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Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It’s Perfect for Now.

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Then COVID-19 catapulted education into crisis mode, forcing her and all students and teachers into at-home learning situations across the world. Older students employed as essential workers, at grocery stores and warehouse distribution centers, lost significant learning time.

The liberal arts have a bright future in competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Although competency-based learning in higher education is arising based on the need for more affordable programs that prepare students for the workforce, by no means is competency-based learning inherently synonymous with the demise of the liberal arts. Second, online, competency-based programs don’t have to be about training students for a specific job; they can offer a more general liberal-arts program.

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New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work

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Does competency-based education hold the key to providing an equitable learning opportunity to every student? As she puts it, competency-based learning “gives students the chance. Distinctive Schools network, we have been on a journey implementing personalized learning that takes a competency based approach. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery.

3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform

Neo LMS

The availability of AI technologies, machine learning, robotics and so on is happening much faster than people might expect. We are not talking about some science fiction dream that is going to take 20 years to accomplish; almost all of these technologies are already available to various degrees in various industries, and they’ll go to the next level sometime in the next year, or in the next few years. But with the help of educational technologies, things change.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

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The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. Mary Earick, project director for NG2, says the purpose of the program is to create more flexible learning pathways for students through “competency-based multiage schooling,” which allows students to move on to new objectives only after mastering others. “[NG2]

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity. As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity. But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system?

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

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Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. A competency-based learning system focuses on the demonstration of a student’s academic performance. Students are allowed to progress by way of individualized learning programs at a rate that challenges their growth and supports their development.

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

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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.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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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. This was at odds with my experience, because I relied extensively on edtech for assessments.

Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ‘the Last Thing We Want to Be’

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He’s started working with more schools and districts—instead of reaching students mainly at home—and has partnered with assessment groups, such as the College Board and, most recently, the NWEA for personalized test prep materials. The latter group administers the MAP Assessment—a test designed to measure growth in reading and math. A teacher will cover a topic for a couple of weeks and then there’ll be an assessment.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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SEL and MESH competencies. Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. Even American political parties, at-odds about everything, agree SEL competencies play a vital role in the economic success of today’s students. Soft skills.

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 turn, schools can start to move away from seat time and fixed-date assessments, hallmarks of the antiquated factory-model school. That’s not to say that some students and families aren’t seeking a mix of home-and school-based learning.

Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education

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Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. This is the standard definition of competency-based education that most educators, policymakers and researchers largely agree with: a system in which students progress based on their demonstration of mastery of a certain concept or skill. In practice, competency-based education resembles the thousand-flower garden. What role does technology play?

Personalizing Path & Pace Through Mastery Learning

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A core element of personalized learning involves tailoring students’ path and pace to their specific needs and interests. This practice is often coupled with the overarching philosophy of mastery learning, sometimes referred to as competency-based education. One of the most effective ways to personalize the path and pace of student learning is to build a strong foundation of competency based learning in your classroom or institution.

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4 Digital learning trends for Higher Education

Neo LMS

Despite the growing demand for edtech and online learning, face-to-face lectures and on-campus activities remained the core part of how students accessed their education. Read more: 3 Ways in which edtech enables hybrid learning. 4 Digital learning trends for Higher Education.

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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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The 6 principles of mastery-based learning

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Innovation in education is a must if we want to keep up with technology and global advancements. Teaching needs to be student-centered, but most of all, it should be based on the graduate profile. Mastery-based learning is a competency-oriented teaching method.

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Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

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Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning. It helps schools and districts assess their needs, recognize their strengths and how to work with those, and map out a plan.

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers. The idea upends the disparaging assessment, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, that teachers are people who have no other useful skills. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

The Hechinger Report

The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. They get frequent updates on which skills they’ve learned and which ones they need to acquire. Mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning, is taking hold across the country. New Hampshire is adopting it, too, and developing a statewide assessment method that would replace most standardized tests.

INTERVIEW: Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech

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Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING, participated to a live event for Digital Learning Day 2019. The event was hosted by Phill Bevan, Community Advisor at VETR , a digital learning community for the Australian vocational education and training sector. Phill and Graham had a wonderful conversation on the topic of e-learning and explored six key digital learning trends that are reshaping the EdTech landscape. Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech.

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IXL Awarded Research-Based Design Product Certification from Digital Promise

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IXL submitted its whitepaper, ” IXL Design Principles: Core Features Grounded in Learning Science Research ,” as evidence that links IXL’s product design to established research on how students learn. SAN MATEO, Calif.,

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

The Hechinger Report

The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. The April issue’s theme was “Nontraditional learning.” Technology Bridges the Language Gaps. The middle school has started using an online system to guide self-paced learning, and Ms.

Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

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An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. Students who don’t understand a topic and don’t do well on the summative assessment for that subject, aren’t automatically moved on because time allotted for that topic ran out. Assessments are competency-based and referenced to school learning criteria.

What Public School Teachers Want: Less Disruption

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When federal dollars incentivize new reforms, such as outcomes or competency-based education, consultancy groups, such as the Marzano Corp., All of America’s children deserve to love learning and to develop creativity and critical thinking skills, not just rote memorization.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

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Shifting from an industrial-age education model to a post-industrial learner-centered model is an essential part of preparing students for college and 21 st century careers, and the process works best when the learner-centered approach is applied to the professional learning of teachers and administrators, as well as the education of their students. Application to Professional Learning. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning.

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

The Christensen Institute

About the author: Casey Lynch is a K-12 education research intern with the Christensen Institute focused on interviewing and profiling schools in the Blended Learning Universe Directory, and a rising 8th grade English teacher in The School District of Philadelphia. Many teachers interested in implementing blended learning may be deterred by challenges in their school contexts. Innovation theory and the Blended Learning Universe Directory stand to offer implementable solutions.

Mixing Automation and a Human Touch, New Software Helps Keep Students ‘On Task’

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Education technology researcher George Siemens and a colleague hope that personalized learning approaches can help better connect professors and students in large classes. OnTask identifies the challenges students face and gives regular feedback in the form of a detailed automated email that’s personalized,” says Siemens, director of the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

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? Our current approach of summative assessments has few fans.

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The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. Although proponents of personalized learning often talk about affording students more choice regarding how they learn, few schools have managed to figure out a coherent architecture to get there. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

A 2018 study conducted by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) highlights schools in 9 states that have already started to implement interoperable systems with promising results. It also helps schools reach goals like higher student success, better data analysis, more robust cybersecurity and easier access to education technology, the report’s authors explain. Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction. Every student is unique and learns differently. When school starts this fall, teachers can use Gooru to personalize lessons for their students,” said Michele Hansen, president of the Girard Education Foundation.

What the Shortcomings of EdTech Mean for Improving Distance Learning and Schools

MindShift

Despite all the promises of education technology in transforming how students learn, change has been, at best, incremental. Bold claims have been made in the past decade about personalized learning, automated assessments and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Plus, their basic needs are met – perhaps, someone else is responsible for household duties – so they have less distractions from learning and can better practice self-regulation skills.

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