Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

At the same time, innovative education leaders and classroom teachers are engaging, motivating, and nurturing students to develop mindsets for college and career readiness and lifelong learning, and they are supporting social and emotional development. Increase Feedback and Assessment.

10 findings about K-12 digital learning

eSchool News

Digital learning itself is expanding in schools, but access to classroom and home technology still remains a major obstacle, according to a new study from Schoology. Nearly 42 percent of study participants say lack of student access at home is their biggest obstacle to student learning.

6 things to prepare teachers for Digital Learning Day

eSchool News

Digital learning plays an integral part in helping students build the skills they need for academic and personal success. In fact, it’s so important that it has its own day, and this year, Digital Learning Day is on February 28.

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to the successful digital transformation and implementation of innovative practices at my former school when I was a principal the key driver for us was the ability to show, not just talk about, evidence of improvement.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. New Jersey and Michigan developed individual state tech readiness tools in preparation for (online) assessment,” she said.

Digital Learning Program From @snaplearning Can Boost Your Class Library!

Kleinspiration

Print PDFs, Read Digital Books, and Graph Progress Snap! Learning , a recognized publisher of K-8 reading curriculum, which has created a platform in which teachers can expand their classroom library without expanding their classrooms. as I''ve learned more about their product.

ASCD's #Empower18 Conference Report

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Attendees attended Learning Labs and Poster sessions facilitated by educators. The conversations in these presentations centered on impactful instruction and the magnitude of digital options. IXL provides a standards-aligned immersive learning experience for all K-12 subjects.

Loop Learnings: A Year of Insights from Digital Learning Leaders

Edsurge

Paper is the traditional first-year anniversary gift, but our EdSurge Loop members have been exchanging digital gifts since the networking experiment started just over a year ago. Each week, available members opt in for a video call with a peer in their cohort of instructional designers or cohort of deans, directors and provosts of digital learning. So what have Loop members learned in a year of exchanging knowledge? adaptive learning.

The digital learning plan every educator should read

eSchool News

North Carolina’s brand new Digital Learning Plan is generating buzz in schools and at the capitol. Here’s what other states can learn. Like every state, educators in North Carolina are struggling with complex demands around digital learning.

Personalized Learning Needed in Increasingly Diverse Classrooms, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

But a lack of high-quality curricula designed to support that personalized learning is stalling the effort, according to a new report. Digital Promise , a California-based nonprofit organization, calls for increased emphasis on supports and resources designed for personalized learning with this more diverse student population. New technology is key to allowing educators to provide this personalized support, the report says.

In the marketplace: Schools expect digital learning budgets to increase

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

With the widespread introduction of laptops and tablets into the classroom, the digitization of primary education is rapidly expanding across the United States, making access to quality education materials easier and more flexible than ever before.

Can public schools replicate the Mooresville model for digital learning success? Former superintendent Mark Edwards says they can

The Hechinger Report

Mooresville Graded School District, near Charlotte, North Carolina, has become a national leader over the last decade in using digital learning tools to improve student achievement. But actually, it really became the cornerstone of our work and aligned with our digital conversion.

Smartphones-in-School, Brain Mush, Teaching Deep Reading…and Apples & Bicycles!

EdNews Daily

According to a 2018 report by Pew Research , one in four Americans didn’t read a single book in the last year, and bookstore chains are in decline. The Learning Counsel also authored a recent paper entitled “ Digital vs. Paper Books: Let’s Do the Math! ”.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

From the right to the left, from those who support school choice to those who have sought to protect traditional school districts, from superintendents and principals to the presidents of the two major teachers unions, and from industry leaders to researchers, a diverse group of unlikely bedfellows released on Tuesday a new effort and accompanying report to rethink education in America titled Education Reimagined: A transformational vision for education in the U.S.

When His Roster Outgrew His Classroom, This Prof Mastered Modular Online Curriculum

Edsurge

Right before the start of the Fall semester in 2002, Robertson learned that the 400-seat movie theater that held his Principles of Marketing class at San Francisco State University would no longer be available. In fact, it is the reason his sought-after courses now are able to accommodate up to 1,400 people per semester—offering each student a learning experience that is more flexible, personalized, and engaging than ever before. His choice: modular learning.

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

Edsurge

Even as many traditional textbook providers are transitioning to digital formats, paper and ink have proved stubbornly resilient. The nonprofit publisher of K-12 curriculum launched in 2016 expecting an audience for its digital offerings. Digital versions are made available for free. “We

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Food for thought: The data-driven future of food and higher education

The Christensen Institute

We already know that it can be placeless, as online technologies have enabled new modalities of learning that support greater flexibility, accessibility, and convenience. Physical campuses do not have a monopoly on learning. This blog was first published by the Sandbox ColLABorative.

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How Immersive Learning Empowers Students and Teachers Alike

Veative

Designers of these projects used various peripheral devices such as head-mounted display gear, data gloves, and body suits for a fully immersive learning experience. Enable Experiential Learning and Continuous Participation. Foster Constructivist Learning.

Not Another Dashboard: K-12 Interoperability Efforts Aim to Inform (Not Just Report)

Edsurge

Yet as teachers and students interact with a growing collection of digital tools and services, making data systems “talk” to each other has become a priority. Schools and districts needed a way to standardize data about their students’ backgrounds and achievement levels to meet state and federal reporting requirements. As today’s education technology tools are used more frequently to drive instruction, expectations have grown for how data can support teaching and learning.

What Student Leaders Think About the Future of Education

Edsurge

EdSurge Independent was created in 2016 as a way to change that by providing college and university students a platform to share their ideas, concerns, excitement and frustrations with the way technology shapes teaching and learning in higher education. You can find the full report here , and a snapshot of highlights below. These articles range from course content and pedagogy, to fostering an inclusive learning environment, and even extracurricular activities.

What to Expect from VR in the Classroom

Veative

As Jaime Donally has rightfully pointed out in her book, Learning Transported , many educators are won over by the wow factor of immersive technologies, but they fail to make a direct connection between technological tools such as VR and AR and content areas and student objectives.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency.

Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

The Christensen Institute

The report said the University should repay Uncle Sam over $700 million. Even if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education ignore the audit’s recommendations—as they should—and allow WGU to continue to access federal aid, the report is not an innocent exercise in government oversight. And employers overwhelmingly report high satisfaction with the school’s graduates, as 95 percent of its graduates are employed, and 87 percent are employed in their degree field.

Making student data more usable: What innovation theory tells us about interoperability

The Christensen Institute

As schools adopt blended learning, many are eager to use the floods of student learning data gathered by their various software systems to make better instructional decisions. Each piece of learning software usually has its own proprietary dashboards and reports, and the software typically does not tag, categorize, or provide access to its data in a way that makes data easy to share across systems.

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Time’s up: Full-time virtual charter schools must become transparent together

The Christensen Institute

Put aside the crystal clear anecdotes that go beyond the on average results— something education researchers are not good at doing—that show that for certain students in certain circumstances, full-time virtual charter schools are absolutely the best place for them to learn and that these students have not only been successful in these environments, they have also thrived in ways they would not have in traditional brick-and-mortar schools. The assessments must be valid and reliable.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

Games and Apps for Supporting Young Students with Mathematics Difficulties

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The most recent data from the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that 58% of US fourth grade students are below proficiency level in mathematics (The Nation’s Report Card, 2013). Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, Inside Higher Ed reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been enthusiastic about competency-based learning’s potential. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

Librarians: Information literacy is a must-have skill

eSchool News

Overall, lack of budget and limited staffing were reported as some of the greatest obstacles for doing as much as they would like to drive development of this important skill set,” said Kevin Stehr, ProQuest vice president of North American sales.

How to help students become digital creators

eSchool News

A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning. ” “Digital creativity is not just an idea. Encourage digital creation and regular instruction. • To read the full report, visit: cosn.org/ed-tech-next-reports.

Utah’s early literacy program works–here’s why

eSchool News

The state’s UPSTART program, developed by the nonprofit Waterford Institute, uses an early literacy curriculum delivered digitally in the home. Bader Reading and Language Assessment.).

Too much technology could hurt learning outcomes

eSchool News

Using computers and other learning technology too often can be detrimental to student performance, OECD says. The report also explores differences in performance between print and digital reading. In addition, the test assessed students’ internet browsing and navigation skills.

3 ways to use tech in social and emotional learning

eSchool News

As students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, social and emotional learning, supported by technology, can help build in-demand skills. Technology can help deliver social and emotional learning both efficiently and effectively, the authors assert.

EXCLUSIVE: They’re here–robots are teaching your children

eSchool News

“I wanted to see if they could teach real students, because we’ve seen robots help children with social-emotional learning.” “And they all passed their post-unit assessments.” Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News News

Nearpod now integrates with Google Classroom

eSchool News

We are excited to deepen our integration with Google with today’s announcement and allow teachers to share interactive lessons seamlessly with their students, and get immediate formative assessment through the Nearpod platform. Digital Learning and Tools Google IT Newsletter News Top News

Mimio unveils MimioMobile for browsers

eSchool News

The MimioMobile app will now be compatible with any device with a supported web browser, so educators and students can access and use the application’s assessment and collaboration features from nearly any device, including Chromebooks and Windows surface tablets.

Document Student Growth with Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Digital portfolios are one of the most powerful ways my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning journeys. Digital portfolios help students set, track, and achieve their academic learning goals. Students attach screenshots and links to their work along with a personal reflection of how they will apply the learning. The time to implement digital portfolios is at the start of the course.

Results of the 2016 National Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey

eSchool News

The Learning Counsel released the results of its third annual Survey of school and district digital curriculum strategy and transformation, sponsored by Ruckus Wireless. 2016 was also the highest year on record for digital curriculum spending.