed in more than a hundred years? Maria Montessori created a curriculum for individualized, competency-based learning a century before any of these terms became buzzwords. Invisible Tech Wildflower Montessori has done a great job of enabling invisible technology in its schools.

The silver lining of Computer Science teacher shortages

The Christensen Institute

These days it seems that everyone wants to learn computer science. Over 90% of parents want their child to learn CS. Yet only 35% of high schools teach CS, and just fifteen states offer all high school students access to CS courses. In my own experience, I know that as a short-term solution, teachers of other subjects are attending summer professional development workshops to learn the basics of teaching CS. Rethinking teaching and learning.

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! Manager of Blended Learning.

Impact Investing, Not Whitewashing: How Lumina’s Venture Arm Works

Edsurge

Many investors, foundations and even private equity firms have started so-called impact investment funds with a mission to support companies involved in teaching and learning. These, and other questions around access, financing and degree completion are things that we track.

Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever

Edsurge

In recent years, technology has played a significant role in reshaping the landscape of college teaching, and it will surely continue to do so. In this context, educators must be especially mindful that our uses of technology do not undermine meaningful learning. And doing this requires knowledge about technology and teaching. AI will have its place in teaching and learning, but transparency will be one of the key attributes of its effective application.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

WHAT: Piedmont Middle School is seeking to pilot digital learning programs that support competency-based learning in science and social studies. What’s the technology environment? Web-based preferred.

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