Learn Next: A Toolbox for Educators to Transform Practice

Every student deserves access to powerful learning experiences – experiences that help them develop agency, grow their skills and expand their curiosities. Many schools are shifting their practices to be more student-centered in hopes of ultimately developing these qualities in students. We know in transformative environments that the learning and facilitation looks very different. This Read more about Learn Next: A Toolbox for Educators to Transform Practice[…]

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ISTE Announces New Computational Thinking Standards for All Educators

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has announced its new ISTE Standards for Educators: Computational Thinking Competencies (CT Competencies). CT Competencies focus on the knowledge, skills and mindset needed to bring computational thinking to all K-12 content areas and are designed for all educators, including those who are new to computer science. The Read more about ISTE Announces New Computational Thinking Standards for All Educators[…]

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Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Work and Learning

Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) technology have already begun to revolutionize countless fields. Education is no exception. Tom Vander Ark recently authored a report, “Ask About AI: The Future of Work and Learning“ and released it via Getting Smart, the digital consulting firm he started. The following mark five important takeaways on how AI will Read more about Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Work and Learning[…]

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Three States Tried Micro-Credentials for Teachers: What they Learned

As state education agencies acknowledge, promote, and support the importance of professional development, they continue to search for effective professional learning opportunities for teachers. Micro-credentials—among the newer professional development methods—allow teachers to learn and demonstrate competency in bite-sized elements of instruction. Each micro-credential addresses a discrete set of educational practices. Educators can then weave these Read more about Three States Tried Micro-Credentials for Teachers: What they Learned[…]

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Personalization, Individualization and Differentiation

eSchool News recently published articles by Amanda Stedke and Gene Kerns, discussing the definitions and differences among personalization, individualization, and differentiation. The pieces cut right to the heart of the issue by noting that most of us struggle to clearly delineate differentiation, individualization, and personalization. This struggle for a definition poses a larger question: If Read more about Personalization, Individualization and Differentiation[…]

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Eight Lessons Learned From Piloting the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach

For the last 18 months, the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the Department, has been working with Mathematica Policy Research and SRI International to build the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach (the RCE Coach). The RCE Coach is a free, open-source, Read more about Eight Lessons Learned From Piloting the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach[…]

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New ISTE Technology Standards

Since technology in classrooms looks very different from almost a decade ago when ISTE last released its standards for teachers, the organization has released newly updated ISTE Standards for Educators. The Standards are designed to support educators with a framework for learning, teaching and leading amplified by technology. There are seven standards, each supported by Read more about New ISTE Technology Standards[…]

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10 New & Innovative EdTech Products Announced at ISTE 2017

Getting Smart’s Catherine Wedgwood reviewed the new products and ideas introduced at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 conference.  From virtual reality to boosting reading engagement, the Getting Smart team has compiled a list of the ten most innovative products, listed below in no particular order:    VR Learn by Veative Labs    Soundtrap Read more about 10 New & Innovative EdTech Products Announced at ISTE 2017[…]

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Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance. A growing body of evidence stresses the need for the research community, educators, and education technology developers Read more about Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom[…]

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Agile in Education

There is a new movement in education called the Agile Schools Movement. The approach models classroom instruction and school reform itself on the principles of Agile software development and related methods like Lean, Kanban, and Scrum. Agile in Education is not about the use of technology products and services. Instead, the focus is on the Read more about Agile in Education[…]

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Facebook Helps Develop Software that puts Students in Charge of their Lesson Plans

Recently, Natasha Singer and Mike Isaac reported for The New York Times on Facebook’s new personalized learning platform. An excerpt of the article appears below: Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship. Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned Read more about Facebook Helps Develop Software that puts Students in Charge of their Lesson Plans[…]

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Most Likely to Succeed

David Brooks, an op-ed writer for the New York Times, examines the new documentary, Most Likely to Succeed and analyzes the claims it makes about the current state of the American Education system: Greg Whiteley’s documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, argues that the American school system is ultimately built on a Prussian model designed over Read more about Most Likely to Succeed[…]

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A High School Student on Education Reform

Jonah Steele is a current high school student, writing on Medium about the current debate over education reform. He laments the fact that students do not seem to have any input, or at least are not taken seriously, in this debate. Mr. Steele states: Regardless of how many times you’ve watched a TED talk pop Read more about A High School Student on Education Reform[…]

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Teachers Speak Out on Education Reform and Use of Technology

A recent survey by the Association of American Educators asked its members about how they felt about education reform. The survey asked its members about current issues in education including School Choice, Virtual Education and Technology, Testing and Assessments, Teacher Preparation and Leadership, and the 2016 Presidential Election. The results were surprising: The organization’s 2016 Read more about Teachers Speak Out on Education Reform and Use of Technology[…]

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The Newest from Project Tomorrow: Trends in Digital Learning

Project Tomorrow’s Trends in Digital Learning report focuses on how innovative classroom models empower more engaging and purposeful learning environments for students and teachers. The report examines both the desired student achievements and the strategic use of digital tools, content and resources to understand, from the perspective of the students, teachers and administrators on the Read more about The Newest from Project Tomorrow: Trends in Digital Learning[…]

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Ed Week Special Report on Transforming Teachers’ Roles

A new Education Week special report explores the growing interest among many educators and school leaders in altering the conventional understandings around what teachers do. In particular, it looks at the ways districts, schools, and teachers themselves are transforming teachers’ positions—and the types of supports available to them—in order to drive organizational change, build capacity, Read more about Ed Week Special Report on Transforming Teachers’ Roles[…]

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