SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

eSchool News

Free tool is intended to support clear understanding of state policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. state and territorial educational technology leaders, has launched of a free online tool to support the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. More important, the data entry can seem pointless when the outcomes aren’t applicable to the students. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

K-12 Schools - Education News

A newly-released report from the Center for American Progress has found that gains are being made in student achievement across numerous reform-oriented states and school districts.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs. K-12 context, individual teacher’s choices about instructional materials are constrained by district and state policy anyway.

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The Remix Hypothesis

iterating toward openness

For several years my colleagues and I have been conducting and reviewing empirical research on the impact on student outcomes when OER are adopted in place of commercial materials. Some studies of OER adoption show essentially no change in student outcomes.

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The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.,

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The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

When teachers leverage technology, learning outcomes improve. In 2015, more than 90% of district administrators said instructional tech is important to achieving their core mission of educating students. Increases the relevancy and quality of the instructional materials (63%).

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Does blended learning allow teachers to use their time more effectively?

The Christensen Institute

” By freeing teachers from some of the activities that typically occupy the bulk of their time—such as lesson planning, grading, and delivering lectures—blended learning should allow teachers to focus more on giving their students other important learning experiences—such as providing students with individualized instruction, coaching students on deeper learning and higher-order thinking, developing students’ noncognitive skills, and mentoring students on their educational goals.

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. The data are now being gathered and they need to be ready for publication on the 2019-2020 state and district report cards. Most schools do not currently collect this kind of information or if they do, they have not had to report it to the public.

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A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

The strongest businesses are those where strong educational outcomes are co-linear with strong financial performance. At a recent panel I moderated alongside Amy Klement of Omidyar Network, Tory Patterson of Owl Ventures, Jennifer Lee of Learn Capital and Esteban Sosnik of Reach Capital we discussed some common themes when it comes to successful companies that drive impactful education outcomes at scale.

OPINION: Eliminating the funding that supports educators? That’s no way to cut the federal budget

The Hechinger Report

The support ranges from help creating and aligning instructional materials or assessment resources to providing social and emotional learning opportunities. That’s no way to cut the federal budget appeared first on The Hechinger Report. The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

iterating toward openness

They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. Hilton’s review of this research suggests that this “same or better” outcome for OER users holds about 93% of the time. material curation and upkeep).

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Anatomy of a failure: How an XQ Super School flopped

The Hechinger Report

As recently as January no one would have predicted such an outcome. And he praised the Powderhouse educators, saying they understood how to individualize instruction for each student. To Duffy, the process and its outcome look different to people all over the community.

When it comes to struggling schools, school choice is no substitute for systemic change

The Hechinger Report

She is using the report as proof that choice is the best answer. using all the tools available: transformational leaders, better teachers, more challenging instruction, and a willingness to dismantle barriers to success. Invest in instruction.

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program

techlearning

NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

A 2016 report funded by the Gates Foundation found that in the U.S. alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Instructional design is experiencing a renaissance. But I’ve come to believe that contemporary instructional design sits at the intersection of three core disciplines: learning science, human-centered design, and digital marketing. To be a good instructional designer, you should steep yourself in the research on learning and teaching.

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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

Nor are they offered insights into how algorithms that determine student outcomes are created. Open source educational software and openly licensed instructional materials present an alternative to the market-driven requirements of commercial technology vendors.

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Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom

eSchool News

The national report, From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations within K-12 education , reveals that in 2010, only 23 percent of surveyed teachers said they used games, compared to 48 percent of those surveyed in 2015.

Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains

techlearning

BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “ Colorado Education Commissioner Rich Crandall announced his resignation Thursday just four-and-a-half months into the job, shocking the state’s education community and roiling the state Department of Education as it embarks on a number of critical initiatives,” Chalkbeat Colorado reports. “ Pearson gets emergency test scoring contract from Tennessee ,” Chalkbeat reports. Via the US News & World Report : “The 2016 U.S.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Why haven''t we heard of the Project Red report? Answers: The report has been highly publicized. Correlation to high outcomes if students are using technology. Now that a market has been created, publishers will step up to provide materials.