?Three Tips For Introducing Competency-Based Learning Into K-12

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By far, one of the most popular topics at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio last week was “competency-based learning"; out of the conference's approximately 200 sessions, 35 had the phrase in their title. . What exactly is competency-based learning? Check out Competency Works' description here. It's just such a wonderful way to ease students along the learning process. Education Technology Competency-Based Learning Learning Strategies

Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

The Christensen Institute

Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. Her work has been published by Education Next, The Mercury News, and the Bluefire literary journal. . Innovative schools are on the rise across the world and are transforming the way we think about K–12 education. These schools are no longer following the traditional model of education.

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

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The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Little did I know that by 2019 I would find a way to apply the data science strategies I learned as a geologist to bring joy and engagement back to my classroom. I came away from the institute eager to try inquiry-based instruction in my class during the 2015-16 school year.

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Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

These teacher shortages are proving especially acute in certain subject areas like special education, science, and mathematics. For example, two in five high schools don’t offer physics, according to a recent Education Week Research Center analysis of data from the U.S.

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. That’s one of the many reasons the Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Florida’s St. 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. Funding sources for zSpace learning labs.

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

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Nearly ten years ago, I started my career in education as a math teacher at a new alternative high school serving over-age, under-credited youth in New York City. If we, the educators, were going to serve our students well, we were going to have to get pedagogically creative. If we, the educators, were going to serve our students well, we were going to have to get pedagogically creative. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence.

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

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According to a study from Adobe (which an accompanying infographic shown to the right), 82% of college-educated professionals wish they had more exposure to creative thinking as students. Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning.

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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.

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.

Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

Asante Johnson is a technology integration coach and STEM teacher at District of Columbia Public Schools ’ Wheatley Education Campus. Last month, Johnson joined a handful of educators from the League of Innovative Schools on a tour of three public school districts in New Hampshire, a leader in competency-based education. When I landed in New Hampshire, I was eager to see competency-based education in action at the secondary level.

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. Yet as schools break away from traditional models of education, new challenges emerge. ” Challenge 3: Fostering deeper learning.

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.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

Some operate only in the United States, others world-wide, but they all have one thing in common: educators of all kind can find support in their professional lives and connect with like-minded individuals. Structure: Membership-based. Focus: Educating Educators.

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.

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Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. Good luck solving the STEM problem in this country against that backdrop.

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

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Education investments showed modest growth in the first quarter of 2019, even as venture investing in China in all other sectors dropped sharply. secured a $15 million Series A round to further develop its STEM platform for preschool students.

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The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. If we can’t effectively support our educators then expecting them to reverse the concerning trends of high school dropouts (more than ¼ fail to graduate H.S.),

Project-Based Learning Is Just the Beginning

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Three years ago, we transformed Kankakee Public Schools’ general education track into the College and Career Academy, which is 100% focused on using PBL to prepare students for future jobs. We started by marrying the traditional, content-driven course work with performance-based assessment.

‘There’s No Such Thing as Average’: Todd Rose on Brain Science and the Limitations of Standards

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That a lesson professor Todd Rose’s shared with educators and education entrepreneurs in his keynote at iNACOL in San Antonio, Texas on October 26. Rose, who currently heads the Mind, Brain and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and cofounded the Center for Individual Opportunity , became well-acquainted with the concept of “average”—average score, average body size, average ability—after conducting research for his recent book, “ The End of Average.”

To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels

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Back in the early 1900s, John Dewey promoted the “learning by doing” approach to education, which would later become the foundation of project-based learning (PBL). Opening up a World of Possibilities At Kankakee Public Schools in Illinois, we’ve introduced 16 different career paths to about 70 percent of our K–5 students using Defined STEM’s career wheel. For us, it starts by marrying the traditional, content-driven coursework with performance-based assessment.

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. Or maybe it stemmed from the fact that anyone could get the gist of the teaching idea in the time it takes to rattle off a sound bite. “It’s A kid who does not do their homework normally will not watch the lectures at home even if you hold them accountable,” educator Chris Aviles has written in a screed against the model’s hype.

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

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education, is giving parents freedom of choice, either to choose charter schools or to use vouchers to buy an education at any school they like, public or private. Lindsay Russell, director of the ALEC Task Force on Education and Workforce Development.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

The Hechinger Report

Turning around struggling high schools is the toughest work in education reform. In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what’s behind their success. A student who got an A was assumed to have learned something.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators. Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

Join Us for the Third Annual Global Leadership Summit - March 23rd, 2018 in Boston

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The day-long Global Leadership Summit, co-hosted by ASCD and the Global Education Conference Network, will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders in an interactive and engaging program. in Education Technology program at Long Island University.

The 2018 Global Leadership Summit - March 23rd, 2018 in Boston

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The day-long Global Leadership Summit, co-hosted by ASCD and the Global Education Conference Network, will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders in an interactive and engaging program. in Education Technology program at Long Island University.