Learning Analytics Can Be Deceiving

The Journal

"… Learning analytics … has the potential to transform American education …" A(nother) Holy Grail? In this week’s blog post we present a cautionary tale from a real classroom with real students and real learning analytics

5 Ways to Use Learning Analytics in K-12 Education

Kitaboo on EdTech

Whether it is eLearning or classroom learning, one cannot determine the effectiveness of the education provided, only on the basis of assessment scores. Teachers need to understand the learning capacity of their students while imparting knowledge, as opposed to overloading them with information. This is where data-based learning analytics can be leveraged. Plus, today we’ve got efficient learning analytics tools to collect and process the data with accuracy.

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Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English. What exactly is happening in these classrooms?

Measuring success of online education

Neo LMS

Online education comes with higher interactivity between students and teachers and learning materials, and also more feedback. Schools and educational institutions have a plethora of metrics for their online programs: number of online courses offered / taken, completion rates of courses, engagement rates with the digital learning materials, students’ scores on standardized tests and summative assessments, closing achievement gaps between groups, graduation rates, and so on.

Simply Way to Incorporate Game-Based Learning into the Classroom

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TeacherGaming pairs digital games with high-quality lesson plans and learning analytics

Hello 21st Century. Let’s Talk about Transforming Parent-Teacher Communications with Technology and Data.

EmergingEdTech

Considering how quickly technology has developed in recent years, many of today’s teachers were likely also in the classroom when the overhead projector and cable were cutting edge. Administrative Solutions Future of Education Technology Learning Analytics Making the case for Education TechnologiesEven just a few. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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What is the role of the teacher in the online classroom? Connectivism might provide an answer

Neo LMS

Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online. To truly create a dynamic, interactive, social and collaboration-rich online learning environment requires a redefinition of what it is to teach.

Assigning Homework In the Digital Age: The Benefits of Virtual Classrooms

EdTech4Beginners

Over the past few decades, schools have relied on computer technology for delivering educational content or equipping students with resources to enhance their learning. With the advent of the Internet, some schools have started offering classes fully online for maximum flexibility, while other brick-and-mortar institutions are incorporating digital tools into their classroom and at-home assignments. Virtual Classrooms Help Teachers Create Homework Assignments.

Our digital future 9: Omni-choice learning

Learning with 'e's

At present, the golden touchstone is in personalised learning, where anytime, anyplace education is possible through mobile technologies. Evans writes: "Firstly, online education will have evolved beyond omni-channel (anytime, anywhere) to omni-choice whereby students will be able to select and configure every pathway in their learning journey to personalize and customize their near-term and long-term learning plan and approach to their unique situation, needs and interests. "As

All-in-one e-learning solution

eSchool News

Eko is offering its solution for FREE to support learning during the COVID-19 outbreak. Polls and quizzes to test knowledge and enable peer-to-peer learning. Analytics to track learning progress and generate a digital report card.

How Good is our Return on Learning for Classroom Apps?

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Join us for What Ed Tech Apps Work Best for Learning? Monday, November 5, 2018 12:00pm Pacific time, 3:00pm Eastern With learning today so dependent on technology, districts need to know if they are investing in the programs that can make the greatest difference for their students.

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To Bring Analytics to College Classrooms, New Effort Starts With ‘Data Laundry’

Edsurge

A consortium of 25 universities unveiled a new platform last month that will pull in information from systems across campus to bring richer analytics to college classrooms. That way, colleges can one day have a dashboard that includes information from learning-management systems (LMS), student records, online-textbook platforms run by publishers and from the many tools that professors use, such as clickers. “If Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

EdTech4Beginners

From using YouTube to learning platforms , technology is increasingly enmeshed with the modern classroom. As education institutions fully embrace integrating technology in their pedagogy, here are 5 EdTech trends educators need to watch this year: Integrated Learning Solutions. Integrated learning solutions provide multi-platform opportunities for children to learn. Learning Analytics. Technology is fast reshaping the education landscape.

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Not Just Numbers: How Educators Are Using Data in the Classroom

Edsurge

And what types of data can best offer insights into whether students are learning in your classroom? That includes Maine educator Julie Willcott, who concedes that some of the most informative data she has used came not from summative tests or graded assignments, but rather from assessments she used to identify students’ learning preferences at the beginning of a semester. “In In my mind, this keeps the learning in the driver’s seat,” she says.

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Otus - LMS, Data Management and Assessment Management, all in one easy-to-use product

Educational Technology Guy

It is integrated classroom tools for students and teachers and powerful transparency for families and school leaders. It combines the best features of a learning management system, assessment management and data management into one. Has a great gradebook supporting traditional points-based classrooms and standards based grading. assessment data learning management system lmsOtus is an interesting product, created by educators.

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Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning. I’ll be the closing keynote and discuss “7 Ways to Redefine Reading Instruction with Technology in a Blended Learning Environment.” Blended Learning. Equity in the Math Classroom.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months. Video-assisted Learning. Gone are the days when teachers had to drag TVs into classrooms to let students watch films. Now, nearly every classroom is at least equipped with a screen and projector. Data Analytics. With more educational institutions adopting virtual learning management systems (such as Moodle, Edmodo, etc.),

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Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch

eSchool News

The end of the report is stuffed with tantalizing promise about how future learners will engage with robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and wearable tech (think data-collecting headbands, and skill-tracking sensors) that could explode into classrooms in as little as four to five years. By contrast, the report’s short-term developments, online learning and makerspaces, have a distinct yesterday’s news vibe about them.

Thursday Webinar - Practical Learning Research for the Math Classroom

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join us on Thursday, December 3, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm US-EST, for a look at the latest research in learning science and why it matters to math teachers. How can we take the research about teaching and learning and translate it into practice? Why should these and other learning behaviors be familiar to math teachers? She has assembled a highly talented development team to create technology that expands the field of learning science research.

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Zap Zap Math–Gamify any Math Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students direct their learning with a unique space-themed avatar (called a ‘mathling’) that identifies their work and keeps them engaged. Teachers (or homeschooling parents) can track the progress of up to thirty students organized into a class where they are able to gauge learning outcomes via a web-based Learning Analytics Dashboard. 10 Ways to use it in your classroom. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Study: Students work harder when they think they are being watched

The Hechinger Report

To that end, software programmers have designed all sorts of data dashboards for classroom teachers. These are computer screens, akin to a dashboard in a pilot’s cockpit, that visually depict students’ progress as they learn online and flag areas of concern that a teacher can address.

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How Effective for Learning are the Apps we Use?

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As the costs for devices and applications decrease, technology use is increasing In classrooms across the country. As tablets, Chromebooks, and other handheld devices are employed in classrooms, instruction relies more and more on apps instead of on traditional computer-based programs.

Education Technology Trends for 2017: An Interview With Martin McKay.

EdTech4Beginners

Martin also serves in working groups to advise the US Department of Education on the accessibility of education materials, and Universal Design for Learning. I think 2017 is going to be an exciting year, there’s going to be a lot more cloud based technology than there was before and when classes and content are delivered in the cloud and via browsers, it means kids can access the same experience and content at home as they can in the classroom. What about Machine Learning?

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Interesting: Rural schools are outpacing others on in-school tech access

eSchool News

Although schools in rural areas traditionally hit roadblocks when it comes to securing technology tools and high-speed internet access in classrooms and student homes, a new study suggests students in those schools actually outperform their urban and suburban peers in access at school. Digital Learning and Tools IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them

Edsurge

When students interact with digital learning environments, they leave behind trails of data. The desire to understand and improve learning has led many educators to consider the value and utility of this information. Embedded learning analytics are not like rotisserie ovens: you can’t set them and forget them. An interest in respecting student agency is an important component of the academic field of learning analytics.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. Almost half of all Ontario secondary school teachers report using YouTube or video elements in their classrooms.

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Is edtech a win-win solution for students and educators?

Neo LMS

All things considered, there’s a consensus that today’s students should not only learn, but also use technology to support their learning. Worldwide there’s a growing number of initiatives to include education technologies — or edtech — in the classroom. Even though effectively integrating education technology in the classroom comes with various challenges for everyone involved, it’s all worth it nonetheless. Engaging learning materials are one factor.

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There’s a reason why teachers don’t use the software provided by their districts

The Christensen Institute

The source of the headline is a recent report by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Learning Analytics. The findings unveil a clear disconnect between district software procurement and classroom practice. To be clear, not all software is high quality, which means teachers may have good reason to not adopt some software products that fail to deliver positive student learning outcomes.

Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

Edsurge

The act of talking with others—having social debates and conversations—is key to human learning, and this “social learning” has now become an important tenet of teaching and learning. Yet we tend to overlook how ingrained social learning is in our institutions, especially in higher education—how purposefully college campuses are designed to maximize the accidental run-ins and organic engagements. Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education

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Indiana Approves Renaissance Star Early Literacy for Universal Screening for Dyslexia

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(Wisconsin Rapids, WI) October TK, 2018 — Renaissance , a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, today announced that the state of Indiana approved Renaissance Star Early Literacy® for universal screening for dyslexia in support of the state’s recent passage of Senate Bill 217.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

Edsurge

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. The goal of the software giveaway is to jump-start “learning engineering,” the practice of applying findings from learning science to college classrooms.

S3: A Holistic Framework for Evaluating the Impact of Educational Innovations (Including OER)

Iterating Toward Openness

If work that is highly impactful in a single setting cannot be scaled to multiple classrooms, it does little to advance the cause of improving success for each and every student. For example, supplementing a classroom instructor with an instructional designer, a researcher, and a pair of graduate students may allow incredible things to happen in that classroom, dramatically increasing the success of the students in the class.

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Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For?

Edsurge

School leaders expect students and teachers to be using their licensed apps all the time, says Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. That’s an especially big problem for the education apps that are designed for “relatively intensive usage,” he adds, because only at that level can the apps be expected to lead to their promised learning outcomes. Education Technology Learning Research Research

Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

Edsurge

Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. Not everyone thinks that’s possible, of course, and even Cavanagh, vice provost for digital learning at the University of Central Florida, admits that edtech can spark plenty of new ethical challenges along the way. But I am sort of all-in on analytics as a concept.

3 Apps to Keep Parents in The Loop

Ask a Tech Teacher

It didn’t mean parents as tutors, homework helpers, or classroom volunteers–although it could be those. If you’re looking for a way to involve parents more granularly in your classroom, try these three ideas: Edmodo for Parents. If your school uses Edmodo as a Learning Management System, roll out Edmodo for Parents so parents can keep updated on how their children are doing anytime, not just during report cards and parent conferences.

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