Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

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This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.” This worked nicely for my students, who felt like I was carefully attending to their learning pace and providing them with targeted learning materials.

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The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma

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Maine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Now all eyes are on our corner of the country as we transition from a traditional seat-time high school diploma to a proficiency-based diploma. I believe the new proficiency-based diploma requirements are yet another beacon of educational leadership and innovation, one that will alter our education system in meaningful and lasting ways.

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Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye-to-Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels?

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McComb School District down in McComb, Mississippi doesn’t just believe in the power of technology when it comes to personalized learning. In fact, for superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis and Summit Elementary School principal Lakya Taylor-Washington, the bigger asset in going personalized comes down to removing arbitrary grade level assignments and creating “learning labs,” a style of competency-based learning that Summit has been experimenting with since 2015.

Top Summer PD Opportunities

Wisewire

There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it. As technology continues to evolve and the way we communicate changes as a result, lifelong learning has never been more important. Here are some of our top picks: Best for the STEM-focused.

Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Across the country, schools are adopting new approaches to teaching and learning in order to prepare students for life in a technology-rich world. For example, South Fayette Township School District implemented computational thinking projects at every grade level, and Piedmont City School District uses competency-based learning so students can work at their own pace. Challenge 1: Creating opportunities for authentic learning.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture. Parallel statistics on teacher job satisfaction, down nearly 25%, daily stress, up around 50%, and the majority of learning coming from colleagues on the job (Harvard Report), tells us the 68 hours/year and 18k/teacher for PD is lacking.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The greatest trick the ed-tech devil ever played was convincing people that clicking was “active learning.”)