How Technology Improves Teacher-Student Relationships

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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.

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

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Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. 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. Learn more about Kiddom Academy.

How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

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. 4 Great ideas for boosting parent engagement through edtech. Edtech tools need to be intuitive and easy to use.

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How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

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Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. Lucie Public Schools has worked tirelessly to add augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to his CTE classes over the past 12 months. EdSurge chatted with Carbenia, who shared tips on selecting, implementing and funding the technology—along with a deeply relevant lesson he learned from his family.

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.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

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As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. I credit technology—and superheroes. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. And from what we’ve gathered, teachers are constantly looking to empower students to take control of their learning. Edtech requires student buy-in too.

INTERVIEW: Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech

Neo LMS

Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING, participated to a live event for Digital Learning Day 2019. The event was hosted by Phill Bevan, Community Advisor at VETR , a digital learning community for the Australian vocational education and training sector. Competency-based learning.

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Beware of taking flexibility a step too far

The Christensen Institute

At its best, online learning can catalyze new heights of flexibility—in path, pace, place, space, and teacher-student interactions—amidst an education landscape that has long looked more like an industrial production line. Moreover, online coursework can start to facilitate anywhere, anytime learning, which doubles down on the promise that learning need not be confined to the four walls of the classroom.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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To somewhat quote Darth Vader, I found the lack of quality edtech curriculum deeply disturbing. competency-based (a.k.a. standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday.

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Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

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But what has been left unsaid is how our current system of education works systematically against instilling these skills in students, and how we could naturally embed the development of grit in students—in a way that doesn’t talk explicitly about grit—by moving to a competency-based learning system. In today’s system, time is held as a constant and each student’s learning is variable. As a result, they develop major holes in their learning.

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

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In China, the edtech industry appears to be immune to the whiplash that has hit venture investing across other sectors. From January through March 2019, 131 China edtech ventures raised more than $1.86 In the language-learning market, Dada raised $255 million in its Series D round.

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The Self-Aware Educator -- Developing systems for the educator’s mind

Education Elements

Today we have access to more instructional strategies, procedures, and technologies than ever before. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Technology Blended Learning Models Anthony Kim District LEaders School Leaders EdTech

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Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

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As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. Today’s most hyped phrase, personalized learning, is nearing Gartner’s peak of inflated expectations among the chattering class of education thought leaders and philanthropists.

Competency-based and blended learning: Friends or foes?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I presented a webinar for the Michigan-based EdTech Specialists’ webinar series on blended learning and competency-based education. Early on, as many in the field do, the overlap of blended and competency-based learning felt obvious to me.

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

Engaging students and personalizing instruction with technology requires IT and instructional experts to work effectively , together, outside of their traditional silos. Let’s start with what personalized learning is — or should be — and go from there.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

So here are eight ed-tech organizations every teachers should know about: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). Structure: Membership-based. ISTE describes itself as a community of educators passionate about technology. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy.

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity. As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. Through this work, we see powerful examples of innovation across education — from students creating their own virtual reality (VR) films, to researchers working with technology developers to improve edtech efficacy, to educators rethinking their own professional development with the use of micro-credentials.

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. The new research suggests that far from mastering concepts, students may simply be retaking quizzes on education technology platforms until their score increases, which may actually hurt their overall learning progression.

Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

A 2018 study conducted by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) highlights schools in 9 states that have already started to implement interoperable systems with promising results. It also helps schools reach goals like higher student success, better data analysis, more robust cybersecurity and easier access to education technology, the report’s authors explain. SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!

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Not Just Buzzwords: How Teachers Bring Big Ideas, Innovative Practices to Life

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As edtech buzzwords new and old swirl , it is easy for educators to get lost among the fads du jour, much less apply the principles behind lofty ideas to make meaningful progress for students. Blended learning in credit-recovery courses and alternative schools—areas where students would often have no brick-and-mortar options—has gotten a bad rap because of questions about the rigor of the online learning experience. Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

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

‘Bigly’ Education Decisions for 2017

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Rick Hess has observed, no one knows exactly how the new administration's campaign promises will play out, there are two policy areas that edtech decision-makers ought to pay extra attention to. They are not accommodating of programs that are trying to move towards other measures, such as the demonstration of student skills and workforce-ready competencies. Reform of student aid rules would be well timed, amid a growing shift across both the learning and hiring landscape.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A bill backed by President Trump and announced Wednesday aims to reduce overall legal immigration by half while putting in place a new points-based system for applicants for employment-based green cards that would privilege graduates of American universities.” Via Business Insider : “Online learning may be the future of education – we compared 4 platforms that are leading the way.” (National) Education Politics.

Texas districts are rethinking technology integrations

The Christensen Institute

For the past year, 75 districts and charters in Texas have focused quietly on a vexing puzzle: how to use technology to jumpstart student achievement, but without wasting dollars on unwise technology bets that never pay off?