?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. Increasingly, students at these schools also have opportunities to engage in individualized learning through tech-driven curriculum. It can be extremely difficult to adjust to the new model of education, after being conditioned to learn through memorization, tests, and lectures.

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

Edsurge

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

As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges. How online learning can solve teacher shortage problems.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” Dwinal then explains how online learning is addressing these issues by making the teacher labor force more flexible such that more skilled and certified individuals are available to address the nations teaching needs. One of the most conclusive findings in education research is that teachers matter.

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.

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?

Edsurge

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.

A tale of two competency-based districts

eSchool News

Districts around the country are moving away from teaching models based on lectures and textbooks—but transition isn’t always simple. Rather than focusing on traditional curricula, we transitioned to a mastery-based learning model.

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

Edsurge

Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning. This group of girls looked at the characters and based their talk show on the plot of the story. Artwork based on a scene of the story. Think about it: when was the last time a creative task held your focus?

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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.

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.

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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8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

Structure: Membership-based. The organisation’s primary activities include hosting key learning events, chief among them the annual ISTE conference and expo , producing professional development resources and a number of annual publications. Focus: STEM.

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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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. Challenge 1: Creating opportunities for authentic learning. Further, authentic learning has the potential to make students more engaged.

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

Edsurge

Within the Chinese education sector, three sectors saw a concentration of investments: competency-based education; language learning; education “informazation.”. secured a $15 million Series A round to further develop its STEM platform for preschool students.

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Project-Based Learning Is Just the Beginning

techlearning

We’ve introduced 16 different career paths to about 70% of our K–5 students using Defined STEM’s career wheel. In addition, we are one of 10 high school districts in Illinois that has started to move to competency-based learning.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture. Professional Learning (skills, knowledge, theory).

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.

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

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Yet Rose believes there is hope if we can implement the concept of personalization more actively in schools and other learning environments. “If The three elements that differentiate students—and really, anyone According to Rose, there are three patterns of individuality that everyone should consider when creating learning experiences for students. Mary Jo Madda ( @MJMadda ) is Senior Editor at EdSurge, as well as a former STEM middle school teacher and administrator.

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

The Hechinger Report

In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what’s behind their success. Today, Juarez is ranked 49th out of 658 Illinois public high schools based on test scores and college readiness.

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 Perhaps also because as flipped learning has evolved, it has adopted much more of an open-ended definition. Now it’s just the expectation,” she says of flipped learning at her district.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

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. They want them at school learning. They want them at school learning.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world. Find out how you can get involved with and utilize ASCD’s resources on Global Competencies for Educational Leaders.

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.”

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world. Find out how you can get involved with and utilize ASCD’s resources on Global Competencies for Educational Leaders.