Introduce Computational Thinking with the Music Industry

Digital Promise

We’re excited to release two new resources—a short video and a two-page handout—that teachers can use to introduce students to how the music industry is using data and computation. How teachers can use the music industry to engage students with data.

How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing the Education Industry?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Results can be then assessed and graded accordingly, which facilitates the overall learning experience immensely. When I started teaching, syncing work between school and home was impossible. Completing homework required either printing it and bringing it in as paper or–well, nothing.

When It Comes to Technology and Engineering, National Report Card Confirms: Girls Rule


Pretty well, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The assessment featured 15 scenario-based tasks, which incorporated video clips, audio, animation and text, as well as 77 discrete questions.

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Why investing in real-world feedback R&D could revolutionize assessments

The Christensen Institute

Fast forward to today, and a recently released report details the over 400 responses the foundations received from field experts and practitioners. As someone who writes for a living, I was especially interested in one of the suggestions for improving nonfiction writing learning and assessment: investing in programs that connect students with “authentic” audiences, like career professional or community residents, to read and offer feedback on their work.

2016 EdTechTeam Impact Report


Other books were pursued to fill a particular need, such as inspiring learning spaces, assessment that matters, or classroom management in the digital age. The team aims to improve this and to provide leadership to promote greater diversity in the industry throughout 2017.

DigiExam and the Future of Assessment

EdNews Daily

Some point to the essential reductionism of the examination process , questioning the validity of the way that student learning is assessed. Others express concerns that traditional forms of assessment are measuring forms of intelligence and/or competencies that are no longer relevant.

Education Industry Mergers, Acquisitions Jumped Significantly in 2015

Marketplace K-12

The number and value of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry rose sharply over the most recent year, fueled by deals in professional training and by consolidation in some areas of K-12, a new analysis has found.

The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

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The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. These are industrial documents. What Should Assessments “Do”?

Golden State GDPR: What the Edtech Industry Should Know About CA’s New Privacy Rules


It also developed individual rights to “be forgotten,” and enhanced obligations for internal governance and disclosures to report certain personal data breaches to regulators and affected individuals. A similar chain of events happened in the education technology industry just a few years ago, when California’s passing of SOPIPA in 2014 setting off a flood of similar rules in other states. Companies impacted by CCPA should start to assess what they need to do to comply.

Competing Pressures Squeeze, Shake K-12 Assessment Landscape

Marketplace K-12

The testing world is being gripped by two overriding, and often competing forces: the continued reliance on big, high-stakes assessments for accountability purposes, and the rise of more sophisticated, nimble, and smaller-scale digital assessments, largely at the classroom level.

Inside the oil industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education

The Hechinger Report

This story was produced by the Center for Public Integrity in collaboration with StateImpact Oklahoma , a reporting project of NPR member stations in Oklahoma. Cheerleading for the industry has been central to the energy resources board’s mission from the start.

GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down.


So if games are fun, and learning should be fun, doesn’t it behoove the education and gaming industries to join forces? Now, one of this decade’s highest-funded efforts to support an educational gaming industry is coming to a close. million grant from the Gates Foundation and MacArthur Foundation, GlassLab aimed to prove that educational games could be just as fun as their mainstream titles, and serve as reliable formative assessment tools.

The Edtech Industry Has 'Created a Mess'—Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November


EdSurge caught up briefly with November and Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, at ISTE for this week's podcast. Blake Montgomery ( @blakersdozen ) is a reporter at EdSurge and an author of the graphic novel "A Place Among the Stars." His writing has appeared in EdSurge, the Huffington Post, the Bay Area Reporter, and Symbolia.

Spending on Ed-Tech Hardware Hits $15B Worldwide, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

classrooms to support digital assessments and personalized learning, to the growth of different mobile personal computing devices in other parts of the world. The post Spending on Ed-Tech Hardware Hits $15B Worldwide, Report Finds appeared first on Market Brief.

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


Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments.

What Is ‘Quality’? Task Force Seeks Comment on Higher-Ed Outcomes Reporting Standards


In an effort to close the gap between claims and facts, Entangled Solutions has issued a near-final draft of a new set of “quality assurance” standards for how programs report and communicate student outcomes. Horn points to the accounting industry as a model for how this nonprofit can economically support itself. One option is to charge accounting firms a membership fee to apply the standards in their audit reports of schools. What does a “quality” education mean?

2018 Halftime Ka’Ching Report: U.S. Edtech Raises $739M in Venture Funding


edtech industry, that’s no big deal: In the first six months of 2018, 62 companies raised $739 million in venture capital. To investors like Quazzo, that’s a sign that education is no longer a “stepchild” of the technology industry. Last year saw several private equity firms make splashy entrances in the education industry, including BV Investment Partner putting $150 million in Hero K12 to acquire other education companies, and The Rise Fund’s $190 million investment in EverFi.

Has the Game Really Changed? Reporter’s Notebook from the 2017 Games for Change Festival


Without looping in the demand side of the educational market, the learning games industry can be vulnerable to big funders, whose support can be fickle at best. GlassLab , a nonprofit backed by the MacArthur Foundation and Gates Foundation to build learning games, assessment dashboards and a distribution portal, used to feature prominently in the event but has since been in limbo. The mainstream gaming industry’s support for social impact and educational games have also been muted.

Learning As We Go: Looking Back on the EdSurge 2016 ‘State of Edtech’ Report


We called it “The State of EdTech: Forces and Trends Shaping K12 Edtech” report. And 2016 saw plenty of companies stumble, from literacy tools to assessment products. The entrepreneurs who kicked off startups this past year had more information to coolly assess their prospects of building a self-sustaining business, from the advice of industry veterans and long-time educators to even simple calculators that could position their intentions and prospects.

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.

The 3 Most Important Questions To Ask When Evaluating Social Emotional Learning Programs


Grounded in decades of research into positive youth development and funded by the Institute of Education Sciences , our framework is a comprehensive set of assessment tools that help schools evaluate students’ mental health, social and emotional well-being, as well as several important risk factors. This is the most important question to ask when choosing any type of assessment tool. A truly research-validated assessment takes significant time and money to develop.

Teacher Reader Responses, Vol. 1: On Literacy

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Wiggins also suggests that teachers should administer more ungraded self-reporting and comprehension assessments in order to provide the students with more useful and applicable feedback. Younger students also have limited metacognition and often incorrectly assess their understanding.

Illuminate Education’s Buying Spree Comes at a Price, Including Layoffs


based education company acquired an assessment platform called FastBridge Learning. The ultimate goal of these deals, according to Willig, is to become the industry leader for K-12 formative assessments, reporting and analytics, and data visualization. For one, its assessment solution is computer-adaptive, which means it is customized to each student and requires teachers spend less total time on testing.

How to Build a Modern School – 6 Key Elements to Embed in Your Groundwork

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Covering the 6 key elements in creating the right foundation for modern education with the arrival of the 4 th industrial revolution and the changing educational environment. Figuring out how to do modern assessments. Formative Assessment. Norm-Referenced Assessment.

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#AskExcelinEd: How do credentials meet the market in Florida, Indiana and Kentucky?


Many states are working toward this goal by improving the quality of career and technical education (CTE) programs and have looked to industry-recognized credentials as one component of this improvement. Read the Report.

The cult of the grade

Learning with 'e's

Image by Wecometolearn on Flickr Grading is a remnant of the Industrial Age. It's simple to manage because it fits neatly into the criterion referenced mode of assessment. Assessment drives pedagogy, so if assessment doesn't change, it's difficult to teach in new ways.

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

The Christensen Institute

With rapid urbanization and greater connectivity through digital networks, customers’ expectations in many industries are turning away from ownership to access because we are simply consuming differently. This blog was first published by the Sandbox ColLABorative.

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On the Horizon: Harnessing Emerging Technologies in Education #SXSWedu


Keynote Speaker: Larry Johnson , New Media Consortium NOTE: New Media Consortium folks have produced the Horizon Reports for the past 10 years. The NMC Horizon Report is not available weekly. Reflections of what has been learned by Horizon Reports over the past 10 years: Larry''s Big Takeaway after 10 years: Our strategic thinking is increasingly based on world that no longer exists. Other countries have much larger bandwidth because of the way we regulate our industry.

Don’t worry about disruption: The business model of college is collapsing under its own weight

The Christensen Institute

High school graduation season is still in full swing, but The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last week that a handful of elite schools have already announced enrollment shortfalls. NACUBO has reported record-setting tuition discounting. But, as The Chronicle reports, these students increasingly are opting for cheaper options, like public schools—and every year, as tuition prices inexorably rise, there are fewer of them.

Challenges and Possible Solutions for Edtech Procurement: Part 1

Digital Promise

Due to the edtech industry’s rapid expansion, little is known about the effectiveness of individual applications and programs. There’s no formal way to assess student and educator needs. Conducting a needs assessment.

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An investor’s take: seeing the patterns of potential in bootcamps

The Christensen Institute

For the most part, universities are not well-equipped to offer tightly industry-aligned non-degree programs targeted to adult learners. To date, Trilogy partner universities have not reported outcomes against any standard we are aware of.

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How to Become the Netflix of Textbooks—and Make a Digital-First Transformation


This new approach is fueled by trends that have impacted academic publishing over the past decade, including: The Rental Market: Companies like Wiley report textbook rental as the major cause for their recent 27% revenue decline in their Q3 (compared to 2016). Content, assessment, and multimedia must all be carefully composed and have a specific learning design purpose. Welcome to the cloud, publishing industry.

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Personalization and Super Learners: An Interview with Istation's Richard Collins


After decades of business accomplishments in industries ranging from banking to oil and gas to media to real estate, Collins shifted his focus to education in 1984 when he launched the. So in 1998, he and seven colleagues launched an animated e-learning platform designed to engage elementary and middle school students in math, reading and Spanish curriculum while supporting teachers with assessment tools. The Drudge Report. •.

Connect the Dots: How Michigan, Arizona and Portland Make Data Work Together


It’s an approach that’s been embraced by other industries as well, such as healthcare. AzEDS is designed to greatly simplify reporting on the back-end, while also improving data accuracy. Education Technology Big Data Research Assessment Driven Curriculum Data and ResearchHow can we—as committed leaders and stakeholders in education—support and equip educators with tools that will ultimately improve student learning?

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


Let’s take a look at the some of the innovation in E-learning industry in the last 10 years: The Usage of Smartphones. However, it has taken the e-learning industry by storm. According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. This is the level of vitality of smartphones which makes it necessary for the e-learning industry to introduce mLearning, i.e., mobile learning on a large scale.

How One Community Utilizes Data Sharing to Empower their Workers

Digital Promise

The region has a reported workforce of about 11,600 people and an unemployment rate of 5.3 The major industries in the region are accommodation, hospitality, and food services. Additionally, it was clear that services needed to align with industry needs.

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The PROs and CONs of competency-based education


They decide how much time they can put into studying, and when to be assessed. If they already know something due to prior studies or work experience, they don’t have to spend too much time on those topics; they can immediately get assessed and then move on to other learning modules.

Using Data and Collaboration to Improve the Healthcare Workforce

Digital Promise

Although employers from all industries face a number of obstacles when engaging in workforce development, they continue to demonstrate a commitment to train and upskill frontline workers. Human Resources Director Healthcare Industry. Human Resources Director Healthcare Industry.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs


A LinkedIn survey of 1,200 workers in human resources and learning development teams across more than 2,100 workplaces worldwide found that the top priorities for talent developers include identifying, assessing and closing skills gaps within their companies.

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State Testing Disruptions Likely Produced Dips and Gains in Student Scores, Study Says

Marketplace K-12

The disruptions in online assessments that roiled Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in the spring of 2015 appear to have had both negative and positive effects on individual students’ test scores, according to a new analysis. While some students’ scores appeared to have been hurt by “logout” interruptions, evidence suggests others may have actually benefited from temporarily getting booted out of the system, a conclusion the authors of the report base on statistical modeling.