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January 11, 2016

How Project-Based Learning Prepares Youth for Freelance Nation

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?

December 21, 2015

10 Tips for Developing Student Agency

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.

December 16, 2015

Bay Blends Advance Personalized Learning

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.

December 15, 2015

Education for Change: Turning Around Oakland

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.

November 12, 2015

Smart Cities Need Great Schools, The Best Antidote to Poverty

Healthy learning ecosystems are critical for equity and opportunity. In a meeting with Missouri charter school leaders we discussed critical elements of learning ecosystems. Here are seven standout elements for creating environments, that are important when creating great schools, the best long term antidote to the cycle of poverty.

November 09, 2015

The Perks of Personalized Pathways and Playlists

The most exciting aspect of personalized learning playlists is how easy it is to share or build them with colleagues anywhere in the world. Teachers gain opportunities to learn new approaches from others and be more productive by spending less time building and more time adapting and implementing. By giving students relevant learning activities and letting them choose which works best for them based on preference, learning style, and individual goals, students are motivated to take control of their own learning.

October 28, 2015

Next Generation K-12: 10 Implications for HigherEd

HigherEd institutions will need to enable a bundled multi-provider experience (or risk becoming part-time providers), focus on employability skills and experiences, and take learner experience much more seriously. Here are 10 implications for HigherEd; some directly as a result of next-gen models, some resulting from next-gen policies, some from EdTech and consumer variables impacting both K-12 and HigherEd.

October 23, 2015

Assessment for Learning Project

The National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with NGLC, announced a new program of work called the Assessment for Learning Project. The project addresses three limitations of our current system: we don't measure enough of the right things, we don't measure in ways that enhance teaching and learning, and we don't engage educators.

October 22, 2015

Grant-Beacon Middle School Builds Character, Extends and Blends Learning

Three elements have served as the pillars of work for Grant-Beacon Middle School as they sought to change what learning looked liked for their students: blended learning, extended learning opportunities, and charter development. This southeast Denver middle school serves 460 students, predominantly of color, 85% live in/near poverty and 40% are English language learners.

October 15, 2015

LearnZillion Aligns Dream Team Content with Assessment and Professional Development

As an open, cloud-based curriculum, what's different about LearnZillion? The teacher created curriculum is open and online with assessment and professional learning experiences created to support it. With the central premise being that core curriculum is driven by teachers.

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