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 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 Employment Branding: Never a Second Chance to Make a First Impression http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/employment-branding--never-a-second-chance-to-make-a-first-impression.html How an organization treats prospective candidates throughout the interview process is critical to its company brand. To roll out a white glove candidate interview experience: <ul><li>Arrive on time to your interviews.</li> <li>Your time is short-PREPARE accordingly.</li> <li>Construct an effective interview team.</li> <li>Be courteous.</li> <li>Sell yourself...sell your company!</li> <li>Reserve time for questions.</li> <li>Partner closely with recruiting.</li> <li>Keep your candidates engaged.</li></uL> ]]> Friday, May 13, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/employment-branding--never-a-second-chance-to-make-a-first-impression.html Great Teaching is at the Heart of Learning (Here is the Science to Prove It) http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/great-teaching-is-at-the-heart-of-learning--here-is-the-science-to-prove-it-.html Anyone who has ever stood up in front of a classroom hoping that their curriculum is engaging, that they are connecting with students, and that their students are learning can tell you: Great teaching is not easy, and it doesn't happen overnight, nor does it happen by magic.<p> How are great teachers applying the science of learning? And how can we apply learning sciences research findings to the real world? ]]> Friday, May 06, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/great-teaching-is-at-the-heart-of-learning--here-is-the-science-to-prove-it-.html Breaking Barriers: When Students Own the Assessment and Commenting Piece of the Writing Process http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/breaking-barriers--when-students-own-the-assessment-and-commenting-piece-of-the-writing-process.html Every step of writing an essay can be intimidating. I work with writing teachers who spend a lot of time thinking about how to make this process easier. Together, we tackle the questions of: How do you get students to look up and re-read? How do you break down that barrier? We think the answer lies in somehow getting students to take more ownership over their writing so that their teachers are not the only ones who keep the conversation going. There are some approaches that educators (and learners) can take in regards to this.<p> <ul><li>Teachers can save time for themselves by limiting feedback to a few, prioritized comments.</li> <li>Teachers should encourage students to share their writing with others in addition to their teachers.</li></ul> ]]> Friday, April 29, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/breaking-barriers--when-students-own-the-assessment-and-commenting-piece-of-the-writing-process.html The Importance of Creating Digital Resources Supporting Formative Assessment as a Process http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-importance-of-creating-digital-resources-supporting-formative-assessment-as-a-process.html Those of us creating products and services empowering educators to support higher student achievement need to find new ways to help educators integrate formative assessment as a process into teaching and learning. Specifically, as we design and build the next generation of digital resources, a priority must be placed on including in those resources dynamic new tools that help educators integrate formative assessment as a process into classroom instruction. And while it is important that publishers design and build tools and resources integrating formative assessment directly into the next generation of instructional materials, we also need to offer the customized, sustained, job-embedded professional development educators need to understand formative assessment as a process and integrate it into instruction. ]]> Friday, April 15, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/the-importance-of-creating-digital-resources-supporting-formative-assessment-as-a-process.html How Can You Show That Your Education Products Are Research-Based? http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/how-can-you-show-that-your-education-products-are-research-based-.html PreK-12 decision-makers require evidence that the instructional products they purchase have a positive impact on student learning. Large education companies often sponsor efficacy research to demonstrate that a product has a direct impact on student achievement. But most companies can't afford this or can't wait for results of a yearlong study. Instead, they develop a research foundations white paper (RFWP) to show that the instructional methods and approaches incorporated into the product are research-based. This is now an essential tool in successfully marketing to school district decision-makers across the U.S. What does an RFWP look like, and how can it be used? ]]> Friday, April 08, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/how-can-you-show-that-your-education-products-are-research-based-.html To Boldly Go Where No Educator Has Gone Before… http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/to-boldly-go-where-no-educator-has-gone-before-.html Fans of the original Star Trek series began what has become a common tradition in today’s society, the blurring of lines between pop culture and real life. In doing so, the metatextuality of Star Trek’s characters, plot lines, and famous quotations have found their way into many aspects of everyday life and, as a result, bring greater meaning and understanding to today’s issues at hand. Several years ago, I encountered a superintendent who had coined a new initiative as “The Next Generation.” I couldn’t resist the opportunity to play off that theme by comparing some of the various stakeholders to some of the characters. Here’s my take on how many stakeholders from Star Trek exist—or are perceived—by others. See if you recognize the Captain, the Borg, Klingons, Q, and others. ]]> Friday, April 01, 2016 http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/voice-from-the-industry/to-boldly-go-where-no-educator-has-gone-before-.html