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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Charter Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Canvas Adds Assessment Tools, Wants to Help End The Big Test

In April, Instructure acquired MasteryConnect, a leader in formative assessment. Tom explains why this may mark the beginning of the end of standardized testing.

How $5 Billion Could Provide a Great Education for Every Kid on Earth

From developing more early college high schools to supporting the development and expansion of innovative platform networks, learn more as Tom outlines a plan using 15 investment and strategy opportunities, totaling $5 billion, to provide a great education for every child.

Minerva’s Innovative Platform Makes High Quality Higher Ed Personal and Affordable

Minerva shares that its Forum platform, which supports real-time, synchronous seminars, will be available to other programs and serve up to 400 students simultaneously. With the intent of forming partnerships, Minerva is driven to support new pathways to earn a degree and certification.

Contribution: Schools Alive with Possibility

Tom Vander Ark discusses the importance of schools providing a focus on contribution through challenges and design thinking. Students have the power to address real-world problems as they embrace complexities associated with the future of work and contribute to their community.

AI Family Challenge Introduces Artificial Intelligence, Encourages Problem Solving

With the desire to empower underrepresented youth through STEM learning, Tara Chklovski launched nonprofit Iridescent. This led to the launch of a global competition, Technovation and AI Family Challenge where families learn about AI and use it to solve a problem in their community

A Proposal to End Standardized Testing

Standardized testing and its lack of integration with formative measures, continues to receive backlash as we continue the shift to digital learning. Tom Vander Ark shares an approach on how states can develop better systems and the power of diploma networks to accurately capture whole student growth and achievement.
Students working on projects in nuvu's Studio-based learning laboratory, which resembles an open-air loft

Studio-Based Learning and Self-Directed Students at NuVu

Learn more about how NuVu, an innovation school located in Massachusetts, implements a studio-based learning model that provides students the opportunity to problem-solve through creating and building.