EdNET Insight - Voice from the Industry http://www.ednetinsight.com en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Central by Imulus (http://imulus.com) info@ednetinsight.com Reality Check: Augmented, Virtual, and Wearable Technology in Education http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/reality-check--augmented--virtual--and-wearable-technology-in-education.html For months on end <em>The New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune,</em> and others have touted 2016, and later 2017, as “the year of virtual reality.” Was it? Will it be? There’s no argument that alternate, augmented, virtual, wearable, and highly portable digital technologies have been around for some time, with breathless media reports waxing and waning, as they are wont to do. But the question remains: can we avoid the hype-cycle to develop and deploy these technologies where there are real use cases supporting them? Maybe this time is the charm. ]]> Friday, March 24, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/reality-check--augmented--virtual--and-wearable-technology-in-education.html Two Major Trends in the Future of Large-Scale Assessment http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/two-major-trends-in-the-future-of-large-scale-assessment.html Media reports are full of stories that the new administration intends to “repeal the Common Core,” expand vouchers and charter schools, and slash education funding. Talk about disruption. What does all that mean for large-scale accountability testing? In my view, not very much. Large-scale accountability assessments will continue to be necessary in the current administration because they provide information on school performance and provide evidence to support policy-making at the state and federal levels. Large-scale accountability assessment will continue to evolve on many fronts. I see two significant aspects to this evolution. <ol> <li>Continuing Trend Toward <a href="http://blog.measuredprogress.org/blog/what-is-a-balanced-assessment-system-4-assessment-definitions-that-might-surprise-you-infographic">Balanced Assessment Systems</a></li> <li>Continuing Expansion of the Role of Technology</li> </ol> ]]> Friday, March 17, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/two-major-trends-in-the-future-of-large-scale-assessment.html Emergence of OERs Part of the Solution to Improving Student Outcomes http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/emergence-of-oers-part-of-the-solution-to-improving-student-outcomes.html Every year there seems to be a new movement in education, more specifically ed tech, that promises to address all the pitfalls that came before it, offering new hope to finding the elusive “answer” to the reason why so many students are failing to achieve the goals we expect of them. Current models, whether traditional textbooks, “set-in-their-ways” teachers, or large and bureaucratic organizations, are vilified, and the new model is always deemed the answer. Oftentimes, however, these models or solutions are started and offered by companies that have never spent a day in a real classroom, which is why they fail when the rubber hits the road. ]]> Friday, March 03, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/emergence-of-oers-part-of-the-solution-to-improving-student-outcomes.html Better Learning Through Real-Time Adaptivity and Artificial Intelligence http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/better-learning-through-real-time-adaptivity-and-artificial-intelligence.html 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: <ol> <li>Leveling of the playing field for all students with applications for every learner</li> <li>Optimized student learning in a more engaging way, leading to improved persistence and self confidence</li> <li>An optimized classroom ecosystem that improves both teacher and student performance</li> <li>Discovery of what works and doesn’t work and the ability to keep learners on a sustainable path of continuous improvement</li> </ol> ]]> Friday, February 17, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/better-learning-through-real-time-adaptivity-and-artificial-intelligence.html Dyslexia: Awareness Is Key to Transforming Lives http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/dyslexia--awareness-is-key-to-transforming-lives.html 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. ]]> Friday, February 03, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/dyslexia--awareness-is-key-to-transforming-lives.html Reaffirming Our Commitment to High Quality Digital Content http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/reaffirming-our-commitment-to-high-quality-digital-content.html 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: <ul> <li>The Capability to Boost the Vocabularies of Young Learners.</li> <li>The Ability to Break Down Barriers To Learning For All Students.</li> <li>The Opportunity to Provide All Students Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Mastery.</li> <li>The Ability to Engage All Students in High-Level Thinking.</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, January 20, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/reaffirming-our-commitment-to-high-quality-digital-content.html Response to Intervention: This Generation of Data-Fueled Decision Making http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/response-to-intervention--this-generation-of-data-fueled-decision-making.html 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: <br> <ul> <li>Distance</li> <li>Partnership</li> <li>Growth</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, January 06, 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/response-to-intervention--this-generation-of-data-fueled-decision-making.html Rigor with Balance: Exploring interconnected topics and skills for the mathematics classroom http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/rigor-with-balance--exploring-interconnected-topics-and-skills-for-the-mathematics-classroom.html The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for three shifts in the approach to teaching mathematics: a greater <b>focus</b> on fewer topics; more <b>coherence</b> of topics across grades; and increased <b>rigor</b> in math instruction. <p>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:</p> <ul> <li>Encourage discussion and discourse.</li> <li>Offer multiple visual models.</li> <li>Offer experiences with all types of each operation.</li> <li>Provide powerful visual tools.</li> <li>Delay the introduction of procedures as described in the CCSSM.</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, December 02, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/rigor-with-balance--exploring-interconnected-topics-and-skills-for-the-mathematics-classroom.html Advancements in Education Programs, Products, and Policies to Expect in 2017 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/advancements-in-education-programs--products--and-policies-to-expect-in-2017.html 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: <ul> <li>Equity</li> <li>“Each”</li> <li>Empowerment</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, November 18, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/advancements-in-education-programs--products--and-policies-to-expect-in-2017.html Developing a High-Impact K-12 Literacy Curriculum Strategy: 7 Critical Attributes http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/developing-a-high-impact-k-12-literacy-curriculum-strategy--7-critical-attributes.html Seven attributes can help frame a comprehensive literacy reform initiative across the literacy strands—reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. <ol> <li><strong>Reach</strong> to address all learners</li> <li><strong>Relevance</strong> upholds instructional individualization</li> <li><strong>Results</strong> are gained via evidence-based approaches</li> <li><strong>Responsive</strong> tools and platforms drive proficiency</li> <li><strong>Real-time</strong> assessment and monitoring speeds proficiency</li> <li><strong>Reflective</strong> practices integrate literacy in all content areas</li> <li><strong>Ready</strong> teachers optimize success</li> </ol> ]]> Friday, October 28, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/developing-a-high-impact-k-12-literacy-curriculum-strategy--7-critical-attributes.html Closing the Achievement Gap Now and in the Future http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/closing-the-achievement-gap-now-and-in-the-future.html 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: <ul> <li>Being motivated to improve performance and setting performance goals</li> <li>Working at an optimal level of challenge</li> <li>Practicing extensively—and receiving immediate, descriptive feedback</li> </ul> ]]> Friday, October 21, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/closing-the-achievement-gap-now-and-in-the-future.html How Inbound Marketing Builds Trust with Educational Technology Decision-Makers http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/how-inbound-marketing-builds-trust-with-educational-technology-decision-makers.html 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 <a href="http://www.prwithpanache.com/thought-leadership/3-tips-for-maximizing-your-marketing-roi">maximum ROI</a>. In a relationship-based industry, the road to sales is paved with useful, personalized content. ]]> Friday, October 07, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/how-inbound-marketing-builds-trust-with-educational-technology-decision-makers.html The Power of Ed Tech in Closing STEM Gaps http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-power-of-ed-tech-in-closing-stem-gaps.html 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.<BR><BR> 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. ]]> Friday, September 16, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-power-of-ed-tech-in-closing-stem-gaps.html Classroom Relevance Created Through Personal Interactions http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/classroom-relevance-created-through-personal-interactions.html Twenty-four percent of U.S. students live in rural communities. Simply by their location, they have limited access to mentors and role models who work in high tech careers or business or any of the countless other jobs that tend to be clustered in urban areas. <br><br> How, then, do we in education meet the challenge to give these rural students, as well as those in urban or suburban areas, a chance to learn about and explore real world careers?<br><or><li> <ol>1. Engage</ol> <ol>2. Excite</ol> <ol>3. Scale</ol></ol> ]]> Friday, August 26, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/classroom-relevance-created-through-personal-interactions.html NGSS - Making Science Hip Again! http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/ngss---making-science-hip-again-.html For the last decade, news outlets have reported that our economy is lagging behind other countries when it comes to scientific innovation. The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will help publishers improve their development of science content. It is important to know: <ul><li> Why we needed new standards</li> <li>What they mean for science instruction</li> <li>What publishers need to consider as they develop products for science instruction</li></ul> ]]> Friday, August 19, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/ngss---making-science-hip-again-.html Creating Effective Formative Assessments http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/creating-effective-formative-assessments.html Assessment doesn't have to be a dirty word. Formative assessments can be an extremely useful tool in improving teaching and learning and should be a part of any content offering. Focusing on the following key issues helps educators make the most of their formative assessments and of your content:<br><br> <ul><li>Good test questions</li> <li>Assessment technology</li> <li>Teacher training</li> <li>Student involvement</li> <li>Changing instruction</li></ul> ]]> Friday, July 29, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/creating-effective-formative-assessments.html Tackling Extremism in the Digital Learning Environment http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/tackling-extremism-in-the-digital-learning-environment.html The Internet is an important and empowering tool for schools and students alike. While its advantages are undisputed, its risks are diverse, changing, and often unknown. It's entirely possible, with innocent intentions, to stumble across damaging, exploitative, or extreme content. How do we address online risks such as extremism and radicalization? <br><br> <ol><li>What is meant by extremism <li>Tackling the problem in schools <li>Safeguarding students through monitoring ]]> Friday, July 22, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/tackling-extremism-in-the-digital-learning-environment.html A Data-Driven Education Market Requires Data-Driven Hiring Decisions http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/a-data-driven-education-market-requires-data-driven-hiring-decisions.html We have all seen how data-driven learning is changing education. When we polled many of our partners (and prospective partners) to ask how hiring practices have changed with the market to utilize data, we were surprised to hear that very few of our partners have clear answers as to how they collect and use data to make hiring decisions. If data is king in the education space, why do education companies fail to use data in their hiring practices? <ol><li> Companies do not know what data they should measure. </li><li>Companies do not know how to measure data meaningfully. </li> ]]> Friday, June 24, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/a-data-driven-education-market-requires-data-driven-hiring-decisions.html What I Wish I Learned in High School http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/what-i-wish-i-learned-in-high-school.html It's tough to be a young adult today. Research tells us that "too few high school graduates are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the military, and careers." So what characteristics should a successful program for these young adults include?<br> <ol><li>Experiential learning associated with relevant topics <li>Required collaboration and working with others <li>Easy access to information - mobile-friendly digital and print resources <li>Affordability</li></ol> ]]> Friday, June 10, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/what-i-wish-i-learned-in-high-school.html Where's Statewide Testing Going? http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/where-s-statewide-testing-going-.html The past 15 years have seen a lot of changes in statewide accountability testing. Now with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), what can we expect to see? <ul><li>More autonomy for states</li> <li>State interim assessments used for accountability</li> <li>Increased use of the SATs and ACTs</li> <li>Increased use of technology</li></ul> And what can we hope for?<br><br> <ul><li>Briefer end-of-year, summative state assessment components</li> <li>Curriculum-embedded performance assessments</li></ul> ]]> Friday, May 27, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/where-s-statewide-testing-going-.html