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The Shift From Cohorts to Competency - Digital Learning Now

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:18 PM

What would happen if education shifted away from the cohort system that is used to one based on competency? This report looks at this issue in depth. The page that is linked to includes a full report, an executive summary, a link to the infographic (of which part is shown here), and a link to download the infographic. 

Perhaps the first question to ask is what is competency education? 

"CompetencyWorks defines competency education as a system of education, often referred to as proficiency or mastery based, in which students advance upon mastery. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. Assessment is meaningful and serves as a positive learning experience for students. Students receive timely, differentiated support tailored to their individual learning needs. Learning outcomes include the application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions."

For a quick overview check out the infographic, which discusses:

* Why Competency?
* What's Wrong with the Current System?

* 10 Design Choices

* 10 New Capabilities of a Competency-Aligned System

* What Does Competency Education Mean for Students?

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Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics?

Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics? | social media and digital marketing | Scoop.it

"The causes of dyslexia—the disorder that makes reading excruciatingly difficult for about one in twenty school-aged children—have remained frustratingly elusive, as has anything resembling a cure. Training programs for dyslexics have proven effective at improving certain parts of the reading process, such as phonological awareness and auditory perception."

This article discusses some of the new research on dyslixia. Links are provided in the article, and two that you may want check are listed below.

New Font Helps Dyslexics Read: 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/media/inline/partner/new-font-helps-dyslexics-read.pdf and

Extra-Large Letter Spacing Improves Reading in Dyslexia:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/05/29/1205566109.full.pdf?with-ds=yes 


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Interesting Infographics: ‘The Flipped Classroom’ and ‘Blended Learning’

Interesting Infographics: ‘The Flipped Classroom’ and ‘Blended Learning’ | social media and digital marketing | Scoop.it

A nice infographic about Flipped Classrooms


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Digital Divides and Bridges: Technology Use Among Youth

Amanda Lenhart spoke to the “Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents” conference at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pen...

Amanda focused on bringing together data that highlights the demographic differences among groups of youth in their adoption, use and experiences with technology and social media. While such data may have illustrated what was called a “digital divide” in the past, it now highlights a variety of digital differences among groups of youth. This talk brings together data previously shared in a variety of reports on youth as well as some new analysis.


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