2017

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward?

Digital Promise

Over the years, I’ve been involved in developing research programs and projects in education technology, games, and virtual reality. As I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy. Norm Lane was a brilliant behavioral scientist who was commissioned as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 1963 and had retired when I first met him in 1994.

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Document Student Growth with Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard. Digital portfolios are one of the most powerful ways my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning journeys. Digital portfolios help students set, track, and achieve their academic learning goals. Check out several of my students’ reflective portfolios here.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Voglesang on episode 209 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero , she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

This December will again host the Hour of Code , a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Last year, almost 300,000 students (age 4-104) participated from over 180 countries and wrote almost 20 billion lines of code. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think.

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?The Power of Choice: Why Online Classes Matter to Students

Edsurge

There is no lack of evidence to suggest that online classes have deeply transformed the teaching and learning landscape in higher education. In 2015, for example, nearly 30 percent of college students took at least one online class. But as more faculty are being encouraged to teach online, how often are they aware of why creating the option to take online classes supports their students’ ability to graduate?

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Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. The one thing almost all of them have in common is yelling out, “I can’t do this” when the tasks aren’t completed upon first attempts or get a little too difficult for them. I partially blame this on the way most school curriculum is structured.

Tapping Toward a Better Understanding of Slope

MIND Research Institute

Thoughts of a traditional math classroom may bring to mind images of students sitting silently at desks while a teacher works through a math problem on the board. There could be more to this scene though. Perhaps one student is using her fingers to keep track of numbers while another quietly taps his pencil along to key points of the equation. These are both small examples of embodied cognition, the idea that features of thought are shaped by aspects of the body other than the brain.

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

The Journal

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression

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.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Where do students spend their time outside of school? Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? Students spend much of their lives outside of school interacting on social media. Instead of looking at this reality as a detriment, teachers can look at it as a chance to implement some creative teaching techniques.

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. Her work has been published by Education Next, The Mercury News, and the Bluefire literary journal. . Innovative schools are on the rise across the world and are transforming the way we think about K–12 education. These schools are no longer following the traditional model of education.

New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math

Digital Promise

Recently, the 60,000-member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a new “Research Compendium,” a handbook with 38 chapters , each summarizing the best research on an important aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. For the past three years, I was honored to work on the team that developed the chapter on “Technology for Mathematics Learning.”

8 Ways to Annotate Readings, Websites and Online Articles with Examples

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ” – John Locke. One of the most important skills for our digital learners is inspecting the information they consume with a critical eye. The challenge is to turn this into a habit students do outside the classroom. One idea is to get students to annotate their readings regularly.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

5 Lies I Used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki Davis on episode 205 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe any more. In today’s final episode of season 2, I reflect on those lies and how I’ve grown in my practice. I hope it helps starts some conversation about what matters in the classroom. How about you?

How Magnolia ISD ‘leveled the playing field’ for students in math

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re evaluating math programs at your school, a good option to consider is ORIGO Education’s Stepping Stones. Here’s one educator’s story about how Stepping Stones made a big difference with his students’ math skills: How Magnolia ISD has ‘leveled the playing field’ for students in math. by Dennis Pierce. Like many U.S. school systems, the Magnolia Independent School District in Texas serves a diverse student population.

10 MORE digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 2)

Ditch That Textbook

We have a golden window of time at the beginning of any class. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all day. If we squander that time, the rest of […]. Ed Tech bell ringers edtech educational technology flipgrid formative padlet prior knowledge screencastify

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Classroom Device Management Empowers Teachers to Integrate Tech

EdTech Magazine

By Joe McAllister Educators can keep students on task with tools from Google and GoGuardian. Classroom Digital Content Management Mobile Device Management Mobility Software

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

What is the Missing Step in Your District’s Strategic Plan?

Education Elements

All districts have strategic plans. For many districts, they are the most expensive document created in a given year. Getting to a final draft usually takes several months or more and requires the time of many staff and community members. There are committees, meetings, surveys, reviews, discussions and multiple rounds of revision. Personalized Learning School Districts School Leaders

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Suspended for a tweet?

Dangerously Irrelevant

In Michigan, a student was suspended for using ‘profanity’ in a tweet that encouraged his district superintendent to clear the snow in the school parking lot. In Maine, a high schooler was suspended for tweeting that poor student treatment by administrators meant that “they’re asking to be the next Columbine.” And in Florida, a student was suspended for ‘cyberbullying’ a coach with a single tweet that allegedly just reciprocated the same insult that the coach had called her earlier.

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

The Journal

Five years from now K–12 classrooms will look dramatically different than they do today because of the four trends identified in this week’s blog post. You can take that prediction to the bank

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6 Things the Best Teachers Do

Wisewire

They say that no two teachers are alike. Each one has a teaching style that creates a unique classroom experience. Some prefer project-based learning, while others use interactive assessments to measure student growth. No matter whether young or old, urban or rural, Math or English, there are several traits that the best teachers have in common. This list features the most practical things that all teachers can do to be successful in the classroom.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes.

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

Last week, Digital Promise co-hosted the EdSurge Fusion conference. As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways. But before I could make a movie about this, I needed to make sure I knew what powerful learning looks like to me. I set out to find students who leverage their connected resources to improve the quality of life for themselves, others, and their communities. What I found was inspiring.

17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Videos provide greater engagement than text or images for the simple reason that it combines audio, video and text.” ” – Amit Garg. YouTube is one of the most popular social networks, because students love learning by video. DIY ( Do It Yourself ) videos, How-To videos, Tutorials, game walkthroughs and TED Talks are some of the most viewed videos. People enjoy learning from others who walk them through the process. The content is shorter and dynamic.

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Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there? Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Join a delightful, fun world of immersive teaching. Book Creator for Chrome.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.