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EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. MIND’s Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson has made the case time and time again that the “one good study” paradigm is insufficient for edtech practitioners to base decisions on, and that a model of repeatable results at scale is one that should be adopted across the education industry. Dietrich, 2004), to name a few.

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Don’t Call Them Test Companies: How the College Board and ACT Have Shifted Focus


The era of trying to measure aptitude is finally over,” wrote the College Board’s president, David Coleman, in an essay in The Atlantic earlier this summer, referring to the version of the test that has been in place since 2014, when the SAT was last revised. The new SAT does not tell students or anyone else how smart students are, or how capable they are of learning new things. They’re not like people spinning their mustaches saying, ‘How do we screw the world over?’

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SEL Skills Are More Vital Than Ever. Here’s How to Choose the Right Tools.


Written in partnership with New Schools Venture Fund, the report sought out practices that lead to positive outcomes for students learning skills, such as goal setting, relationship building and independence. Ever try to engage in emotional regulation when you are hungry?

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Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can use them to teach. Not only do they battle the monsters of ignorance in quiz battle-games but when they type faster, they earn gold coins to buy awesome outfits for their avatar. And despite what some may think, the game is not required to motivate great behavior because I don’t even try to reward everything.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’


Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.” The company says it has a working prototype and is in conversations with a Long Island school to pilot the headset.

School Leaders: How to Achieve Instructional Breakthrough in Your Schools

Insight Education Group

If you’re like most district and school leaders, you started the school year with an excited staff of educators in place, a solid school improvement plan ready to be implemented, various professional development programs set up for the year, and maybe even new curricula that promised to deliver greater student achievement results. The strategies and techniques that used to work, even just a couple years ago, just aren’t working anymore. Three Levers Needed to Drive Change.

5 Reasons Why Teachers Hate Interactive Whiteboards and How to Avoid Them


But there are many advantages to interactive whiteboards, and there is value in using them in the modern classroom. Like any new technology, there are challenges to adoption and how to?overcome?them. It is hard to miss?in in recent visits to educational technology?trade

Leveraging the Popularity of Online Gaming in Corporate Training

The Game Agency

The global e-sports industry has exploded, with revenues from competitive online gaming expected to reach $906 million this year. Meanwhile, the popular game Fortnite has made more than $1 billion since it was released almost a year ago, and the World Heath Organization added “gaming disorder” to its International Classification Diseases this summer. Training professionals have the opportunity to make video games a force for good, though.

5 ways to ensure SEL is an instrument for equity of opportunity

The Christensen Institute

Last month, AEI published my new article titled “ Unleashing the social in social-emotional learning. ” In the piece, I discuss how central relationships are—and should be—to the SEL field and the outcomes it cares about. Treat relationships as outcomes.

OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Even before the global pandemic pushed many colleges and universities to teach students remotely, online learning had become an increasingly important part of higher education. Yet, as this spring’s pivot to online learning showed us, equity remains a significant challenge.

Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy


Imagine you’re in the market to buy a house. For almost a decade, selling edtech products to schools and districts has felt dangerously like selling a home over the internet. School buyers have some requirements but they’re also open to persuasion. They know the stakes are high: They’re making a commitment, not just to one season but potentially to years of usage. Both patients and those administering the tests are “blind” to who is receiving which treatment.

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Free Guide to support Students' Social-Emotional Health

Educational Technology Guy

Social Emotional Learning and Well Being is very important to students and schools. Teachers and Administrators are starting to do more with this, but free resources are always nice. 29, 2018) — It takes a village to educate students. back to school social emotional

The Value of the Online Program Management Industry


And education research firm Eduventures expects this growth to continue for the next several years. Recently, the OPM industry was discussed in an article published in The Atlantic, and the verdict was not favorable toward certain OPM providers. There is much more to share, however, about the reality of the OPM industry, its value propositions, and where its shortcomings might be. The question, then, is not whether to go online, but how. 7 Reasons to Use an OPM.

4 Ways Parents Use Media to Support Learning for Toddlers

Digital Promise

When my son Avi was about 18 months old, one of his favorite tricks was to reach into my pocket while roaring like a tiger. This was his way of asking me to play Daniel Tiger videos on my phone. Like many modern parents, I worry about Avi’s exposure to media—and about how I can navigate the tricky territory of technology use with a young child. Many of these opinions amplify especially troubling outcomes that typically do not affect most children or families.

Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures To Everyday People (For Parents of Digital Natives)

Ask a Tech Teacher

As one who manages way too many online accounts, I read this article from Ask a Tech Teacher contributor and CyberSecurity expert (retired), Sam Bocetta with interest. I should pay more attention to my passwords. Yep–switched to HTTPS for my blogs and websites. I update software when prompted (that’ll have to be black). Read Sam’s article below. And while most are aware that cyber-threats exist, most don’t know what to do about it.

Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again


Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. Inside Higher Ed (IHE) recently issued their 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology and we were excited about the big initial finding that more faculty are teaching online and that more are finding that online learning can meet the same outcomes.

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What Data Will Show That Edtech ‘Works’?


As schools and districts choose from a growing menu of online educational products and services, many educators seek evidence to inform their purchasing decisions. They’re look for data—but which numbers are the most useful to collect and analyze? Those two words fail to capture the complexity of factors influence whether a tool can deliver results. To do so, they seek to help schools figure out how ask the right questions—and what data to collect and analyze.

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Top 4 reasons why 1:1 programs fail


There is among K-12 schools a veritable on-rush to put a device in the hands of every student; a laudable and necessary ambition. However, while there are certainly successes, very many teachers and superintendents report that 1:1 programs are not correctly integrated, that the necessary training is not available, and that the focus is very much more on the “device” than what the device can do in terms of enhanced learning opportunities and outcomes.

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Six Game-Based Training Models To Achieve Your Performance Objectives

The Game Agency

Furthermore, a survey of 101 individuals, with the majority of participants between the ages of 25 to 54, found that 79% thought they would be more productive if their work was more game-like. While these are impressive statistics, it’s important to remember that not all video games are created equal. and each one maps to a set of performance objectives. Managers want to measure where employees’ skill sets lie and where there is room for improvement.

The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to advanced technology , lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. . 3D modeling and printers can bring almost any educational concept to life, while building practical skills such as problem-solving, creative coding and design. How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms.

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Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018


If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort. To date AT&T has made 27 investments. Don’t try to beat ‘em.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. I hope pou find this first article helpful and that you return for continued postings in this series.

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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! Click here to participate: The deadline to be considered for the award is. And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. So do most ed-tech companies. Click here to share it.

What Science Tells Us About Early Childhood Development


The use of science to inform learning and development can have profound results for children, particularly those in their first few years of life. Trained as a physician and neurosurgeon, Grob-Zakhary came to the education industry when she was pregnant with her first child, a time during which she “became acutely aware of the massive gap between what we know about children’s learning and development, and what we’re actually using,” she says.

A New Curriculum Helps Students With Disabilities Transition to Life After High School


I watched proudly as he used his self-determination skills to choose a major and enroll at a college that was an eight-hour drive from home. I thought he was well-prepared for the transition to life after high school, but soon realized I was wrong. While this failure felt terrible at the time, it ended up being the driving force behind the creation of a new high school transition program for students with mild to moderate disabilities. He wanted to go it alone.

Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

We hope to dig deeper into those feelings, facilitating discussion and generating ideas for innovation. When we talk about advancing K-12 educational systems and outcomes, we have to know the people involved, their goals, what takes up their time — especially when their effectiveness is a lever for student success. I just stepped out of a meeting, actually, with two teachers helping them design a project that we hope will lead to the building of a food truck.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ll be writing a range of essays this year reflecting on two decades of work toward opening the core intellectual infrastructure of education (textbooks and other educational materials, assessments, and outcomes / objectives / competency statements) in order to increase access to and improve the effectiveness of education. This post, written as part of my agreement to keynote #OER18 later this spring, provides some historical context for the emergence of open content.

7 Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt

EdNews Daily

LinkedIn originally published this article as part of the LinkedIn’s Avoid Student Debt Series. Before the Internet was alive and well in the eyes of the public, there was very little awareness built around different ways to save money for higher education. As a child, I grew up in an underprivileged environment and quickly understood the role of finances and how it impacted my life. Fast Forward to 2016. According to U.S. Where To Begin.

PDLN, Dremel partner on teacher PD badges for 3D printing

eSchool News

The PD Learning Network (PDLN) announces a partnership with Dremel to provide badge certified K-12 teacher professional development for the Dremel Idea Builder printer. One of our most important responsibilities as an education technology provider is supporting teachers as they learn how to implement new tools in their classrooms,” said George Velez, manager, Dremel 3D education.

What Is Soft Skills Training And Why Is It So Important?

The Game Agency

Want to improve your employee’s soft skills? The most effective way to do so is through game-based training. Games provide a fun and safe environment to learn, practice, fail, and ultimately master critical skills. This article outlines a variety of solutions. Soft Skills Training: Everything You Need To Know About Training Employees. But despite this trend, most companies don’t invest in improving these skills after hiring candidates.

Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent


Finding the right candidate is not only important in order to get the job done but it is also essential for building a healthy company culture. So how do you find the perfect hire? A big part of that strategy is knowing where to look to find the kind of high-quality candidates you want to add to your roster. We decided to sit down with the EdSurge Job’s team to talk specifically about how to locate “hidden” edtech talent.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning


Those days are coming to an end. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. In order to succeed in a rapidly changing market, educators, students, and publishers need to evolve. How are RLOs used?

Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists


What role does data play in developing solutions to complex challenges in education? And how do we know which approaches in what context are effective in the classroom? As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. But how are these innovations building on what we know about how people learn?

Coding Bootcamps Cross the Chasm


Back in September 2016, I applied Gartner’s Hype Cycle theory to predict the coming year in the coding bootcamp industry. Though many things in the article came to pass, as Gandalf would say, “Even the wise cannot see all ends.” I’d now like to take a second look at how Hype Cycle theory predicted the end of the “Coding Bootcamp 1.0” era and how a new theory, “Crossing the Chasm,” shows us what lies ahead. For that, we need to cross the chasm.

What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?


But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning Jessie Woolley-Wilson (CEO, DreamBox Learning): In the past, educators were focused on how to get more devices in the classroom.

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