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

Digital Promise

Are you a K-12 educator or administrator? This spring, Digital Promise is working with six school districts conducting education technology pilots. Director of Research and Program Evaluation. Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Technology.

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. Higher Education. Related: The ‘dirty secret’ about educational innovation.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

Secretary of Education Richard W. ” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools.

Don’t Ignore Teachers in Evaluation Studies of Education Technology

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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. Specifically, if we consider that education technology products are not so much “stand alone” interventions but tools for helping teachers personalize their learning environments, then the centrality of teachers becomes apparent. Education Technology Efficacy Research

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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.

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.

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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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. About Pearson Education. New characters, new environments, and a reward program increase motivation and accomplishment.

What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. Thomas Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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?

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. Higher Education. Having fun is important for programs like this.

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

Digital Promise

I have been a bilingual educator for over 20 years. I have worked with teachers and conducted many classroom observations and program evaluations. One bilingual education model that research has shown to be particularly effective is “Two-Way Immersion,” or TWI. How the Program Works. TWI programs are bilingual programs designed to build high levels of bilingual proficiency. So, what is it about the program that makes it so effective ?

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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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.

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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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.

#AskExcelinEd: How are states advancing next generation learning?

ExcelinEd

Today, there is a new resource for education leaders to use in this important work. The report uses data and information gathered during a review of these programs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are or will soon be administering a next generation learning program.

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.

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

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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. Notes & Resources: Leadership for change that builds a high level of buy-in with educators, students and parents/community. This is your burning platform; that driving reason for change that educators and community can rally around.

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

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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.

Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

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 Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

IES Selects ST Math for Replication Studies

MIND Research Institute

Department of Education (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) as one of six math programs to be further investigated under what IES terms “replication studies.”. “We At MIND, evaluation research is always about more than a “green light” for ST Math as a product.

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IES Selects ST Math for Replication Studies

MIND Research Institute

Department of Education (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) as one of six math programs to be further investigated under what IES terms “replication studies.”. “We At MIND, evaluation research is always about more than a “green light” for ST Math as a product.

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5 Principles for Evaluating State Test Scores

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While educators should track performance data to help inform their overall view on a district, school, or class, they need to keep in mind basic data analysis principles to ensure that they aren’t getting a false image of their students’ achievement.

National Study Shows Significant Results on an Unprecedented Scale

MIND Research Institute

Independent education research firm WestEd recently published the largest ever national study evaluating a math edtech program. The study found significant results at schools that used ST Math , a PreK-8 visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving. Two outcomes were evaluated: average math scale scores and the proportion of students who were proficient or above in math.

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What If You Held Your Math Program Accountable for Long-Lasting Impact?

MIND Research Institute

Educational programs are not being held accountable for long-term impact. This makes it especially challenging for education leaders to make wise choices, and it inhibits innovation and continuous improvement by program developers. The Rise of the School Grants Program.

Yet another campus sacrifices the queen

Bryan Alexander

The College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York) announced ( pdf ) it would cut academic programs and faculty, in yet another example of what I’ve been calling a queen sacrifice. Twenty-seven programs will be ended. A dozen of those to-be-closed programs have no students.

Over 25 Ideas for eLearning… Inclement Weather and Snow Day Make Up

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In fact, this winter has prompted some school districts to look at their e-leaning programs and ask the question, “Can the day be made up using eLearning and the internet?” Gather input from all district stakeholders including educators, parents, and students beforehand.

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OPINION: When less-affluent families pay too much for child care

The Hechinger Report

I examined how the price that parents pay is influenced by the age of the child, region of the country, parental education, parental income and hours of attendance. Higher Education. He was the founding director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S.

A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

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For those at the forefront of digital integration at Vancouver Public Schools, it was frustrating to turn away new resources when they lacked a process for proper vetting, evaluation, and implementation.