New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

Why Middle Schoolers Thrive in a Self-Paced Classroom

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When we decided that we’d be giving our sixth-grade students control over their own learning this year, our colleagues told us we were crazy. It turns out young adolescents are extremely capable of engaging in self-paced, blended learning. Example of a sixth grade pacing tracker.

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Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

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The term “grades” has become almost taboo among some educators in New Hampshire, where seven elementary schools are slowly ditching the word altogether through a program known as. The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. NG2] tackles long-standing educational barriers to personalized learning.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

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This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, for example, began its 1:1 initiative this year.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

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Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. 2 Go Slow to Go Fast When Implementing Competency-Based Models.

3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform

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The availability of AI technologies, machine learning, robotics and so on is happening much faster than people might expect. Students go to schools with various educational backgrounds, have diverse interests and learning preferences and progress in each subject at different rates.

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

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These two examples highlight some of the key limitations of today’s “seat-time” centric models for teacher professional development. Micro-credentials, which provide recognition for these concrete competencies in the form of digital badges, could help facilitate this shift.

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

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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. For example, the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

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These two examples highlight some of the key limitations of today’s “seat-time” centric models for teacher professional development. In contrast, imagine a world where educators may be immediately and widely recognized for specific knowledge, skills, and mindsets that they demonstrate in transparent, competency-based ways. Micro-credentials, which provide recognition for these concrete competencies in the form of digital badges, could help facilitate this shift.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

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Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Using the Instructional Model Design , the Ed Elements team brings deep expertise, examples from other districts, and design-thinking processes to help schools create their unique designs. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools.

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

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It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education. In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. Each child has different learning needs at different times.

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

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In my visits to elementary, middle, and high schools around the country this past academic year, here are five tips I took away for how educators can get beyond the buzz to implementation. 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