The story of Arturo Garcia and Laura Flores from Cigarroa High School in San Antonio who when seeking better literacy results turned to Literacy Design Collaborative, an open library of literacy lessons. Little did they know, this decision was one that would change the trajectory of their school.
There's no doubt that we have more devices in schools these days, but the bad news is there are often many different types, on different operating systems, with no real "plan" on how to effectively use them in classrooms. In this post, Scott Ellis of The Learning Accelerator shares five observations about the journey of innovation and what EdLeaders can do when they discover an EdTech mess.
Some Google execs publish A User Guide To Me to aid collaboration. Some learners in San Francisco share letters with their teachers about their learning preferences. Tom shares these tips and seven more on how to personalize learning.
Young people that decide against the freelance economy and land good jobs with organizations are likely to do most of their work in projects. Other than low skill/low wage tasks, it's quickly becoming a project-based world. What kinds of experiences will prepare young people for a project-based world?
In 'Next Generation Career Pathways: A Manufacturing Case Study' we assert that new career pathways that combine blended learning strategies with work-based experiences can close the manufacturing skills gap. A great next-gen example is GPS Education Partners which operates 15 eastern Wisconsin education centers.
We've reached the point where we are beyond the halfway point in the shift to digital. During this time there are three common problems that schools and districts are facing, a lack of narrative, a coherent change strategy, and a reflection on the mess that some find themselves in today.
With EdTech investment in the United States and abroad reaching record levels in 2015, we look to the new year with 10 predictions that will have BIG implications for learners. This includes better formative assessments, the dominance of Chromebooks and the adoption of micro-credentials.
Student agency may be as important an outcome of schooling as basic skills according to a new Harvard study. "The Influence of Teaching Beyond Standardized Test Scores: Engagement, Mindsets, and Agency" makes 10 suggestions for teaching.
After visiting seven Bay Area schools from our elementary and secondary schools worth visiting lists we believe that when it comes to innovation, the Bay Area is a great place to see a wide range of schools doing great things. We were inspired to see options like design thinking models that challenge traditional school and innovative project-based learning strategies.
Using points, badges and levels to track progress, students at Epic in Oakland embark on their own "Hero's Journey" in an innovative blended middle school with a game-base UI. Epic's curriculum features design thinking workshops, while there is a makerspace provided for students to build.