5 Questions to Evaluate Open Educational Resources

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The post 5 Questions to Evaluate Open Educational Resources appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom Blended Learning Common Core digital learning evaluate open educational resources OER Online learning customization Teacher ResourcesOpen educational resources (OERs) can be a valuable asset for educators, but there are some things to consider before jumping on the bandwagon.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

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Utah and Florida sign bills to support competency-based learning pilots, but now the real work begins

The Christensen Institute

Treat competency-based learning as a whole-system—rather than one-off—reform. Invest in digital learning to scale competency-based instruction. Although the bills themselves do not focus on the role of technology, states need to keep in mind where digital learning can make competency-based education programs sustainable and scalable. Blended learning stands to support competency-based education in at least four overarching ways.

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

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Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. Ramping Up Online Programs. For instance, Pearson recently landed an potentially huge contract last year (upheld after a legal challenge) to deliver common-core tests to PARCC states.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning.

When Teachers Build Edtech, Awesomeness Ensues—and Here’s Why

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But for good learning to happen, customization is a non-negotiable. Data that is not actionable plus online content that is not customized is a recipe for disappointment.". Data that is not actionable plus online content that is not customized is a recipe for disappointment,” laments Jennie Dougherty, KIPP Bay Area’s Associate Director of Innovation. Eureka Math curriculum while adopting the Common Core standards.

3 Ways to Embrace Change This Year

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers embracing technology to support the Common Core and new ways of teaching may want to get organized and prepared for some positive changes. Adopt an Online Learning Platform Make the most of a blended learning environment by extending the walls of your classroom tp help students come to class excited and prepared to learn. There are plenty of teacher friendly learning platforms available.

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Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

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” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom. I passionately believe the most effective learning communities are those that allow teachers to spend more time working individually or in small groups with their students to customize and personalize instruction. At least one of the stations must be an online learning station for this to be considered a blended learning model.

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

The Hechinger Report

This is a list of kids I need to check in with, maybe because they’re learning the English language, or because I’ve observed something where they need a little more help,” Kaswell said. It is also an integrated co-teaching classroom (meaning some of the students have special needs) and an English language learner class, with some students still learning English. But now he’s implementing a particularly intense approach to it, known as personalized learning.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations. Learning

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.” The middle school has started using an online system to guide self-paced learning, and Ms.

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

Walker, Teacher, writer at EduGeeksClub shares her impressions about the book: “The content of the book is essentially adapted for those who just start learning Google Classroom and for those who need to teach it to others.”. Who Owns the Learning?: The author of this book discusses his own Digital Learning Farm model, which effectively enables students to change the way they learn, by creating new learning tools and finding meaningfulness in their work.

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently. The traditional classroom model does not lend itself well to students learning independently. Other learning models are arising, however, that open broad possibilities for teachers to empower students to drive their own learning while teachers shift to helping students in other ways.

How Traditional Public Schools Win in the Competition for Students

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Traditional public schools must ensure continued success in order to compete for students against charter schools, online learning, and other forms of education. Students must be offered more choice in their learning or else they will move to another platform of schooling, like online education, where they can get that choice. Students learn best when they are interested. Last, learning environment is key.

The Importance of Student Buy In for the Use of New Technology and Teaching Methods

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I wanted them to realize learning how to deal with difficult people, difficult problems, time consuming issues, was part of life. This year, we have a unique opportunity to recreate the learning experience for our students. Having been given a rather large grant (BOLD, Blended Online Learning Day Schools), we had ambitious goals, we still do. They hate learning from each other and think the only reason we are implementing this is to show off cool technology.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

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Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Blended Learning.

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. But, in general, students work at their own pace through worksheets, online lessons and small-group discussions with teachers. 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. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

Can public schools win in an age of school choice? Yes—and here’s how

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Public schools must ensure continued success in order to compete for students against charter schools, online learning, and other forms of education. Students must also be offered more choice in their learning , or else they will move to another platform of schooling, like online education, where they can get that choice. Students learn best when they are interested. Last, learning environment is key.

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April 20th - May 4th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Learning Revolution Blog | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at LearningRevolution.com. In todays show, we will share and demonstrate tips and tricks to creating the perfect project based, blended learning lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Join this interactive session to learn how to get started with game-based learning with your own students.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ ESSA Would Handcuff a Trump Education Secretary on Common Core And More,” says Education Week , even though ditching Common Core was one of Trump’s campaign promises. More on the future of Common Core from NPR. “Websites that offer students online study guides and tutoring services grow, but faculty members find they raise copyright and academic integrity issues – as case at U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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To be honest, think Thiel and his ed-tech politics have more in common with the rest of Silicon Valley than those that feign outrage at his support of Trump. You can fill out a form online to offer some names. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act ,” per the press release. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). million from Learn Capital.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Testing, Testing… Via Education Week : “After seven years of tumult and transition fueled by the common core, state testing is settling down, with most states rejecting the federally funded PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, and nearly one-quarter embracing the SAT or the ACT as their official high school test.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?”

OER will evolve to address the problems we hire it to solve

The Christensen Institute

Today, open educational resources (OER) are an increasingly common feature in the K–12 education ecosystem. Similarly, as school systems have struggled with implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many have adopted Engage New York , an openly-accessible, CCSS-aligned curriculum developed by the state of New York. Department of Education (DOE) has a project, called the Learning Registry , which helps make OER content easier for teachers to find.

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