Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Photo: TARA GARCIA MATHEWSON/The Hechinger Report. Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. Brown liked the shift to online work.

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report. With this in mind, more school districts and local governments are trying to identify lower-cost learning opportunities that can still vault students into well-paying careers.

The big jobs of small-town principals

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report. Photo: Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report. The agency is also trying to reduce some of the burdens on small districts by easing reporting requirements when possible, said LePlatt. Photo: Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report.

Dropout Detective Offers Academic ‘Credit Scores’—But Is That a Good Thing?

Edsurge

That’s why it might come as surprise to hear AspirEDU , an educational analytics company, pitch their Dropout Detective software as an “academic credit score” for students. But whereas credit scores are designed to prevent risky buyers from getting approved on loans, Dropout Detective is meant to improve student success and lower dropout rates. That information includes a daily report of how every student at the school is performing across their classes.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

About three quarters of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in America are mainstreamed, learning alongside hearing students in schools and classes where sign-language interpreters are often in short supply. That reading deficit slows their learning in every other subject.

STUDENT VOICES: Teachers put you in situations to make you stronger

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Follow The Hechinger Report on Instagram for more great images of teaching and learning. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report.

STUDENT VOICES: Pay teachers more

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. You’re just learning to take a test.

STUDENT VOICES: “Challenging” views are considered insubordination

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

STUDENT VOICES: If I weren’t here I’d probably be dead

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STUDENT VOICES: I don’t want to die in the same town I grew up in

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

STUDENT VOICES: I never knew I’d get this far

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

STUDENT VOICES: When you’re a teenager you feel like an outsider already

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. It tailors to every style of learning.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t think you need an A+ in calculus to work a normal job

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The Hechinger Report is running 10 excerpts from the project, to give our readers a sampling of what students really think. Photo: Magdalena Slapik for The Hechinger Report. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

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

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. 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.”.

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Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

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Photo: Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report. They had practiced the dissecting procedure in an online interactive, and now they were ready to raise real scalpels and get a look at the frogs’ insides. Photo: Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report. “We Future of Learning.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

When schools persistently graduate less than half of their students of color and students with disabilities, we call those schools dropout factories. We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure.

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Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

Marketplace K-12

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the board of directors for Pluralsight , a Utah-based ed-tech company that provides online courses in various subjects, including software development and information technology, the news site Fast Company reported Thursday. Marketplace K-12 Ed-tech Leadership Online LearningBy Guest Blogger Andrew Ujifusa. Cross-posted from the Politics K-12. Former U.S.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. Almost half of all Ontario secondary school teachers report using YouTube or video elements in their classrooms.

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From rhetoric to reality: creating communities to forge a skills-based future

The Christensen Institute

As the Hechinger Report recently reported , there is growing momentum around hiring based on skills, rather than degrees. This helps bootcamps streamline their admissions process, prevent dropouts, focus on completion, and deliver on the outcomes that they have promised.

How rethinking regulation could help innovation thrive in higher education

The Christensen Institute

But despite a landscape that appears bleak, there are bright spots of innovation on the horizon, illuminating new models that can help students learn, earn college degrees, and find their way in the workforce—all at a fraction of the cost of traditional college.

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. Supplemental online courses.

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Does Online Education Help Low-income Students Succeed?

Edsurge

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.

Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. The real-time lessons would be available at least three times a day and would be posted online.

For anxious students, a teacher who comes to your house might be the answer

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Photo: Robbie Feinberg for The Hechinger Report. During her childhood of dealing with family strife, which took her to towns across rural Maine, rarely staying at a school for longer than a year or two, learning was never a priority. “It Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

OPINION: This high-poverty district learned to think differently about teaching and learning

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Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. The district aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet learning standards recently adopted by the state and modeled on the Common Core state standards. Opportunities for online learning. Future of Learning.

In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner. As a result, these competencies will end up as an iteration or improvement on standards, rather than as a new approach to teaching and learning. As a result, report cards may more accurately reflect what students actually know, but classroom models will be no better suited to filling in gaps reflected in those grades.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? Here’s what caught my eye this week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: March 3, 2017 How to Tell a Secret in the Digital Age | New York Times → Education reporters take heed.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The Hechinger Report : “Documenting Maine ’s failure to implement proficiency-based education.” ” Via The Atlantic : “Why Many College Dropouts Are Returning to School in North Carolina.” The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall , formerly a gynecologist in the university’s health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced.”

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'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

Edsurge

The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year). We sit down with students and create a personalized learning plan for each of them. Most of them were dropouts.” “In

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

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. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

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. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework.

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Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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Ten years later, the couple sat across a wooden table from Caleb, now 16, a high school dropout and, as of September, survivor of a suicide attempt. His paltry education was much like that of dozens of other children in the GNETS system whose experiences this reporter researched.