U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test

The Hechinger Report

In this 2015 photo, fifth graders collaborated on a Rube Goldberg machine in a Pennsylvania elementary school. Columnists Digital Education Jill Barshay K-12 Lessons From Abroad News collaboration Data and research Math & Science online learning Social emotional

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

How Parents and Teachers Can Teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy

The CoolCatTeacher

This is one of those really important life experiences where a lot of learning can happen, especially in the area of empathy at a young age. and internationally on family and community engagement, and brain-based online learning for students and adults.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

What it is: I’ve written about StackUp before here but, over the last three years, the company has grown up enough that it warrants another post! His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry.

5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

The CoolCatTeacher

From blackout poetry to rhymefinding extensions, learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes. Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. You could definitely use this with your lower elementary students.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

The change already delivers extraordinary results and 96% of teachers claim that EdTech increases student engagement in learning. 3D learning. However, the whole system changes with the introduction of 3D learning. Game-based learning. Online learning.

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#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

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. It seems that technical training is less relevant here than e-learning course design.

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Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

Last month, Digital Promise launched a crowdsourcing effort on how companies use scientific research to design and develop their educational technology products. Below you can see the responses that best highlight what we’ve learned from ed-tech developers so far.

It’s Time To Support The Mental Health & Well Being of Teachers

EdNews Daily

I had the chance to chat with Dr. Jared Scherz, the founder of TeacherCoach , and a former elementary school guidance counselor who became a clinical psychologist in New Jersey. If a child comes to school stressed, their learning is impacted.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom. As you see, the blending learning has a bunch of benefits, but only when it is applied wisely.

K-12 Dealmaking: Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning; Securly Raises $4M

Marketplace K-12

In the latest dealmaking news, language and literacy software solutions company Imagine Learning acquired Think Through Learning, an online supplemental math program. Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning: Imagine Learning , a provider of elementary language and literacy software solutions, has acquired Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning , a developer of an online supplemental math program, for an undisclosed sum.

Sometimes expert teachers just aren’t an option

The Christensen Institute

Educational Initiatives, a privately-owned company in India that develops and administers large-scale assessments in private and public schools in India, faced this question when it decided to pursue a social initiative aimed at serving some of India’s most disadvantaged children. In 2011, the company set up five learning centers in densely populated communities in South Delhi to provide elementary school-aged Indian children with instruction in math and Hindi.

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

techlearning

Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. The Fuel Education ® Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Students selling notes online a legal gray area, schools say | ArkansasOnline → University of Arkansas faculty members are debating how to best deal with the selling of lecture notes by students, spurred on by the practices of online study resource companies known for aggressive recruiting tactics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Hill : “ Karl Rove and David Axelrod partner for online class on winning elections” – an online class on the Masterclass platform, that is. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet. Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package, paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years, said two people with knowledge of the terms.”

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The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

The setting seems highly unlikely for an innovation like blended learning to take root. So why is there so much optimism about blended learning as a solution? I think blended learning has the potential to have a huge impact on education in India.”.

How one tiny town is battling ‘rural brain drain’

The Hechinger Report

The school is located on Carlisle Avenue, named after William Carlisle, the co-founder of the long-shuttered timber company that established this town. There are still a handful of timber companies in Onalaska, but the timber industry in Washington has been declining since World War II.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning | Philly.com → Garnet Valley is a district in the vanguard of a nationwide movement to ditch traditional textbooks for open-source educational resources on the web.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses ?” Speaking of Hollywood Glitz, Variety reports that “ Kevin Spacey ’s Online Acting Course Pulled by MasterClass.” ” “Whatever happened to the promise of online learning ?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. “Free College” Via Edsurge : “For Free Community College , Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Learning theorist Roger Schank says “OECD should be ashamed; PISA scores announced; doing more damage.” ” Education professor Yong Zhao has several blog posts on the results of PISA and TIMSS and what we can (and can’t) learn from them. million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” Pay attention to student loan companies !

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Educators wanted students to engage more and apply their learning in meaningful ways.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99 Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. Elementary schools may also be exploring various types of blended learning.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. ” The company has raised $16.5

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

MindShift

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Middlebury Interactive Languages is trying to flip that model on its head with an online program that expects a lot from beginners.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The New York Times : “DeVos Abandons Plan to Allow One Company to Service Federal Student Loans.” Buzzfeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy looks at the acquisition of EDMC – the parent company of the Art Institutes chain – by The Dream Center Foundation , a network of Christian missionary centers. Pretty sure this is the best MOOC story of the week: “ Russian Underground Launches Online Courses in Card Fraud ,” Infosecurity Group reports.

Top 50 Sites/Apps of 2015

Technology Tidbits

The reason for this as not as many new learning tools came out this year compared to years past, while more current tools focused on regular updates. However, that does not mean there are not a lot of new items to look through, as sites/apps for programming/coding, Math/STEM, and Game Based Learning played a predominant role in this year's list. Code Kingdoms - One of my favorite sites for learning how to program (Javascript) by drag-n-dropping blocks of code (i.e

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

MindShift

Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. The data just keeps coming in about the importance of focus, self-control and working memory for learning and life,” Wexler said in an edWeb webinar. These tests helped Wexler’s team learn about the relative areas of cognitive weaknesses in students before using the Activate program.

The Long Life of a Data Trail

Graphite Blog

Within educational technology, tech companies can acquire data via multiple routes. Online IEP programs also fit this description. Examples of services like this include many EdTech products out there, including Edmodo, Remind, ClassDojo, Schoology, most digital text offerings from traditional publishers like Pearson and McGraw Hill, learning programs like Agilix Buzz, and app ecosystems like Amplify tablets, iPads, and Chromebooks.

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Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? Personalized learning is the No. So what is personalized learning, exactly? “Because learning is a collaborative process.