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February 22, 2016

Intelligence Unleashed: How Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Education

'Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for AI in Education' is a new report from Pearson and the UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London.

February 08, 2016

12 On-Ramps for Personalized and Competency-Based Learning

It is challenging and controversial to convert an entire school system to a personalized and competency-based approach but you don't have to do it all at once. These dozen entry points provide places to start with limited investment and risk. With a few working examples in place, it creates local reference points and field trip opportunities.

January 19, 2016

Soon Devices Will Matter Less, In the Meantime Prioritize

There's no doubt that we have more devices in schools these days, but the bad news is there are often many different types, on different operating systems, with no real "plan" on how to effectively use them in classrooms. In this post, Scott Ellis of The Learning Accelerator shares five observations about the journey of innovation and what EdLeaders can do when they discover an EdTech mess.

December 01, 2015

School Networks Scale Innovation

By matching design, technology, professional learning, networks can provide a short cut to coherence and performance. Networks providing relevant services at a competitive price continue to grow in size and impact. Networks like New Tech Network are growing by using a combination of three strategies.

November 25, 2015

8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve Education

Machine learning, an effort to program computers to identify patterns in data to inform algorithms that can make data-driven predictions or decisions is changing how we learn. Students, parents and advisors will make more decisions about learning pathways but those decisions will be nudged and guided by informed recommendations. In the coming year, every faculty should discuss the coming impact of big data--and ask students to do the same.

November 16, 2015

Exponential Technology: Everything is Closer Than it Appears

Exponential technologies have created eight opportunities for operators, Edupreneurs, and investors. Taking full advantage of these eight opportunities requires an improved learning infrastructure, a combination of industry standards, new state policies, and a few new tools.

October 26, 2015

2020 Vision: A History of the Future

Written in past tense, 2020 Vision: A History of the Future is 440 pages of time travel into a best case scenario of how the next five years could be transformational for global learning. Organized around 10 signpost developments, each of the well designed chapters includes a problem statement and a list of solutions, profiles of GSV investees and sector leaders.

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.

September 10, 2015

Engagement Templates: Six Ways to Structure Learning Experiences

There appear to be six basic strategies for capturing engagement and initiating a learning cycle. These six engagement templates progress from instructor- and content-centric to learner-centric. Teachers might call these lesson plan templates, but with the expanding array of professional and informal learning this is an attempt to build a broader framework applicable to impact games, meetings, conference sessions, open resources, and professional development.

August 30, 2015

Getting Smart Podcast: Rethinking Educator Professional Development With Micro-Credentials

In this podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Jennifer Kabaker, director of educator micro-credentials at Digital Promise and Jason Lange, Bloomboard CEO, to talk specifics about what micro-credentials look like, how research can be used to support personalization of teacher development, and why this will impact the future of educator development.

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