What do you get when 3,000 forward thinking education leaders travel to Disney World? A hot and humid yet cheerful news week at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Between visiting Mickey, attending sessions, recording podcasts at the #VoicesHub and P2P Exchanges we wanted to make sure you stay up to speed in all that is EdTech news.
Blended Schools & Tools
#NextGenHS. The first-ever Summit on Next-Generation High Schools (#NextGenHS) took place yesterday in Washington, D.C. and focused on rethinking the way U.S. high school education is delivered. Attendees were chosen based on information provided on new, specific and measurable steps the organizations were taking to support next-generation high schools. During the Summit the White House announced $375M in funding for next-gen high schools. A few other Summit highlights include:
- Andrew Brennen of the Student Voice movement announced plans for a nationwide tour
- Bob Lenz of The Buck Institute for Education highlighted their work assisting teachers with implementing project based learning (PBL) in the classroom
See our feature for more from the Summit.
— Bob Lenz (@pblbob) November 10, 2015
— Matt Candler (@mcandler) November 10, 2015
— Zak Malamed (@zakmal) November 10, 2015
— ted dintersmith (@dintersmith) November 10, 2015
Now Launching. Planning to start an innovative school next fall? NewSchools has announced Catapult 2016, exclusively for schools that are personalizing learning by rethinking learning experiences, time, talent and technology. Apply by January 11, 2016.
— Catherine Wedgwood (@C_Wedgwood) November 10, 2015
Equitable Access. Between their Blended and Online Learning Symposium and their newly published Course Access: Providing Equitable Access to High-Quality Learning Opportunities, our friends at iNACOL have had a busy week. The report provides the essential elements of a successful program and how course access can addresses quality and equity in education.
— Allison Brumley (@AllisonBrumley) November 10, 2015
Time is of the Essence. Short cycle trials create greater opportunity for technology to impact learning. Seeing that potential, Lea(R)n Trials has released a transparent framework that enables phased rapid-cycle evaluation of learning tools. This new method will provide field feedback and allow for productive collaborations between educators, researchers and product developers.
— Bonnie Lathram (@belathram) November 10, 2015
Prep for Success. Award winning i-Ready just got even better this week when Curriculum Associates launched their major enhancement. i-Ready Standards Mastery gives schools real-time insight into student mastery along with instructional recommendations for teachers.
— Jessica Slusser (@Jess_Slusser) November 10, 2015
Dollars & Deals
Smart Assessment. The Center for Innovation in Education and NGLC want to “catalyze new and scale existing innovations in assessment for learning design” with the “Assessment for Learning Project”. $2 Million in grants is up for grabs if you’re an educator that is rethinking the role assessments can play to support Deeper Learning. Applications are due December 10, 2015.
— Caroline Vander Ark (@cvanderark) November 10, 2015
Big Money. Exciting funding announcements happening this week in the world of edtech:
- Schoology, used by more than 12 million users in 130 countries, has raised $32M to increase the scope and power of its education cloud.
- New Profit announced a four-year, $15 M pilot supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will expand nonprofit capacity building efforts.
— Jessica Slusser (@Jess_Slusser) November 10, 2015
Code with C-3PO. No need to travel to a galaxy far far away to get your next lesson in coding. Students will be using “the force” to learn computer science with Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO through a Star Wars-themed online lesson from Code.Org and Disney.
— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe) November 9, 2015
Let’s Get Personalized
Innovative PD. A new micro-credentialing system launched by Digital Promise and Bloomboard will provide teachers an opportunity to personalize their own learning and gain recognition for skills and knowledge. Check out their library of more 100+ micro-credentials.
— BloomBoard (@BloomBoard) November 10, 2015
The Big “D”
For Your Reading Pleasure. This week was marked by the release of several key pieces of research on improving student achievement during the transition to digital.
- Two new reports released by K12 Inc. share how data driven instruction is “changing instructional culture” for many schools and improving academic achievement for students.
- The Gates Foundation also released two reports this week. Teachers Know Best, the second in a series, focuses on market indicators and teacher’s perceptions of digital learning products. Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning looks at how personalized learning affects student achievement.
- ISTE and IMS Global joined the launch party with the release of A New Paradigm for Decision-Making: A district leaders guide to standard-based technology adoption and integration. The resource is meant to support schools as the transition to digital using the IMS Global Interoperability Standards and ISTE Standards.
— Megan Mead (@MegMarMe) November 10, 2015
K12, iNACOL, Curriculum Associates and Buck Institute are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners. Tom is a director of Bloomboard.
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