Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

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Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment. advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

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

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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.

Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

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A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states. The report defines several different procurement models, including so-called “adoption states,” where decisions are made at the state level, and “local control states,” where districts and local education agencies (LEAs) have more autonomy.

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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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Founded in 2012, ThinkCERCA offers a set of digital tools and lesson plans to help educators teach critical thinking skills across a variety of subjects, including English language arts (ELA), math, social studies and science. This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons. Teachers can choose a lesson in the program, which guides students through a multi-step process to analyze the reading materials and write a response essay.

The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

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Per the study, student participation rates change dramatically from K-8 (where there’s nearly equal participation by gender) to high school (where male students outnumber females by a factor of three). Implicit bias is pervasive and insidious,” the report states.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

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public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

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In 2015, more than 90% of district administrators said instructional tech is important to achieving their core mission of educating students. 63% also believe it increases the relevancy and quality of the instructional materials. The evidence is in.

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The Remix Hypothesis

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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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What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

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To earn these, teachers view the required materials, answer a set of questions, and then submit evidence of impact on practice such as lesson plans, instructional materials, and videos. start reviewing recommended materials or browse the resources.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. Rivera Pichardo for The Hechinger Report. “It They really don’t even tell you to study for it,” Flores said. “We We don’t have that culture of studying for [the SAT].

OPINION: Three ways to help students who switch schools midyear

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Studies show that this is the case for millions of students. This is an interactive Google Fusion map, created by Jill Barshay and Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report.). We think it’s important to let schools pick their own instructional materials based on their needs.

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

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Leave this field empty if you're human: Teachers often spend many hours at night or on weekends searching the internet for good instructional materials – or just good ideas about how to meld online learning into their classrooms.

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Anatomy of a failure: How an XQ Super School flopped

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He explored teacher studies and dabbled in designing educational technology. It was through the MIT social scene that Resnick connected with Duffy, a Somerville native who studied environmental engineering and creative writing.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

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A day late perhaps, but here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: May 1, 2017 Navigation of Computer-Based Tests Matters for Young Students, Study Finds | Education Week → The assertion that neither mode nor UI would lead to different behaviors (and hence inferences) is what should be astounding.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

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They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that OER can be just as effective – or more effective – than commercial materials. material curation and upkeep).

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Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

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We know there is a shortage of quality classroom material that will help educators teach to these standards in the important subject area of science,” said Josh Goldberg, chief strategy officer, Legends of Learning. “We

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

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However, Fox noted the importance of having safe WiFi access, as many students can access WiFi in public places like fast food restaurants that do not provide the safest options for high school students to study at night.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Department of Education recently announced it would miss a key deadline to repeal an Obama administration rule that seeks to hold career-education programs accountable for producing graduates with unmanageable debt,” Inside Higher Ed reports on the latest on " gainful employment." “ Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town,” writes The Hechinger Report. This study says fix unstable housing, not schools.”

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

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The most recent study, quoted by DeVos, concluded that grant program had “no significant impacts on math or reading scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment.” Clearly we need to dig deeper as one analyst suggests , pointing out the limitations of the study.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

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Although students can access WiFi in places like fast food restaurants, many public spaces do not provide the safest options for high school students to study at night. It really truly guides all of the decisions instructionally for our students,” she said.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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Instead of traditional report cards, though, students assemble digital portfolios to show their progress. edWeb Blog edtech Makerspace personalized instruction

Philadelphia Schools Broke, But Thousands of Books Unused

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And just like many other teachers, her students could not take books home to study because there were not enough books to go around, with many that were available in poor condition. He added that those in charge are slowly but surely getting the materials to those who can use them.

Gates Foundation CEO Admits Underestimating Common-Core Challenges

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Teachers around the country also complained that they lacked the instructional materials and professional development necessary to use the standards effectively in their classrooms. . ” The letter goes on to say that all teachers need access to high-quality materials. By Guest Blogger Liana Heitin. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

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This included reading and instruction as it connects to content, research in relationship to inquiry, and student production and how it integrates with voice and choice. any classroom, involves providing reading material for students that they can successfully read and understand.

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials

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The state is reviewing new science instructional materials for the first time in 12 years to help science teachers succeed in teaching students the latest standards. have reported positive impact on their classes. “I

What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

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However, as Politico reported , documents have surfaced showing the Trump administration’s desire to cut an additional $3 billion from the 2017-2018 year budget. Dr. Jennifer House, a former school administrator, and the current president of RedRock Reports, an education budget consulting group, notes that for many district leaders, unexpected cuts to their upcoming school year budgets would be their worst nightmare. “A Get some case studies really fast.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

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When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. We possess full court vision, with knowledge of both the online and offline instructional landscapes.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

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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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Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Text Sets For Social Studies. The School edition offers assessments, standards alignment and the ability to customize instruction. News for Your Classroom : is Scholastic’s free daily magazine complete with kid reporters, video highlights and an archive. current events curriculum instruction lesson plans news technology

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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Hack Education Weekly News

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” “ 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” asks The Hechinger Report. Edsurge reports that NewSchools Venture Fund is running another competition – this one to fund entrepreneurs who build PreK–12 special education apps. ” asks The Hechinger Report. Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. My response to the report.

The Business of Education Technology

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Remind co-founder Brett Kopf was replaced as CEO by Brian Grey, formerly CEO of the Bleacher Report. These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). ” “Taking action,” in this case, meant releasing some case studies and posting a notice on the Federal Register about how a competitive grant program could provide a more “innovative” way to build assessments. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

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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. Study focused on 1. Why haven''t we heard of the Project Red report? Answers: The report has been highly publicized. There are not very many international studies available. OECD just published a study last year on the PISA studies.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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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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