Documenting and Reflecting on Learning

User Generated Education

The most powerful learning often happens when students self-monitor, or reflect. Students may not always be aware of what they are learning and experiencing. Documenting Learning. taking ownership of one’s learning. being open for feedback ( Documenting FOR Learning ).

Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report

A Mississippi mom encourages her daughter as she completes a session on the kindergarten readiness program, Waterford Upstart. Now, early learning advocates are even more worried about the state’s youngest learners.

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The dark side of education research: widespread bias

The Hechinger Report

Now, scholars are detecting the same type of biases in the education product industry — even in a federally curated collection of research that’s supposed to be of the highest quality. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

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K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Are you a K-12 educator or administrator? Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you!

How Can We Support Kids in Learning More Than One Language?

Digital Promise

Over 70% of respondents in a recent study conducted in Florida agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that all students should learn an additional language of their choice. The question is, how can we support our children in learning more than one language? I have been a bilingual educator for over 20 years. I have worked with teachers and conducted many classroom observations and program evaluations. How the Program Works.

Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

The Hechinger Report

Seventh grade students offer feedback on projects by sixth graders at Stony Brook School, where about 40 students in each grade get interdisciplinary, project-based learning. It’s a cool way to learn something,” Roman said. Instead of learning and taking a test.

Empowering Community Perspectives in Evaluation Research

Digital Promise

What is equitable evaluation? As funders, government agencies, and service providers become increasingly focused on program evaluation results to make evidence-based decisions, evaluators and other researchers seek to answer this question.

Toward a Conceptual Framework for a Quality, Learning-Focused 1to1 Initiative

More Verbs

In order to create a high performing, learning-focused 1to1 initiative, this is where to move the needle: Leadership skilled at building a high level of buy-in with educators, students and parents/community. Teachers focusing technology on learning more than devices & tools. Technology in support of learning. Notes & Resources: Leadership for change that builds a high level of buy-in with educators, students and parents/community.

Don’t Ignore Teachers in Evaluation Studies of Education Technology

Edsurge

As a researcher, I recognize the appeal of “gold standard” research that uses random assignment to find out just how much a given digital courseware product helps improve student learning. At the same time, my experience doing research in an urban district suggests that education technology evaluations need to go beyond this focus if they are to be most useful. The Basic Issue: Personalizing vs. Plugging-In A basic issue in any program evaluation is to define the program.

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Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

School closures in all 50 states have sent educators and parents alike scrambling to find online learning resources to keep kids busy and productive at home. IXL says its program is “proven effective” and that research “has shown over and over that IXL produces real results.”

#AskExcelinEd: How are states advancing next generation learning?

ExcelinEd

States are exploring next generation learning to provide schools with the flexibility and support needed to ensure students graduate prepared for college or career. Today, there is a new resource for education leaders to use in this important work.

Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey@ tguskey is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Assessment Education Every Classroom Matters Podcast How to Guides.

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Staying Educationally Relevant in Instructional Technology

Tech Helpful

The ISTE Standards · C describe the skills and knowledge they need to support their peers in becoming digital age educators" ( [link] ). In the past few days I have been thinking about the future of educational technology at my school and what that support should look like.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. When McClary joined the district as the manager of educational technology in 2014, progress was less than stellar.

This Tech Encourages Career Planning When It Matters Most—Before Graduation

Edsurge

Instead, she spent two years at a junior college in general education before declaring a major in accounting—mainly because she had done well in her high school accounting classes. So, she marched herself across campus to the Education department and decided to teach business instead.

Invest in the Workforce of the Future with Data-Driven Collaboration

Digital Promise

By investing in the (Governor’s Workforce Board) programs, we’re building the workforce of the future. Through the utilization of an expansive data sharing platform, Rhode Island hopes to conduct robust analyses to: Improve workforce development and adult education programs.

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How Professors Can Encourage Students to Join Them for Office Hours

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Show Transparency The Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) project encourages professors to help students understand how they learn and pull back the veil on the teaching and learning process The model advocates using a three-part approach to transparency.

Bring Science to Life: The Impact of Video Game Simulations

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In an edWebinar sponsored by Immersed Games, “ Supporting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Learning with Video Games ,” Lindsey Tropf, M.Ed., Learning progressions – These build complexity across each dimension, moving through grades. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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Profiles in Success: Evaluation Links ST Math to Improved Growth Mindset

MIND Research Institute

At Robeson Elementary, a school in Champaign Unit 4 School District in Illinois, educators take pride in fostering a growth mindset in their students and providing them with the right tools for success. Having seen the impact at other schools, Gaines knew that the program would fit right in with Robeson's culture. “I’m To formally assess the impact of ST Math, Gaines performed a program evaluation, analyzing NWEA scores, ST Math data and even interviewing teachers.

An Interactive Tool Empowers High Schoolers To Take Control of Career Planning

Edsurge

Instead, she spent two years at a junior college in general education before declaring a major in accounting—mainly because she had done well in her high school accounting classes. So, she marched herself across campus to the Education department and decided to teach business instead.

What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals.

Project Hope Alliance Partners with Think Through Math and Pearson Education

Think Through Math

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 — Project Hope Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for Orange County families through stable housing and youth education programs, recently launched its Soaring to Success pilot program in partnership with Pearson Education and Think Through Math. During these two-hour events, parents work collaboratively, share best practices, and learn how to best advocate for their children in school.

A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

Everyone, whether an educator, an entrepreneur or a parent, should want edtech products that are effective—ones that genuinely help students learn. Why the ‘Gold Standard’ Isn’t a Fit (in Edtech) Why has efficacy been such a challenge in education?

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Wednesday Interview - Breaking the Cycle of Students' Disengagement by Having Them Leave, to Learn

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, April 17th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski on their new book, Leaving to Learn : How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates. It''s called leaving to learn.

Leadership Coaching and How Students and Teachers Benefit

Digital Promise

Recognizing that transformation, especially digital transformation, is complex and sometimes “messy,” Digital Promise is launching a second cohort of our Leadership Coaching program to support K-12 leaders working towards transforming learning in their districts through technology.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEL Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask

Edsurge

Many school-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are widely used, for example. And a growing number of states are integrating social-emotional expectations into their educational standards. When these programs are well-implemented, they have academic, social, and emotional benefits. Recognizing this, organizations are investing in initiatives and partnerships designed to bring school-based SEL programs to scale.

Creating a Leadership Program for Your School

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Yet, many schools and districts still have minimal programs—typically a student council—and tend to concentrate on the oldest grades. As with any school- or district-wide initiative, implementing a leadership program requires careful planning and communication.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

Edsurge

Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

The Actual Dollars That Will Shape the New K-12 Investment Ecosystem

Edsurge

It’s that most conversations about a school’s expenses don’t sync up to what’s happening in the classroom—the instruction, materials, and tools that shape the educational experience for teachers and students. Some state education agencies are working with their districts to develop reliable and consistent processes to collect this data, but they are largely the exception. The district began the program when budgets were declining and they had to decide what to cut and what to keep.

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Why You Need More Than "One Good Study" To Evaluate EdTech

MIND Research Institute

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that every education technology (edtech) publisher says their product works, and they all have some sort of supporting evidence. Yet just that one piece of "gold standard" evidence is often considered good enough by educators when making a purchasing decision. Educators aren’t the only ones stuck in this “one good study” paradigm. Highly credible edtech evaluation lists give top marks for just one RCT (randomized controlled trial).

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Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support

EdTech Magazine

As digital leaders, it is important to cultivate systemic conditions in education that support and nurture a growth mindset for these students, while allowing them to utilize their technical expertise. When school districts bring in technology to do just that, it is also integral that administrators support educators and keep pedagogy in mind. How will you use educational technology to create opportunities for cognitive differentiation among your students in the lessons?

Edtech Data Improves Purchases and Student Performance

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Evaluating the Evaluation Process. Administrators can consider factors such as whether the schools are urban, suburban, and rural, and how many students participate in Title I programs. edWeb Blog data edtech edtech evaluations Schoolwide Performance

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CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program. Proper technology evaluation is a crucial element to digital innovation , said Baule, speaking at Consortium for School Networking’s 2019 annual conference. 4 Key Evaluation Questions for K–12 Schools.

5 Principles for Evaluating State Test Scores

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The answer, of course, is to visit the school, talk to the staff and students, and observe the learning process. Prior to looking at data, educators need to avoid two major pitfalls. Educators can miss, then, when students are racing ahead or falling behind.