Is competency-based learning the next big thing in school reform?

eSchool News

In a typical Georgia school, kids like Sean Prisk would have to abide by a kind of classroom speed limit, forced to learn at the same pace as others his age. Sean entered Locust Grove Middle School as it was implementing “competency-basedlearning, which tailors schooling to each child’s ability. The school’s computer-based approach could be replicated across the state if education reformers appointed by Gov.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

Structure: Membership-based. The organisation’s primary activities include hosting key learning events, chief among them the annual ISTE conference and expo , producing professional development resources and a number of annual publications. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy. CoSN positions itself as the only national professional association dedicated exclusively to education technology leaders working to transform learning. Structure: Research-based Foundation.

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How micro-credentials could have a chance

eSchool News

The study, from nonprofit ed-tech advocacy group Digital Promise and consulting firm Grunwald Associates, takes a detailed look at how teachers say they feel about professional development and competency-based micro-credentials. New survey delves into how teachers would use micro-credentials and examines how widely-known the concept is.

9 Characteristics of authentic learning

Neo LMS

In a quest to find solutions to these issues, educators and experts in the field have tried to find an approach to learning that would spark students’ curiosity and motivation, that would engage them more in class and which would provide them with a set of skills necessary to face the 21st century society. 9 Characteristics of authentic learning. Interdisciplinary learning. Student-directed learning. Flexibility of learning environment and resources.

Does the future of schooling look like Candy Land?

The Hechinger Report

At first glance, the binders incorporating a whole year of learning at the Parker-Varney elementary school in Manchester look a little like Candy Land, the beloved game of chance where players navigate a colorful route past delicious landmarks to arrive at a Candy Castle. MANCHESTER, N.H. —

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The canary in the law school coal mine

The Christensen Institute

On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning. But were entities to emerge that paired online learning, with its flexibility and competency-based learning attributes, with place-based clinical experiences that trained students to practice law in a more affordable and practice-oriented fashion, the pressure on law schools would only increase.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

Edsurge

Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. It’s about empowering students to communicate, to collaborate, to learn critical thinking skills. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it.” Source: KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Resources.

The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine

Edsurge

On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning. But were entities to emerge that paired online learning, with its flexibility and competency-based learning attributes, with place-based clinical experiences that trained students to practice law in a more affordable and practice-oriented fashion, the pressure on law schools would only increase.

Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized

MindShift

The founders of College Unbound , an accredited college program, started out with the dream of creating a college experience that supports kids from low-income backgrounds to succeed; a program based on the principles of Big Picture Learning, where academics are connected to students’ passions and the real world of work and mentors. It’s not a safe space where they’re made to feel like a participant in their learning.”. COMPETENCY BASED LEARNING.

Join Us for the Third Annual Global Leadership Summit - March 23rd, 2018 in Boston

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paid registration is required [link] About the Summit In a time of increased cultural diversity, global connectivity, and polarization of perspectives, how can leaders in classrooms, schools, districts, and education policy arenas support students with the competencies to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in diverse communities? Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Senior Remi Savard is part of the last class at Montpelier High School that experienced the system before the school’s switch to a proficiency-based model. “It’s Remi Savard is one of the last students at Montpelier High School who remembers what class was like before the school switched to a proficiency-based model three years ago. “If Now, Savard says, learning targets are clearer, and there’s more opportunity to truly understand the material. “It’s

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

‘Bigly’ Education Decisions for 2017

Edsurge

Department of Education (ED) staff, Congressional leaders, state school chiefs, and leaders of major trade associations, think tanks, and advocacy groups.). They are not accommodating of programs that are trying to move towards other measures, such as the demonstration of student skills and workforce-ready competencies. Reform of student aid rules would be well timed, amid a growing shift across both the learning and hiring landscape.

The 2018 Global Leadership Summit - March 23rd, 2018 in Boston

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paid registration is required [link] About the Summit In a time of increased cultural diversity, global connectivity, and polarization of perspectives, how can leaders in classrooms, schools, districts, and education policy arenas support students with the competencies to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in diverse communities? Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.”