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November 30, 2016

10 Ways to Use Quality Digital Curriculum

Evidence of deeper learning outcomes as a result of digital learning continues to fuel school and district support, so here are 10 ways a district can deploy a high-quality digital curriculum.

March 22, 2016

Shift To Digital: Classroom 'Look Fors'

The most important things to look for as evidence of the shift to blended and personalized learning are in the classroom. Statements of vision and system strategies, but the bottom line is how teachers and learners experience the change.

January 25, 2016

Literacy Design Collaborative Boosts Student and Teacher Learning

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.

November 05, 2015

The Shift to Digital Learning: 10 Benefits

Digital learning is changing the world. It is connecting billions of young people to the idea economy. It is improving working conditions and career opportunities for educators. There are seven benefits of digital learning that are changing the opportunity set for teachers and three additional benefits that are proving to be game changers for educators.

September 21, 2015

Corporate Support for Coding

Corporate support for coding is growing. This is the story of Grant Smith, who worked in Silicon Valley and who is now creating curricula, strategies and processes for teaching coding in Phoenix and Park City. It's great that Silicon Valley funders are pouring millions of dollars into learning-to-code organizations but ongoing professional development and supports are still needed.

June 10, 2015

Declara: Smart Natural Workflow Learning

Leading adaptive platforms like Fishtree and Realizeit, make it easy to create competency-based systems full of little assessment gateways that ensure progress based on demonstrated proficiency. Declara takes a very different approach to personalization, it auto-generates ontologies rather than relying on engineered sequences. Core features include content collections, curation, annotation and measures of content efficacy, and collaboration.

January 07, 2015

Next-Gen Learning in Brooklyn

In the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, Next Generation Learning Challenge grantee Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB) is personalizing learning for low-income students. Using their custom learning management system, the Brooklyn LAB team is generating actionable evidence that serves and informs both teaching and learning.

December 02, 2014

Ed-Tech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand

Successful implementation should start with a vision and a core focus that is aligned to a strategic plan with the ultimate goal of impacting student success. This involves bringing key stakeholders to the table who serve in vital roles to all areas of implementations, ensuring the blending of support.

November 06, 2014

Elevating and Empowering World Language Teachers

A Getting Smart paper produced in partnership with Rosetta Stone, explores the potential of world language educators to lead the shift to school and district-wide blended, competency-based, deeper learning models. A follow-up to "The Next Generation of World Language Learning."

November 05, 2014

Next-Gen Schools That Are Leading the Way

A new Getting Smart paper tells the stories of schools across the country that are dedicated to creating a next-gen learning environment that sets high expectations for college readiness, personalizes learning for all students, and is optimized for scale.

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