Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ‘the Last Thing We Want to Be’

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You know, 500 years ago, that is the way that people learned. So I’ve been preaching that wholesale mastery learning isn’t realistic because you have to really think about your grade system. And then it goes into the kind of mastery learning framework of Khan Academy.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. They learn how to participate differently in class and work on project-based assignments.

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Chinese Edtech Sees $1.86B in Q1 2019, Bucking Plummeting Venture Trend

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Within the Chinese education sector, three sectors saw a concentration of investments: competency-based education; language learning; education “informazation.”. In the language-learning market, Dada raised $255 million in its Series D round.

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Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching. I’ve competed in district last fall. laughs) Definitely not.

Impact Investing, Not Whitewashing: How Lumina’s Venture Arm Works

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Many investors, foundations and even private equity firms have started so-called impact investment funds with a mission to support companies involved in teaching and learning. In 2016, Lumina launched a venture capital arm to make direct investments in education companies.

The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. I didn’t know anything about learning disabilities. I didn’t know that there were children that couldn’t learn normally.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

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We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea. How do you know learning is happening? Education Technology School Models Learning Strategie

Why Flipped Learning Is Still Going Strong 10 Years Later

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It became know as the flipped classroom—a modern, video-based version of a model pioneered by a handful of higher ed professors during the 1990s. Perhaps also because as flipped learning has evolved, it has adopted much more of an open-ended definition. The promise of more time for active learning is key to the flipped appeal, its fans say. Namely, his videos were approaching critical mass just around the same time as flipped learning was coming into its own. “I

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. How often do we sit in professional learning that is Unexciting? Idea #3: Include active learning in teacher professional development.

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