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Better Learning Through Real-Time Adaptivity and Artificial Intelligence

Browse to any of your favorite news feeds, and you are likely to run across a piece on how artificial intelligence is changing the way we look at everything. Advances in artificial intelligence, specifically in machine learning and deep learning, hold immense promise for providing better learning opportunities and helping more students and teachers achieve their full potential. These advances allow for real-time adaptivity and will greatly improve the classroom ecosystem. Some of the benefits include:

  1. Leveling of the playing field for all students with applications for every learner
  2. Optimized student learning in a more engaging way, leading to improved persistence and self confidence
  3. An optimized classroom ecosystem that improves both teacher and student performance
  4. Discovery of what works and doesn’t work and the ability to keep learners on a sustainable path of continuous improvement
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Dyslexia: Awareness Is Key to Transforming Lives

Dyslexia is today’s most common learning disability, affecting from five to 20 percent of K-12 students across the nation. That means up to 10 million kids face an uphill battle on a daily basis. In reversing this discouraging life trajectory, awareness alone is a crucial first step. The good news is that, to date, 29 states have recognized the importance of awareness by committing to universal screening for all public school children. Along with these screenings comes an obligation to include professional development. Read More »

Reaffirming Our Commitment to High Quality Digital Content

While educators are inundated with free digital content purported to be appropriate for classroom use, standards-aligned High Quality Digital Content (HQDC) specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access is among the most powerful resources available to school systems seeking to improve equity. Key characteristics of HQDC include:

  • The Capability to Boost the Vocabularies of Young Learners.
  • The Ability to Break Down Barriers To Learning For All Students.
  • The Opportunity to Provide All Students Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Mastery.
  • The Ability to Engage All Students in High-Level Thinking.
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Response to Intervention: This Generation of Data-Fueled Decision Making

Response to Intervention (RTI), the result of commitments in the late 1970s to find better ways to identify and support struggling students, continues to evolve in response to more rigorous standards, concerns about assessment, and the impact of advanced technology. Evolution and innovation go hand-in-hand in this next generation of RTI, with three core areas to explore:

  • Distance
  • Partnership
  • Growth
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Rigor with Balance: Exploring interconnected topics and skills for the mathematics classroom

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for three shifts in the approach to teaching mathematics: a greater focus on fewer topics; more coherence of topics across grades; and increased rigor in math instruction.

Teachers need to know what products are truly successful in developing conceptual understanding when they are implemented with fidelity. Criteria to look for in Instructional Materials:

  • Encourage discussion and discourse.
  • Offer multiple visual models.
  • Offer experiences with all types of each operation.
  • Provide powerful visual tools.
  • Delay the introduction of procedures as described in the CCSSM.
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Advancements in Education Programs, Products, and Policies to Expect in 2017

In 2017, the education industry will see a genesis of several shifts that, if and when they reach their full potential, will “reset” public education as we currently know it. This reset consists of three themes:

  • Equity
  • “Each”
  • Empowerment
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Developing a High-Impact K-12 Literacy Curriculum Strategy: 7 Critical Attributes

Seven attributes can help frame a comprehensive literacy reform initiative across the literacy strands—reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.

  1. Reach to address all learners
  2. Relevance upholds instructional individualization
  3. Results are gained via evidence-based approaches
  4. Responsive tools and platforms drive proficiency
  5. Real-time assessment and monitoring speeds proficiency
  6. Reflective practices integrate literacy in all content areas
  7. Ready teachers optimize success
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Closing the Achievement Gap Now and in the Future

In the educational technology industry, we spend a fair amount of time thinking about how to teach students—and with good reason. However, what if we spent an equal amount of time thinking about how to best engage them in deliberate practice? The characteristics of effective, deliberate practice include:

  • Being motivated to improve performance and setting performance goals
  • Working at an optimal level of challenge
  • Practicing extensively—and receiving immediate, descriptive feedback
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How Inbound Marketing Builds Trust with Educational Technology Decision-Makers

It takes time (and data) to learn who your buyers are, where they are, what their needs are, and how you can most successfully nurture them through the sales funnel to realize maximum ROI. In a relationship-based industry, the road to sales is paved with useful, personalized content. Read More »

The Power of Ed Tech in Closing STEM Gaps

At Second Avenue, when we started writing about girls' involvement in STEM, GoldieBlox had not yet been invented, and SciGirls had not yet premiered on PBS. Back before "girls in STEM" was a call to action, we worried about the underrepresentation of females in STEM careers.

We weren't alone. Today, the education community has taken hold of "girls in STEM" and run with it. As a country, we are seeing progress, but significant gaps remain. With a community-wide commitment to inclusive design and thoughtful research, we can begin to build bridges to close the remaining gaps in STEM. Read More »