Reading up on the huge surge in funding for uber-personalized learning
Alt.School is a striking example of working out personalization to the n-th degree with the assistance of the most recent edtech support. Now in a private-school model (~$20,000/yr) it may eventually settle down into a workable public school option.
It's not hard to find strong opinions either for or against gaming in academics. This infographic by Pearson has some key data points. Really, 97% of kids today play games regularly? Did this number surprise anyone?
In terms of data gained from gaming, there's a whole new set of privacy questions. As a parent, I'm not sure how much of my child's time I want 'recorded' to be analyzed by a school's teachers and administrators.
Providing computers to public school students is important to California voters, but not as crucial as other factors affecting education, including a more intense focus on math, science and the arts, according to a new poll.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
This survey is shows only 20% of those surveyed support educational technology as a top priority for schools. It shows that a balanced and integrated STEAM (see http://stemtosteam.org/_) approach is seen as a need by many today.
High School exams are very crucial for students’ scores which decide the further studies and career in students’ future. When exams near, high school students panic and get stressed over covering their syllabus.
"While more teachers are using digital games in the classroom, how they decide which games to use and why is less standardized, according to a teacher survey of 694 K-8 teachers by the Games and Learning Publishing Council called Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games. The report finds that teachers learn about games through informal means, such as peers within the school or school district, and could benefit from more explicit training programs. By not having a more formal process, the report finds that “teachers may not be getting exposure to the broader range of pedagogical strategies, resources, and types of games that can enhance and facilitate digital game integration.”
Via John Evans
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I agree. teachers are not getting adequate exposure to curricular options.
If your school doesn’t already collect your smartphones before you go to class, we’re certain that it will start doing so after seeing this new mobile app. Per Engadget, an app called PhotoMath is every math teacher’s worst nightmare come to life as it will solve equations for you just by using your smartphone’s camera. MORE GREAT APPS: This brilliant app will send you a photo of the person who stole your smartphone As you can see in the video posted below, the app uses your camera to scan the p
Even if you're not convinced of the correlation between music and reading performance let's not downplay the enjoyment gained from learning music. Both the student and teacher enjoy the process and if they learn their songs well, their audience will too! My former saxophone teacher told me a few weeks ago to keep playing because its something you can enjoy for a lifetime. I think he's right on that count.
Whether you care most about economic competitiveness, serving special needs and gifted students, or closing the achievement gap, the only metric we should use to evaluate the role of technology in public education is the success of our students.
High school is a crucial time for learners with lots of subjects, homework schedules and tests. Good preparation in subjects like Math, Science and English are essential to ace exams and prepare for competitive exams like SAT and ACT. Online tutors could be a good support in this scenario with their subject knowledge and technological support.
The model — local teachers, aides and administrators working closely with a company that provides “turnkey” management and academic services — is new to the Twin Cities.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
This new hybrid academy is nothing new and proving to give traditional schools a test, now in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. Concerns about "for-profit" enterprises are overshadowed by the success they get with personalized learning and high levels of individualization.
The toolkit is similar to other CA Counties but I liked the resource list that Keeler has compiled here. We have a long ways to go in creating TK classrooms that are this resource-full but we're off to a good start.
"Last week, California made made headlines for a bill that, if passed, could become the nation's most restrictive student data law. Under the bill, which is waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's stamp of approval, there are three components: First, educational sites, apps, and cloud services within schools are prohibited from selling or disclosing personal information about K-12 students. Second, these groups can't use the data for marketing services. Lastly, they are prohibited from creating files on that data."
cPersonalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate. ("@aussietony Personalised learning + Genius Hour + TEDx talks for students.
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