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Are these preschools changing the future?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:00:30 +0000

(image) Since 2008, Utah has given its families an alternative to preschool called Upstart. Developed and administered through a state contract with the Waterford Institute, the Upstart program provides four-year-olds with in-home online curriculum.



Fact or fiction: Devices stunt SEL

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:58 +0000

(image) As more of our lives are consumed with digital technology—social media, texting and smartphones—is it any wonder that our children are growing up with electronic gadgets as companions?



7 tools for global learning you can use right now

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:00:36 +0000

(image) Today's society is mobile and global. Laptops, tablets and smartphones connect users with information in less than a second, and because mobility has increased our connectivity, we've increased our connections with all parts of the world.



Why combining assessments and LMS technology is essential

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:03 +0000

(image) The testing effect, also known as retrieval practice, practice testing, or test-enhanced learning, needs a place in today’s modern learning. It can be implemented in modern learning management system (LMS) technologies to help improve student learning, from their first day in kindergarten to their last day of earning a university degree.



Media specialist: These are “My Tech Essentials” to make students’ voices heard globally

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:10 +0000

(image) Educators today are trying harder than ever to diversify their teaching practices, using a variety of tools and materials, incorporating different learning styles, and also allowing students to have a voice in their learning. At the David C. Barrow Elementary School, we have a project which takes all these things into account.



Teachers: How to use your voice for a positive school culture

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:00:41 +0000

(image) Moving from the classroom into the role of a teacher leader and a coach was a transition, to say the least. I recognized I was credentialed in teaching students English language arts, but didn’t have a credential in communicating effectively with adults. I took workshops and courses on facilitation and coaching, but the idea of being a professional in a learning community who was an effective group member as well as a leader continues to be something I am growing into everyday.



Learn how these model districts implemented personalized learning

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:00:36 +0000

(image) Personalized learning, competency-based learning and dynamic organizational design have shown promising results in school districts across the nation, according to a new report from Education Elements. The third annual Impact Report, Building Capacity for Personalized Learning and More," shares data from specific school districts and highlights the progress each district has made in several areas, with a special emphasis on those districts that have been implementing personalized learning for several years. "As personalized learning grows in popularity, additional voices have emerged that point to the risks associated with it," said Anthony Kim, Founder and CEO of Education Elements. "We are pleased to report that districts who are thoughtful about their implementations and focus on the needs of their communities see a positive impact year-after-year on not only student test scores, but also student engagement, teacher satisfaction, and overall district effectiveness." This year's analysis reveals the cumulative benefits of shifting to student-centered learning environments. According to the report, on the NWEA MAP assessment, given 2-3 times per year, 36,000 students from five districts showed an average growth of 130 percent in reading and 122 percent in math, compared to nationally normed MAP growth targets. In one district, the number of students on target to be college and career ready as measured by the ACT Aspire exam more than doubled. The report shares data from specific districts, highlighting the significant gains each has made, with a special focus on districts that have been implementing personalized learning for several years. In Middletown City School District, N.Y., 65 percent of all Middletown K-8 students hit their reading growth targets--an increase of 21 percent since 2013-2014; 67 percent hit their math growth targets--an increase of 23 percent. In Horry County Schools, S.C. 57 percent of 6-8 students hit reading growth targets, an increase of 7 percent since 2013-2014; 64 percent hit math growth targets, an increase of 17 percent. In Piedmont City School District, Ala., 72 percent of students in grades 3-8 tested on target in reading on the ACT compared to 28 percent in 2014-2015, and 55 percent tested on target in math compared to 35 percent in 2014-2015.



6 ways video technologies are fundamentally shaping education

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:00:20 +0000

(image) Video's impact in K-12 and higher-ed classrooms continues to grow, as educators and students report increases in achievement, engagement and active content creation, according to a new survey from Kaltura. Ninety-nine percent of institutions report they have teachers regularly incorporating video in their curriculum. More than half are using video for student assignments, with 21 percent reporting that more than half of their students actively create video (up from 10 percent in 2016). Seventy-three percent of higher education institutions use video for remote teaching and learning. The survey gathered responses from more than 1,000 educators, administrators, students, IT and media staff, and instructional designers. Ninety-three percent of respondents said they believe video increases students' satisfaction with their learning experience, and 85 percent said it increases student achievement. Seventy percent said they think video increases the sense of affiliation of alumni with the institution and 78 percent said it makes the on-boarding of new employees smoother. Institutions use video for: Classroom showings (70 percent) Supplementary course material (63 percent) Lecture capture (59 percent) Student assignments (59 percent) Recording students practicing in class (54 percent) Flipped classrooms (53 percent) Twenty-six percent of educators who responded to the survey said more than half of the educators in their institutions use video in their classes. Active use of video by students (that is, creating or repurposing video as part of their coursework as opposed to merely watching it passively) is still at an earlier stage. Twenty-one percent of respondents (13 percent of educators) report more than 50 percent of their students are actively using video.



Poll: How has technology impacted the future of work?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:00:16 +0000

(image) A majority of Americans would like to see technology companies take a more active role in improving U.S. education by creating apprenticeship programs and providing more technology resources, according to new data. The new poll from OZY and SurveyMonkey tracks how technology is impacting post-secondary education and the workforce in the U.S. It also gauges how survey participants feel about free public higher education, online learning, classroom teachers, and more. Here are some of the results: What role, if any, would you like to see technology companies play in improving U.S. high schools? Creating apprenticeship programs (57 percent) Providing technology resources in the classroom (50 percent) Supporting teachers' technology use in the classroom (42 percent) Sponsoring charter schools in low-income areas (30 percent) Next page: How many would strongly support free post-secondary education and tax increases to cover the cost? Forty-two percent of those surveyed said they would strongly support the federal government providing free post-secondary education to everyone in the U.S., and 27 percent said they would somewhat support it. Seventeen percent would strongly oppose such a move, and 11 percent would somewhat oppose it. Among those who would support free post-secondary education, 57 percent would be willing to pay increased taxes to cover the cost, and 42 percent would not. It seems support for classroom teachers is strong, because 92 percent of survey participants said they agreed more with the idea that "teachers cannot be replaced by robots because students need human interaction to learning," versus the idea that "robots would be a good replacement for humans as teachers because they are cheaper, unbiased and efficient." Just 6 percent of survey participants agreed with the latter idea. Survey participants were split on the purpose of higher education. Forty-nine percent said higher education's purpose is to teach people how to think, and 49 percent said its purpose is to prepare people for a specific job. Support for online learning is growing, though it trails traditional campus programs--75 percent of those surveyed said there are benefits to traditional, on-campus learning beyond a degree, while 23 percent said online learning is just as good, if not better than, a traditional campus-based program. Fifty-six percent of participants said in the future, most people will need a college degree to be successful in science and technology, while 42 percent said a person's success in science and technology in the future will not be determined by having a college degree. Nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) said they believe computer science and engineering majors best prepare students for the workforce of the future, followed by social sciences (15 percent) and hard sciences such as biology or chemistry (14 percent).



6 grants to support edtech and educational innovation

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:00:02 +0000

(image) When it comes to schools’ and districts’ ability to implement new technology tools and programs, cost and shrinking budgets are consistently identified as top barriers to implementation. And while budget woes won’t improve overnight, schools and districts can boost their available funds with grants that are targeted to different areas of need. Want to shrink the digital gap for low-income students? Do you need more funding to support youth-led community service programs? Or maybe you want to recognize excellence in education innovation. Look no further. We’ve got 6 grant opportunities to meet various levels of funding needs. 1. The 2018 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education recognizes outstanding individuals who have made a difference in education innovation. Each winner receives a gift of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture designed by students from Arizona State University. The Prize will recognize individuals and their efforts to elevate human potential in education in three categories: Pre-K-12, Higher Education, and – new for this year – a Learning Science Research category. Deadline: November 17, 2017 2. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program invites educators to apply for a chance to receive up to $4,000 to support healthy eating and physical activity improvements in their schools. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a for-youth, with-youth program empowering students to create healthy changes nationwide. The largest in-school wellness program was created by the National Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Deadline: November 1, 2017 3. The MLK Day of Service Impact Grant supports K-12 schools around the world that are creating a culture of service school-wide or district-wide where students develop and use 21st Century skills to apply their learning to address the worlds challenges. Deadline: November 10, 2017 4. The Library Awareness Program, from the Penguin Random House Foundation, recognizes public libraries creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community. School libraries serving the capacity of public libraries are also welcome to submit an application. Deadline: April 15, 2018