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October 14, 2015

20 Ways Education Will Improve by 2020

From Machine Learning to competency-based models, low-cost options to guidance systems, education will change drastically in the next five years. In general, it's getting easier to learn anything anywhere and it's getting easier to create learning environments that work better for teachers and students. Here are 20 things that education will improve on by 2020.

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.

March 02, 2015

Take A Judo Lesson, Leverage Trends To Make An Impact

Against the backdrop of black swan events, broken politics, and the increasing priority of initiative, here is a recap of relevant trends and judo instructions for impact investors and "edupreneurs" interested in leveraging some of those trends.

November 17, 2014

Ten Ed-Tech Impact Opportunities

There's never been a better time to make a difference. Trends in learning, opportunities in different categories and new pathways in the shift from web to mobile are providing opportunities to create impact.

August 18, 2014

Open Badges Are Unlocking the Emerging Jobs Economy

Badges are a visual representation of demonstrated knowledge, they provide an efficient way for employer groups to signal requirements for job clusters and a way for learners to accumulate and share a growing portfolio of skills.

May 29, 2014

Guiding and Personalizing College and Career Readiness

As families and communities gather to watch students walk across the stage in cap and gown to receive a high school diploma, it is often a time of great celebration. Sadly, according to a new analysis from the NAEP governing board, fewer than 40% of of seniors are prepared for college. Further, many graduate without a clear plan for college or career-ready skills.

May 23, 2014

How States Could Improve Online Options & Save Money

A new paper written by four Stanford Students, in coordination with Digital Learning Now and The Stanford Public Policy Program, outlines a framework for states to solicit and select providers of online and blended learning services. It builds on the innovative Louisiana Course Choice model and "presents a coherent payment mechanism for supplemental courses that incentivizes quality student outcomes and forms the basis for practical and adaptive state level policy."

April 28, 2014

What Would Real Engagement Look Like?

When Preston Smith and I started Rocketship almost 9 years ago, one of the things he really cared about was the relationship between teachers and parents. It had been incredibly important to his success as both a teacher and principal. Preston built an incredibly deep culture of parent engagement at Rocketship with home visits to every family, monthly community meetings, and volunteer time in every classroom.

April 21, 2014

Leveraging the Core Budget to Change America's Schools

Across Reynoldsburg City School District (RCS), personalization of learning is increasingly achieved at the classroom and individual student level through the shift to blended learning. Blended learning requires a fundamental redesign of instructional and organizational models, transforming the core elements of teaching and learning--changing roles, structures, schedules, staffing, and core budgets.

April 17, 2014

A Survey of Performance Assessment and Mastery Tracking Tools

It's testing season and lots of kids are taking multiple choice tests--more online than last year but lots of the same old item types. It's part of a 100 year old 'teach then test' cycle of assessment as a summative activity.

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