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September 16, 2014

Better than Prep: Experiencing Success In What's Next

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.

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.

November 21, 2012

Answers For & Lessons From Critics of Competency-Based Learning

I'm trying to square two things that happened last week. The Nellie Mae Foundation issued a great report called Making Mastery Work: A Close Up View of Competency Education (MMW), a visit to 11 cool schools.

June 28, 2012

ISTE 2012 Wrap Up

After three full days of workshops and sessions, panel discussions and keynote speakers, ISTE 2012 has officially come to a close.

July 10, 2011

Can Badges Offer Viable Alternatives to Standardized Tests for School Evaluation?

Have you ever heard of badges in education? Whenever I hear of badges, I remember being in elementary school and the merit badges that some classmates who were in the Boy Scouts would wear to school. Students in the Boy Scouts were always so proud of their achievements, and being able to show th...


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