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Ann McMullan, Educational Technology Consultant — Friday, June 26, 2015
As I travel across the U.S. and internationally I hear and see many common challenges in ramping up K-12 education systems to truly meet the needs of all K-12 students and provide them with the knowledge and skills that are critical for their futures.
- The need for change which leverages and maximizes the power for learning that access to digital media provides
- Effectively implementing that change
- The need for vendors to assist their school clients in all phases of implementing new technologies
Mike Collins, Director of Business Development, Applied Educational Systems (AES) — Friday, June 12, 2015
There is one trend in education that I truly believe can have a great impact on our educational system: blended learning. Both educators and the businesses that serve educators need to embrace blended learning in order to improve education in this country. Improving education in the U.S. is simply an imperative in today’s global economy.
Why is blended learning so important?
- Blended learning improves student engagement.
- Blended learning improves the retention of information.
- Blended learning better serves a wider variety of students.
BLEgroup — Friday, May 29, 2015
Through our vetted assessment and planning work we have identified the challenges and potential solutions needed to support smaller school systems. This article outlines five concrete components critical to the success of smaller districts, recognizing that the major factors of the transition from print to digitally-delivered education are organizational, including managed change, policies, funding, sustainability, and systematic implementation.
- Knowledge of Availability and Quality of Digital Educational Materials
- Lack of Integrated Management Systems
- Need for IT Organizations That Address Both Instruction and Technology
- Inadequate Effective Professional Development for Teachers
- Effective Procurement Processes for Digital Materials Linked to a Cost-Effective Cloud Repository System for Materials
Dr. Julie Carter, Co-Founder and CEO, and Rob Dickson, Co-Founder and President, GreyEd Solutions — Friday, March 20, 2015
The quality of implementation is one of the most critical components to the success of any rollout. Having experienced implementations firsthand from both the school side and the vendor side, there are clear commonalities as we review successful rollouts. The components most evident in these successful implementations include:
- Establishing a vision embedded in teaching and learning
- Starting small and going slow to go fast
- Building your supports—expanding your kitchen
- Leveraging your connections—not reinventing the wheel
- Telling your story
Eliot Levinson, CEO of BLEgroup — Friday, February 27, 2015
This article on procurement is a summary of a panel presentation Eliot Levinson, CEO of BLEgroup, coordinated at the CELT Summit on Procurement and Implementation. Hear a variety of approaches that the following leading-edge education decision-makers are using to address procurement and implementation of digital content:
- Jeff Mao, Senior Director of Learning Solutions, Common Sense Education, and former Director of MLTI in Maine
- Amy Creeden, Director of the Race to the Top Grant in Middletown, New York
- Sheryl Abshire, CIO, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, and former member of the E-rate board
- Manuel Isquierdo, former Superintendent, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona Read More »
- Time to move beyond the innovators and engage the masses.
- Technology ecosystem is more accessible.
- Leveraging combined knowledge and understanding will benefit all.
- Personalized learning creates an opportunity to break away from traditional assessments.
- Formative assessment provides a constant and consistent flow of information about individual student progress toward standards-based, personal learning targets.
- Providing teachers with highly specific learning data for each child through formative assessment teacher tools is what accelerates learning. Read More »
- Teacher burnout is real.
- It impacts schools every day.
- It is imperative to remember: this is a solvable challenge.
- Assessment drives instruction.
- Don't stick to just one type of content.
- Offer some freebies.
- Just get started.
Colin Wood, Founder and CEO, Verso Learning — Friday, January 23, 2015
Up until now, integrations among LMS vendors, content providers, and student information systems have typically been technical in nature and often taken place in response to tender opportunities or individual client requests. What if these integrations weren’t reactive and limited to technical capability but were instead more proactive and creative? Can we collaborate as an industry to combine our individual solutions, allowing an outcome greater than the sum of its parts?
Reasons why now might be a good time to explore this idea:
Kari M. Arfstrom, Ph.D. — Friday, December 05, 2014
With changes in hardware and performance drastically changing at a rate of months, not years, why do we still refer to groupings of birth years, or generations, as roughly 18 years? These generational time frames need to be revisited, particularly by K-12 education companies, in light of the speed of current technological and societal changes. With demographic planning, K-12 companies can look to the future with reliable accuracy for product development, marketing, and delivery. Read More »
Dr. Sally I’Anson, Director of Professional Development, Interactive Achievement — Friday, November 21, 2014
The notion of personalizing education would have been laughable to those who started our American schools and most unwanted by immigrant parents a hundred years ago. Through research, we have learned a great deal about what makes teachers and schools excellent. Perhaps the confluence of education technology and increasing expectations for student learning to support a shifting economy have created the drive for personalized learning.
Andrew McRae, KIPP: Tulsa College Preparatory — Friday, November 07, 2014
Paula Rogers, Title I Reading and Math Specialist, Langdon Area (ND) Schools — Friday, October 10, 2014
As the Title I teacher for at-risk students in my district, I’ve seen firsthand how once low-achieving students can come alive with a teaching style and instructional tools that click with them. The ed tech industry has done a great job thus far in helping teachers move beyond that “Sage on Stage” to more interaction with students. But there’s so much more support we need from ed tech companies to support teachers in truly engaging students and having them increase their learning and their confidence.
Here are just a few: