Posts by Marie Bjerede
How can gaming for a few hours over the course of two months have such a dramatic impact? The researchers suggest 3 mechanisms that research has shown can have a significant effect.
The shrill divide in the education conversation that pits high test scores against self-direction has created an either-or atmosphere. But students deserve a both-and approach. Students deserve a culture of rigor and intrinsic motivation. Students deserve the opportunity to excel without artificial obstacles.
The education technology discussion is fraught with false dichotomies. One that I find particularly troubling is the false choice between improving test scores and preparing for life and work in the 21st century.
State testing is how we know if students are being educated to the same levels as those in other demographic and socio-economic groups. Marie believes that we must never again allow the poverty-based disparities in education to be unmeasured and ignored.
What a school looks like that prepares students for meaningful, authentic work and meaningful relationships, what we still need to provide our kids for real personalized learning, and how our family promotes this kind of education at home.
As a parent, I demand the right to have my children’s data used by schools, researchers, content providers, and other 3rd parties. My kids deserve no less than for their learning institutions to use every tool possible to improve their education and enhance their learning.
An updated “Administrator’s Guide for Mobile Learning,” which provides guidance, a graphic on how to avoid the most common pitfalls, and first-hand insights from school district technology leaders.
Let’s give testing back the power to enrich and improve learning. And if the role if high-stakes testing is to ensure equity, let’s focus on making the tests equitable. Or are we too addicted to a simplistic view of tests, to causation/correlation fallacies, and to outdated metaphors of school to make abundant access to tests available to all students, parents, and teachers?
What is particularly powerful about the Datapalooza, and indeed the overall approach of the current administration towards open data and innovation, is that it sets audacious goals while fostering an environment for entrepreneurial solutions that together provides the tools to achieve them.
Acton Academy has evolved over time from a few homeschooling families to a one room schoolhouse (well, two rooms now) teaching 37 students in a primary and a middle school with plans for a high school in 2016.