Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

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In the past two academic years, Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA), an online state school created by the Idaho Legislature, has taken proactive steps to fix a key problem: losing English Language Learner (ELL) students before high school graduation, and losing them from highly technical and content-driven courses like biology. But why the blend of digital and in-person?

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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What does it mean to be human in a digital age? A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning.

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education

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The cloud can serve as a force multiplier in achieving this goal, putting additional tools to enhance student learning directly into the hands of educators. They are developing a recommendation engine to leverage dropout rate data to predict and design interventions for at-risk students.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

Why Obama’s higher ed ratings are struggling

The Christensen Institute

Applying the QV Index just to a subset of new institutions would allow us to learn about the feasibility and unintended consequences of such a ratings system. Those students would be better off but might be counted as dropouts nonetheless under the ratings system.”. A Wall Street Journal article last week reported that the Obama administration is running into major political and technical obstacles in completing and rolling out its college ratings system.

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To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students

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Despite all the celebratory rhetoric around our nation’s declining dropout rates, during a given year, nearly 20% of students expected to graduate do not. Uncategorized classroom technology digital content digital learning digital tools english language learners

5 trends for seeding CBE growth

The Christensen Institute

As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could thwart many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner. digital learning ) to schools to pursue various models, all of which might qualify as competency-based. An American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) publication looked at the overlap of afterschool programs and competency-based learning models.

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Teachable Moments: What We Learn When We Teach

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Often there are lessons to be learned from the very act of teaching, whether it’s an instructor finding new ways to reach—or not reach—students, to watching students grow before your eyes to discovering what makes collaborative learning so successful.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District , a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District , a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. — Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016. Connecting Every Student to Personalized Learning.

Does Online Education Help Low-income Students Succeed?

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From the start, access has been the defining achievement of online learning. For a couple of decades, I championed online learning for its ability to uproot entrenched ideas in education, especially by engaging students in active learning, a pedagogical style rarely practiced on campus. But I was even more taken with digital learning’s ability to let underrepresented students leap virtually over high campus gates to earn college degrees as never before.

Still, Watters runs deep #EDEN15

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Audrey Watters and Maarten de Laat Education writer and journalist Audrey Watters describes herself as a recovering academic, serial dropout and rabble rouser - her blog also carries the epithet 'trouble maker'. We are building our new learning networks on pre-existing and emerging monopolies.

Former Superintendent of the Year Mark Edwards to Join Discovery Education

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school district since 2007, will be the senior vice president of digital learning for the Silver Spring, Md.-based Discovery Education provides digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms around the world. That future includes a robust digital environment.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Personalized learning advocates had big hopes for ESSA, enacted in 2015. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The New York Times , a profile on the Indiana charter chain Excel Schools : “A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School.” Chalkbeat on NAEP : “The national test of students’ progress has gone digital. My kids gonna learn today ?? ” Via the Google blog : “Rolling Study Halls: turning bus time into learning time.” million in seed funding from LearnStart (Learn Capital) and Rethink Education.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Ohio State University and Apple on Wednesday announced a collaboration that will start a digital learning effort at the university that Apple and university officials said may represent the company’s most ambitious program in higher education.” “ Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 15th The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners.