Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core. Online learning is penetrating school systems nationwide by providing course options and learning experiences where students lack any alternative.

U.S. Senate's ESEA Rewrite Plugs 'Open Educational Resources'

Marketplace K-12

Senate's version of bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Ed-tech Federal Policy Online Learning Open Education educationtechnology elementaryandsecondaryeducationact openeducation

The big jobs of small-town principals

The Hechinger Report

Snyder is the principal of the elementary, middle and high schools in this tiny town in southeastern Colorado. The school district of Cheraw, Colorado, educates 225 students, roughly half of whom transfer in from other districts through the state’s open-enrollment policy.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons, including sloppiness in reporting, bias, and lack of relevance to education policy and practice considerations. Yet, teachers appear skeptical of the effect of more technology use during class time on high school student learning. One can only hope that research on online learning quality is attended to in those debates.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

iPad Basic Training for Teachers

EdTechSandyK

The purposes for this initiative were to give teachers an additional tool for teaching and learning and to familiarize teachers with mobile devices in anticipation of more iPads being purchased for classroom use and a grades 6-12 BYOD program coming in the next school year.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Do online charter schools measure up?

eSchool News

A three-part research study indicates that online charter school performance may be underwhelming. New research offers evidence that online charter schools post weaker academic performance and struggle more to maintain student engagement than their conventional brick-and-mortar peers.

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57.

K–12 Videoconferencing Offers New Opportunities for Understaffed School Districts

EdTech Magazine

Videoconferencing tools and online learning environments may be the answer. . In a recent study conducted by InFocus , AVTechnology and Tech & Learning, only 19 percent of the 201 education technology users surveyed use videoconferencing in their schools. . “K–12

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis.

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Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion. Or better yet, why should we integrate online learning into our classrooms ? Many online resources do not have to be printed, copied, stapled, or hole-punched.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. When they are ready, the students demonstrate their understanding by performing thoughtfully developed tasks that determine how much learning has taken place.

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. Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. 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.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at [link]. Self-determined learning or heutagogy is fast gaining interest from educators around the world interested in an evidence-based approach to learning. Learning Environment.

So That's What I Think About That.

The Web20Classroom

I love the idea of learning and I love to learn. The more involved I get in education through what I do, the more I get to learn. I want to create learning environments for them that allow them to be kids. Social media has done so much for my own personal and professional learning. It is a constant learning, growing and sharing experience. And with the teachers we developed a social media policy that embraced its use in the classroom rather than ban it.

What’s the bottom line on online preschool?

The Hechinger Report

Preschool students at Kruse Elementary School in the Poudre School District in Colorado play at the water table during choice time. In education, there are always a host of programs and policies clamoring for funding. The post What’s the bottom line on online preschool?

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Educators wanted students to engage more and apply their learning in meaningful ways.”.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye the week of March 13, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning | Philly.com → Garnet Valley is a district in the vanguard of a nationwide movement to ditch traditional textbooks for open-source educational resources on the web.

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Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. Elementary schools may also be exploring various types of blended learning.

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding blended learning in particular, the report used a deeply flawed methodology to count and evaluate the blended schools nationwide.

How one tiny town is battling ‘rural brain drain’

The Hechinger Report

According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Public Policy Initiative, 1,350 of the country’s 1,976 non-metro counties have lost population since 2010. Related: Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Long Life of a Data Trail

Graphite Blog

Online IEP programs also fit this description. Examples of services like this include many EdTech products out there, including Edmodo, Remind, ClassDojo, Schoology, most digital text offerings from traditional publishers like Pearson and McGraw Hill, learning programs like Agilix Buzz, and app ecosystems like Amplify tablets, iPads, and Chromebooks. Changes to Terms Over time, a site's policies should change.

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

The Hechinger Report

At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

(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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Foxx , a North Carolina Republican who just won election to her seventh term in Congress, was named on Friday as the new chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce , the main policy-making panel for higher education in the chamber.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Congresswoman Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday that would require academic transcripts to show that a student has violated campus policies involving sexual violence.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frank Brogan, the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State University System from 2013 until retiring this year, has joined the Department of Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development – likely ahead of a nomination to a separate position.” ” “Whatever happened to the promise of online learning ?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” And by “take on,” that means “investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.” ” More on Trump’s proposed immigration policies in the immigration section below. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.”

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

EdTechSandyK

Notes from the Discussion We no longer have to go to school if we want to learn. More info on Harvard online degree programs and certificates. Students can graduate from high school with dual credit then get the rest of their college experience entirely online.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ President Trump is expected today to direct changes to American policy toward Cuba , including by stepping up enforcement of the statutory ban on travel to Cuba for tourism-related purposes and by eliminating an option for Americans to travel to the island for individual people-to-people exchanges outside the auspices of an organized group, according to senior White House officials. (National) Education Politics.

10Q: Steven Anderson

Learning with 'e's

Anderson is known to many in the world of education as a passionate and knowledgeable promoter of social media and technology for learning. He has been a prime mover in some of the most innovative projects for technology supported learning in the past few years. Steven W.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. See you online! Rivers, Executive Director Online Communities of Practice - Are They Worth it?

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