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

Edsurge

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. 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. EdSurge: How have AR and VR impacted students and learning in your district? Funding sources for zSpace learning labs.

What a Summer Prototype Taught Us About Measuring Quality in an Unbundled Education System

Edsurge

In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? Framework for the Future of Learning.

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Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

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. Both students had the same rubric with the same competencies and standards to meet, but they were given the flexibility to show mastery of those competencies.

Utah Makes Dramatic Progress Implementing Next Generation Learning

ExcelinEd

Utah’s steady journey toward next generation learning took another step forward last month. The state announced the recipients of the Competency-Based Education Planning Grant program. Seven school districts and charter schools will form the first cohort of the state’s competitive competency-based learning pilot program—and will have the chance to apply for an additional $2 million dollars lawmakers appropriated this year for future implementation grants.

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

Edsurge

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. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? It is burdensome and takes big chunks of time away from learning.

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New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers. This experiment, just getting under way, is called the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, named for the foundation that is underwriting it. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Transforming Physicists, Engineers into Teachers at New MIT Program

MindShift

So he’s joined a pioneering program based at MIT to take people like him, with experience in high-demand fields such as engineering, physics, math, languages, biology and neuroscience, and transform them into teachers. This experiment, just getting under way, is called the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, named for the foundation that is underwriting it. CAMBRIDGE, Mass.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Senior Remi Savard is part of the last class at Montpelier High School that experienced the system before the school’s switch to a proficiency-based model. “It’s Remi Savard is one of the last students at Montpelier High School who remembers what class was like before the school switched to a proficiency-based model three years ago. “If Now, Savard says, learning targets are clearer, and there’s more opportunity to truly understand the material. “It’s

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paid registration is required [link] About the Summit In a time of increased cultural diversity, global connectivity, and polarization of perspectives, how can leaders in classrooms, schools, districts, and education policy arenas support students with the competencies to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in diverse communities? Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.

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

The Hechinger Report

States generally allocate money per student to districts, but in states with Course Access, districts have to share that funding based on the number of courses a student takes elsewhere. For example, in Minnesota, which began allowing part-time online enrollment in 2006, roughly 1 percent (5,520) of the state’s secondary school students enrolled during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. They want them at school learning.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paid registration is required [link] About the Summit In a time of increased cultural diversity, global connectivity, and polarization of perspectives, how can leaders in classrooms, schools, districts, and education policy arenas support students with the competencies to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in diverse communities? Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The greatest trick the ed-tech devil ever played was convincing people that clicking was “active learning.”)