RFP for North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) - "Identity and Access Management Managed Service for the North Carolina Education Cloud". (In particular under Section VII - Terms and Conditions and ...
"Thinking Blocks is a series of free iPad apps based on the web tool of the same name. The apps are designed to help students develop models of word problems. In each of the apps students create block models to work through a series of progressively more difficult word problems. As students work through the problems they are provided with feedback as to whether or not they are using the correct sequence to solve each problem. There are templates and problems for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and ratios. You can find links to all of the apps on the Thinking Blocks site."
Via John Evans
We need to have higher expectations for ourselves as educators, parents, and policymakers; and we need to have higher expectations for our students -- they will meet the bar wherever it is set. To address this challenge we must revolutionize what we teach, how we teach and how we measure the results. Fundamental and rapid change is necessary -- now, not sometime in the future. Solving our nation's education crisis will take commitment and investment in proven approaches to project-based learning. We have to convert our thinking from maximizing content coverage and "teaching to the test" to using methods that help students understand the applications of what they learn. ===> We must help students develop problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills -- skills that will prepare them to compete in the global economy. <===
Via Gianfranco D'Aversa
Miro Kazakoff, CEO of Testive, an edtech company focused on adaptive technologies and personalized learning, posted on Xconomy today. He declared that “it’s bubble time in education technology” as more investments flow into the space. Kazakoff cautions that few fortunes have been made in edtech and cautions about growing hype. He laid out what he sees as both traps and opportunities in the industry.
Selling tech to school districts – it takes too long and is difficult to scale, plus it is hard to experiment and make tweaks Selling complex software to school districts – (self-explanatory) Selling to consumers without being able to prove measurable outcomes – if students are going to shell out money for a learning experience, you need to be able to show that it is effective Opportunities included:
Selling districts improved versions of tech they already buy – he listed BloomBoard, Matchbox, and EverTrue as startups doing just that Targeting students and teachers first – get into districts by getting teachers and students to test new tools and adopt new tech first – he cites Edmodo, Quizlet, and Socrative as clever startups taking this approach Selling simpler software that only requires a single buyer – avoid complex software! Sell direct to consumers if you can prove clear outcomes – people will pay for edtech tools and software if there are measurable outcomes; he notes test prep is a perfect example of being able to see the benefits of money spent
Tom Whitby, in one of his recent posts, he wrote “If we are educating our children to live and thrive in their world, we cannot limit them to what we were limited to in our world. As things change and evolve, so must education. As educators we have a professional obligation to change as well. We must retain a sense of relevance and that requires effort. Relevance does not come to us as we sleep in the night. Educators need to employ the very skills they are passing along to their students. They need to: curate, collaborate, communicate, critically think, and create
Excerpt from article written and curated by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia: "Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.
Enormous progress has been made since the early days of the first news curation tools to what is available today, but yet, I feel we have only barely scratched the surface.
To illustrate what I expect to see on this front, here is a panoramic tour of the traits, features, patterns and trends that I expect will characterize the future of digital content curation tools, organized into specific feature areas.
1) Display Formats of Curated Content Collections The first area in which I expect to see lots of improvement and innovative ideas is the one of how a curated collection or stream can be displayed to the user. This is one of the most underestimated and underutilized areas of improvement for content curation tools.
2) Slicing and Dicing Some of the present-day content curation tools, including Scoop.it, Spundge and several others, do allow you to tag and filter content but none provides a direct facility to easily create sub-sets that gather together collection items with the same characteristics.
3) Micro - Macro One other badly needed feature, that I hope will see its way in some of the leading content curation tools, is the ability to instantly switch from a bird’s eye view of a topic to the detailed view of a specific information item.
4) Recurate Another area that offers great opportunities for innovation and for the introduction of new useful features is the one covering the ability to assess, managing inventories, organize and curate one’s own existing assets.
5) News Discovery The main problem with news discovery arises from the fact that quality filters and algorithms capable of both fully understanding the topic of interest, not just by way of a keyword or a hashtag but by semantic inference, and capable of identifying the relevant sources among so many noise-making content marketers reposting other people stuff, are not easy to build. The best way to uncover, identify and identify new quality sources and content items may be to employ a balanced mix of automated search filters augmented by human curators that can supervise, edit, refine and improve on what is gathered by the algos.
6) Ownership The main benefit offered by content curation platforms that require you to curate and publish first via their systems (Scoop.it, Pinterest, etc.) is that they provide you with an existing broad audience readily interested in your content. For someone just starting out online, this can be a huge booster. The con side of the equation is that your rights on what you have curated as well as the physical ownership of that content is not under your control anymore. And for those already having good visibility and reputation online, this may not be the most attractive proposition.
7) Credit and Attribution For professional curators the need to properly and systematically credit and attribute the content and sources utilized is not a secondary matter. Discovery of new interesting content is at the heart of the curator job, and facilitating the exchange on meta-data that provides credit and hints as to who has been of help in discovering something will increasingly be a highly valued activity..."
Creating digital learning content has never been easier. In these pages you'll find eleven tools that make it fun to bring together different types of digital media - text, images, audio, video - to "mash up" your own online learning materials.