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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.

April 07, 2014

How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs

The local NPR station ran a great story by America Abroad Media (@America_Abroad) about how government helps and harms entrepreneurs (available on iTunes). Interest in job creation and the growth in the number of incubators makes this a timely topic.

March 24, 2014

Barber on the Future of Education

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education commissioned the Brightlines team led by Sir Michael Barber to consider the future of education in Massachusetts. The New Opportunity to Lead is a comprehensive 120-page report that sets out an agenda for the next 20 years, beyond the Common Core and standards-based reform.

March 13, 2014

Almost Half The States Improved Digital Learning Policies in 2013

The nation's digital learning health is improving. A new report card out today shows that 473 bills were introduced last year and 132 were enacted resulting in 22 states improving their grade on the 2013 Digital Learning Report Cards.

March 10, 2014

A Dozen Reasons Education Can't Innovate; A Dozens Ways That's Changing

Formal education (P-20) doesn't change much. Compared to other sectors, there is little innovation and weak innovation diffusion. There are at least a dozen reasons for the stasis.

February 19, 2014

Eight Principles of Productive Gamification

Using games to promote learning isn't a new idea. But the widespread use of game-based adaptive learning systems, the explosion of mobile-learning applications, and the growing use of game-based strategies makes gamification one of the most important education trends of this decade.

February 06, 2014

Signaling Job Readiness: Degrees Decline in Value, Alternatives Emerge

"In the new world the learner will be in the driver's seat, with a keen eye trained on value." That was the conclusion of Pearson's senior academic team who said "an avalanche is coming" to higher education. Chief Education Advisor Sir Michael Barber and his colleagues Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi released a report last year that outlined this problem statement for higher education:

January 13, 2014

Literacy Design Collaborative Launches CoreTools

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are the most important professional development trend and development in education. They embody many of the broader adult learning trends: interest-driven, high engagement, flexible, and social. There are PLCs for teachers by level and discipline, PLCs for teachers in districts and networks, PLCs for principals—and even PLCs for specific tasks like aligning texts to the Common Core.

January 08, 2014

10 Platform Axioms

These may be short of axioms, but if you're building (or buying) a learning platform, these are 10 pretty good planning assumptions.

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