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3 ways real-world feedback could disrupt traditional assessments

The Christensen Institute

Innovative assessments are getting a fair amount of attention in K-12 policy circles as a handful of states gear up for the federal innovative assessment pilots and ESSA implementation gets underway.

A Day in the Life of a Student in a Personalized, Competency-Based School

Education Elements

This blog post was originally published on the CompetencyWorks website, based on data from former Ed Elements team member Mike Wolking. Personalized Learning

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Teachers Explore Innovative Education in South Korea

Digital Promise

What happens when educators go beyond school walls to gain a global perspective on teaching and learning? Four teachers from across the United States were invited to join Digital Promise at the e-Learning 2018 Korea International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Choice + Imagination = Fantastic Results

User Generated Education

The use of Destination Imagination (DI) has been recommended by my supervisor for use with gifted students. I teach gifted students at two Title 1 elementary schools. DI MISSION.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Gold Standard Project Based Learning: Project Based Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Suzie Boss on Episode 384 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. After much research, Suzie Boss shares what makes excellent project-based teaching and gives a sneak peek into her book by the same name.

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Strategies That Can Take the Anxiety Out Of Math

Digital Promise

Julienne Cruz has taught math in public schools for eight years and has seen many students struggle with learning math. When asked about her students’ attitudes towards math, she noted: “Students from kindergarten to third grade tend to like math; they think it’s fun to think about patterns.

Selecting Digital Content for Your School: A How-To Guide

Education Elements

As a learning organization, we are always improving and iterating. School leaders often ask us: “How do I select the right content for my blended classroom?” To help answer this question, we’ve developed an infographic and guide to " Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning ".

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A Personalized High School: How It Works

The CoolCatTeacher

Julia Bamba on Episode 383 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Julia Bamba leads a personalized high school. After three years, they are graduating their first senior class.

Leave little to chance with a discovery-driven approach to blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Almost every educator I’ve asked about leading a blended-learning initiative has expressed that building a blended program is a process, not an event.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

The Enduring Power of Print for Learning in a Digital World

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Today’s students see themselves as digital natives , the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

Anatomy & Physiology “Beneath the Surface Musculoskeletal Disorders Project” Using @WeVideo (including student tutorials) #edtech #STEM


I had a chance to work with our Anatomy & Physiology classes, taught by Dr. Badraslioglu, this past week. We used WeVideo to have students create a “Beneath the Surface: Musculoskeletal Disorders Project” to showcase what they are learning in class.

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An Artificial Intelligence Curriculum in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Justin Aglio in episode 382 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Justin Aglio has partnered with Carnegie Mellon and MIT to develop a middle school curriculum teaching Artificial Intelligence.

Sometimes, you have to walk in the rain

Ditch That Textbook

Today was an unseasonably warm yet gloomy, drizzly day in Indiana. If you were in a school today, you might have spent it indoors, away from the elements and completely dry. I spent part of it walking in the rain. On purpose. I was leaving the airport and making my way toward the long-term economy […]. Teaching


3 Months, 3 Micro-credentials, 1 Teacher: Building Performance Assessment Capacity in Georgia

Digital Promise

Kimberly Sheppard is a personalized learning coach for Henry County Schools in Georgia. In that capacity, she is participating—along with eighty or so of her Henry County colleagues—in the Assessment for Learning micro-credential project , led by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE).

The Difference Between Assessment Of Learning And Assessment For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Difference Between Assessment Of Learning And Assessment For Learning by Terry Heick What is the difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning? It boils down to purpose.

Atomic Habits for Teachers and Students

The CoolCatTeacher

James Clear on Episode 381 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Ditch that lesson planner with Google Slides

Ditch That Textbook

Every summer, I bought a planner in hopes that this would be the year that I would use it for the entire year. Just like all my New Year’s Resolutions though, I would keep it up for about a week or two, then forget about it. For the rest of the semester, I would write […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog digital lesson planners google slides google slides in the classroom online lesson planning using google for lesson plans

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Research evidence on bullying prevention at odds with what schools are doing

The Hechinger Report

. In September 2018, I wrote about the so-called “Trump effect” on bullying in schools, citing a study that found higher bullying rates in GOP districts after the 2016 presidential election.

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20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The Shake Up Learning community is always chatting and sharing digital tools and lesson ideas for the K12 classroom.

Overcoming 5 Barriers to the Implementation of PBL

The CoolCatTeacher

John Larmer on Episode 385 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. John Larmer, the editor at the Buck Institute, talks about common barriers to effective project-based learning and how to overcome them.

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Starting With Positive Assumptions

The Principal of Change

Assumptions can cause a lot of issues in the work that is done by educators. They can be used as a detriment or to your advantage. Think of these negative assumptions. Parents don’t want education to be any different than their experience. Teachers don’t want to change.

The opioid crisis took their parents, now foster kids left behind are being failed again

The Hechinger Report

Jodie Hicks, left, and her husband, Kevin O’Brien, right, with their granddaughter, Tessa. Tessa started living with her grandparents three years ago. Photo: Doug McSchooler for The Huffington Post.

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Help Students Learn Better With Different Types of Engaging Visuals


Today, students have more homework than the generations of students before them. They also have plenty of distractions in and out of the classroom like social media, social media marketers, online. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer by Terry Heick The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education.

Learning By Doing: Using the Arts to Enhance Reading and Stop Bullying

Reading By Example

This is a guest post by Kathy Wade, CEO and co-founder of Learning Through Art. Her organization has developed five free resources to help caring parents, teachers, and community leaders bring the story of Chrysanthemum to their own learners.

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

The Hechinger Report

The iPhone App store offers dozens of apps aimed at preschool students. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Preschool is a major market in the world of apps, with more than half of apps on the Apple and Android platforms geared toward kids 5 and under.

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Make Mondrian Art with Google Sheets


Although you might not recognize the name, you most likely will recognize the look. Mondrian Art is an abstract form of art that uses a creative layout of squares and rectangles, often filled in with primary colors.

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Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?


I recently read a report that said schools in the UK spend £900mn per year on educational technology. It shows that clearly, EdTech is becoming an integral part of our classroom learning.

Conceptual Understanding vs. Procedural Fluency

MIND Research Institute

During the breaks at a couple of recent professional development trainings, my colleagues and I asked teachers to share their definition of “deep conceptual learning.” Common threads ran through the individual responses.

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TEACHER VOICE: We need phonics, along with other supports, for reading

The Hechinger Report

. “Balanced literacy.” It means different things to different people. On the importance of explicit, systematic phonics instruction , I agree with Emily Hanford’s arguments in her recent article.

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Insights for innovating in emerging markets: Pull, don’t push

The Christensen Institute

In this five-part series, Five insights for innovating in emerging markets , I explore several insights, one by one, that my research has uncovered for innovators interested in emerging markets. This is part two of the series, based on an earlier blog. Poverty often shows itself as a lack of resources, such as schools, roads, hospitals, and even properly functioning institutions.

The Ups and Downs of a Reading Life

Reading By Example

Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash. When is the last time you led a conversation with students about reading habits and you shared, “You know, I just haven’t had time to read lately.”? ”?