How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. The Common Core has also required more coherence in our curriculum. It also allows us to take a blended learning approach to our Common Core math instruction.

Common Core: Sound Education Practice or Bad Gamble?

The 21st Century Principal

Now that 45 states (and 3 territories) have adopted the Common Core Standards, edu-preneurs and opportunists have gone into overdrive, churning out tons of materials, programs, and trainings to help schools and school districts implement these standards. Not a day goes by that I don''t receive 15 or so emails from companies and individuals offering their wares and promising successful and complete implementation of the Common Core Standards.

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

Today, there was this post on the Public School Forum of North Carolina website defending the Common Core. That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations.

5 questions I ask before buying into any “Common-Core aligned” product

The Cornerstone Blog

I can’t think of an education company out there that doesn’t purport to have CCSS-aligned products. And yet just last month, EdWeek reported that 17 out of 20 math series that claimed to be aligned to Common Core still fail to live up to their claims.

XplorLabs Fire Forensics: A Free STEM Module for Middle School Science

The CoolCatTeacher

This unit teaches about fire while meeting Next Generation Science Standards. As it has been noted, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), the creator of Xplorlabs, is a global safety science company. Common Core State Standards (See more on the Fire Forensics Site ).

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4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve found a tool that can help with inquiry-based learning, nonfiction reading, and meeting standards: Kids Discover Online. Those of you wanting to quickly meet a standard will be thankful for this approach.

Happy Connected Educator Month

Kleinspiration

Within hours, we had a time coordinated that all ten of us could meet. Two days later, we all joined each other''s company in a Google Hangout to continue the conversation. Yesterday I traveled an hour down the road to meet a group of teachers and bloggers for the Michigan Meet Up.

School by Design Spins Off From Amplify to Form Independent Company

Marketplace K-12

The educational technology company Amplify is spinning off a service known as School by Design into a new, separate business that will provide schools with data and technical assistance focused on financial and instructional strategy. School by Design will become its own commercial company and will be led by an Amazon Education executive, Andrew Joseph, who is leaving that post to work with the newly independent business.

How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

Edsurge

The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. Today, there are six million current active users on i-Ready, the company’s flagship digital product. based company, to learn more about that reinvention, and the lessons he’s learned in the process. How did you transition from a traditional company focused on providing workbooks to an edtech company? The company] has continued to grow.

From AOL Squatter to Start-Up Sensation: The Eric Simons Story & Claco Launch

Kleinspiration

This time, he mentioned that he started his company when he was 19 years old. I found out he had just graduated high school, moved to California, and received funding from Imagine K12 to continue working on a company he started, ClassConnect.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Rather than fighting, they work as a team to figure out if the platform can adapt to meet the needs of a range of educators.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

Edsurge

I’m in the trenches, meeting with schools and superintendents, and I see what they struggle with. I’m in the trenches, meeting with schools and superintendents, and I see what they struggle with. Big vendors are big companies. Education Technology Big Data Research EdTech Lexicon Assessment Driven Curriculum Common Core State Standards Data and ResearchAs a young student in Germany, Philip Heimes recalls feeling “invisible” to his teachers.

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How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

Edsurge

This was a common refrain in advisory class. Although advisory was required for my students to accumulate elective credits and meet graduation requirements, I wasn’t provided thoughtful or engaging curriculum. Kiddom is just a one education technology company. Teachers need more education technology companies thoughtfully creating and providing SEL content and services. “Mister, why do we have to do this? I’d honestly rather work on math right now. Or anything else.”

Classroom Gaming Should Be Engaging, Tied to Curriculum—and Not Require Teachers to Code

Edsurge

Our 90 Earth and Space, Physical, and Life Science learning objectives cover core learning concepts to ensure a comprehensive curriculum. Before launching Legends of Learning, company founder Dr. Vadim Polikov worked with Vanderbilt University’s. Physical Sciences: Newton’s Third Law Players meet the historic scientist Isaac Newton and help him get to a party. . It’s one thing when master teachers successfully implement learning games in a carefully controlled research study.

May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

UPDATE AS OF 1/15/14: The company Gobstopper has changed its name to Curriculet, but this update hasn''t changed how I use Curriculet with my students. The stories and information in the below post still hold true despite the change in company name.

Pearson, AFT Square Off Over Company’s Profits, Focus

Marketplace K-12

The American Federation of Teachers is pressuring Pearson PLC, the global education company, to conduct a business strategy review with an eye to becoming more profitable. “Our strategy is clear,” the company said in the March 17 statement. posing a threat to the company.

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials

techlearning

Almost 20 expert science publishers, including leading school science supplier Carolina Biological Supply Company working together with expert curriculum developers from the Smithsonian Science Education Center, welcomed the challenge. We were careful to meet every facet of CA NGSS.”

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

Edsurge

It’s not fair to expect that technology will improve the core business of education.” Alan November One problem is that companies are still making money off of selling those “$1000 pencils” as ways to improve productivity. So, can companies and educators co-exist peacefully in the world of edtech, while also working to redefine education? Before the onslaught of online Common Core-aligned testing like PARCC and SmarterBalanced, there were already some schools going 1:1.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

” 2010 was also the year that the Common Core Standards Initiative was enacted in response to numerous indicators of low student academic performance. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010. ” 1:1 + Common Core = $$$$$.

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ASSIST Integrates Scantron Assessments

techlearning

ASSIST Education partnered with Scantron to add the assessments into ASSIST , the company’s Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. Results correspond to Common Core State Standards and specific state standards.

Resource Review: Mentoring Minds

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mentoring Minds is an education publishing company and resource site created by former teachers. Mentoring Minds also offers apps (for a fee) to help teachers align their curriculum with Common Core Standards, such as this one for math and this one for ELA.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

aligned with Blooms Taxonomy, Common Core, ISTE, or other state/national/international standards. Here’s one I think meets all these basic requirements as well as makes students want to practice their math: Prodigy Math Game.

Here’s Why Teachers Adopt New Tech — and Why They Don’t

Edsurge

When assessing return, teachers look for the following: Will It Help Meet Learning Objectives? A teacher’s primary goal is to get students to meet standards-based learning objectives. If the technology supports this, it meets the primary requirement.

Mentoring Minds Launches Standards Mastery Series

techlearning

The series supports educator collaboration, including teacher training and team meetings, helping teachers to vertically scaffold instruction and connect learning across content areas.

Understanding Ed-Tech Product Pricing, for Educators and Entrepreneurs

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Some ed-techs companies list their prices, others don’t. Flocabulary , a site that uses songs and hip-hop to meet Common Core standards, lists its pricing very clearly and gives users an easy way to purchase online.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

I try to focus in on the standards of the writing curriculum I’m using — augmented with Common Core or whatever other standards I’m using — and focus on those, rather than sitting there with a paper and pencil and doing it that way.

What Some School Tech Leaders Think of Your Edtech Pitch

Edsurge

The nice thing about having those type of meetings is that the answer is, yes, people have been in that situation. Teachers would meet edtech companies at a conference, which would then give free accounts and say, 'You’ve got to try my product.

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I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction

Kleinspiration

Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding. I couldn''t believe the amazing company I was with. The three of us quickly discovered how much we all enjoyed the same type of literature (these crazy coincidences kept happening throughout the night - it was destiny for us to meet!).

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

edWeb.net

Steve also addressed any confusion regarding the Common Core State Standards. Since the Common Core is not a federal initiative, it is unaffected by ESSA. The EdFocus community hosts webinars that are live meet-ups, keeping you up-to-date on the latest trends.

Bring Experts to Your Class Easily with Nepris

Ask a Tech Teacher

Set up a virtual meeting by answering a series of questions designed to find the right expert for your needs. These include Common Core, TEKS, Next General Science Standards, or California/National CTE Standards (optional but gives the experts better insight into your curriculum objectives).

The Maker Movement In Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

It doesn’t take a whole lot of planning to set one up either – heck, a lot of the best makerspaces are informal and unofficial small-group meetings after school or during lunch when students can simply be found tinkering with technology or testing out new tools with their teachers.

Teacher Lesson Planner + Personal Organizer + Data and Assessment Binder = Teacher Anchor (All in One Awesomeness!)

Kleinspiration

When I knew she was coming out with her newest item, Teacher Anchor , I decided to hold off on purchasing my new planner from another company. I thought it would be fabulous to talk about student growth during team planning meetings if we all had similar assessment templates and tools.

Welcome Jason Culbertson and Angela Ritchie to the Insight Team

Insight Education Group

Working specifically with underperforming schools across the state, he provided on-site training, thought-partnership, and innovative solutions to meet schools’ needs. We are thrilled to announce two key additions to Insight's leadership team.

Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

Marketplace K-12

Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 The company offered a competitive price comparable to what Measurement, Inc. Then, the company was unable to produce enough paper copies quickly enough to meet the state’s demands. Common Core Testing Market Dominated by Familiar Players. Pearson CEO Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources.