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.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

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Preparing Students For A Modern Economy

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Doing some reading (and listening) on competency-based education recently, I was both intrigued and concerned. It was during a panel discussion on Competency Based Learning, where he explained the research for the prioritized competencies began with “federal skills databases.” ” Learn the skills that companies want you to have. The Characteristics Of Competency-Based Education.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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SEL and MESH competencies. Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. Even American political parties, at-odds about everything, agree SEL competencies play a vital role in the economic success of today’s students. Soft skills.

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OPINION: Why we need a new pedagogy for our post-Covid future

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The author’s daughter has spent much of the pandemic learning how to problem solve with her sewing machine. Early in the lockdown, my 10-year-old daughter learned how to use a sewing machine by watching YouTube videos.

How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

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They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. In other words, learning can flourish when teachers and parents agree to work together as a team. Schools have been using edtech for many years now as a way of improving the learning process. Giving them the how, when and why will make parents actually excited to learn more about edtech and how they themselves can use it to help their children succeed. Being a parent* is hard work.

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The canary in the law school coal mine

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News & World Report’s annual rankings. Companies like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have created a do-it-yourself model for legal services, and others like Ravel and ROSS that improve lawyers’ research and productivity, have changed the profession and business models. On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

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WHAT: Piedmont Middle School is seeking to pilot digital learning programs that support competency-based learning in science and social studies. The district is working with Digital Promise to conduct an effective learning technology pilot this spring, from product selection to purchase decision. There is strong leadership from the superintendent and middle school principal, focused on using technology to power personalized learning. Web-based preferred.

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

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billion (RMB 241 billion) in contrast to a year earlier, according to a recent report by the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology. Within the Chinese education sector, three sectors saw a concentration of investments: competency-based education; language learning; education “informazation.”. Source: JMDedu Investors put their money into 29 competency-based education companies—or almost a quarter of all the edtech investments—during the first quarter.

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Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

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Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students Retest

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Educators shifting to competency-based models often tout to the power of allowing students to master a topic by taking a test again and again until they do well, rather than failing them if they bomb the first time. Emily Lai, Director of Formative Assessment and Feedback at Pearson But new, externally audited, efficacy research from Pearson about one of the company’s third-party apps shows a significant correlation between increased retesting and lower overall course performance.

How 2Revolutions is Helping Schools, Districts, and States Support Future of Learning Models

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There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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. Although proponents of personalized learning often talk about affording students more choice regarding how they learn, few schools have managed to figure out a coherent architecture to get there. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine

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News & World Report’s annual rankings. Companies like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have created a do-it-yourself model for legal services, and others like Ravel and ROSS that improve lawyers’ research and productivity, have changed the profession and business models. On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

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As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction. Every student is unique and learns differently. Gooru’s enhanced, free K-12 content will support a variety of innovative educational models and facilitate the growth of competency-based learning.”. Material from a press release was used in this report.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

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The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. 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. To date, there are eight “learning lab” schools, whose practices are being tested, honed and highlighted for transitioning schools to see.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Perhaps the disappearance (and reported murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t seem like an education technology story. “Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” And there’s a blog post on Medium , because I guess someone thinks it’s a good idea for the Office of Ed Tech to outsource its website to a for-profit company.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” I mean… In other Arne news, Chalkbeat also reports that “‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved.” ” Politico reports that the Department of Education has reached a deal with the US Marshals Service to continue providing protection for Betsy DeVos. or higher grade point average,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics.

Will “school choice on steroids” get a boost under a Trump administration?

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Under such plans, the funding for a course taken by an individual student goes to the school or online company offering the course, often away from the student’s local district. The growth of “Course Choice” initiatives in various states was chronicled in depth by The Hechinger Report last year, in this story from our archives. — For the next generation of students, the international stakes are too high to restrict access to great courses based on ZIP code.”.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The Horizon Report. The organization, which was founded in 1994, was best known for its annual Horizon Report, its list of predictions about the near-future of education technology. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. EDUCAUSE purchased many of NMC’s assets, and it says it will continue to publish the higher ed version of the Horizon Report. Without revenue the company will go away.

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

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In January 2015, Duggan enrolled in New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS), joining about 200 full-time middle and high school students and about 10,000 part-timers from brick-and-mortar schools statewide who take VLACS courses a la carte. Virtual schools promise flexibility and a universe of learning just keystrokes away. Also, VLACS’s funding is based on student performance rather than enrollment. Competencies. Competency Pays.