New tools and schools make clear the potential for innovation. New ways to personalize learning, encourage more student agency, and extend the reach of great teachers signal the potential for step function improvement in outcomes (i.e., a much larger percentage of young people career and citizenship ready).
In 2011, with over a million resources online, Alex Grodd and Erin Osborn, BetterLesson Co-Founders, noticed that a relatively small percentage of teachers accounted for a large percentage of all lessons downloaded on the curriculum sharing website. For the 300,000 teacher users, it was apparent that they were looking for quality more than quantity--most teachers prefer a couple of vetted links to 500 responses to a search.
Last week I suggested that more than readiness, high school students should actually experience success in what's next so they are able to plan next steps with knowledge and confidence. Reading with comprehension, writing with clarity, and versatility in problem solving are critically important skills and are assessed in classrooms and increasingly by state tests. But secondary education is a period where young people are beginning to understand who they are and what they could become.
Vander Ark reviews "BLENDED: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools" and discusses with authors Michael Horn and Heather Staker.
By 2020 I'm confident the learning landscape will dramatically improve. Here are 10 successes, 10 LX attributes and 10 system attributes that will make up next gen learning.
The Communications Act of 1934 still governs telecommunications in America and while updated periodically, it has not been modernized in 18 years. From phones to television to technology that hadn't previously existed, a lot has changed but dated regulations continue to view the communications sector in silos for distinct services.
In a back to school meeting last week, a 5th year teacher had a "Who Moved My Cheese" moment over the loss of her desk due to a shift to blended learning.
Let's drop the debating and move to a more inclusive discussion on how relationships, partnerships, technology, and new strategic instructional models can make teaching and learning more effective and efficient for all.
Here are 5 EdTech trends recently discussed with teachers and education providers.
While more than 90 percent of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). It is time to develop better and cheaper learning options.