In education technology circles, and particularly as it relates to use of iPads and apps, I’ve sure heard a lot of discussion about creation versus content. I’ve been thinking about it and wanted to chime in from a learning sciences perspective.
In case you haven’t read much about it, creation apps are tools that are open ended and aren’t aiming to “teach” a particular skill or skill set. These apps are used by students to make new things…be they books or videos or presentations. With these tools, it is up to the teachers and students to decide what the learning goals are and what the product should be. A couple of examples of this type of app include Explain Everything and Toontastic. Continue reading
This is a wonderful post about evidence-based instruction and the “new” pedagogies. I encourage anyone who want to structure their instruction around student performance data (not to be confused with high stakes assessment data) to read this. Don’t be sucked in by the most popular “flavor of the month” educational trends!
I feel so fortunate to have been asked by the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL), at Temple University, to prepare a classroom guide for content strategy and mobile devices. As most of you know, this has been a long-time passion of mine and the good people at CIL gave me an opportunity to write all about it. Continue reading
Posted in Implementation, Professional Development, Technology
Tagged Center on Innovations in Learning, edtech, Education, education apps, education technology, Educational technology, Educators, mobile, Teacher, teaching, Technology, Temple University
I really enjoyed this simple (and, I thought, elegant) explanation of why the Common Core State Standards are important! See what you think…. Continue reading
Today I attended a session about the relationships between business and education. The session was put on by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a non-profit group that does really good work in my state to improve education on the policy level. The purpose of the session was to discuss how to get businesses more involved in supporting and helping improve education. There were a couple of consultants there who presented some findings of a Harvard Business School study looking at competitiveness in the global economy. Specifically they addressed recent policies or movements that have been most helpful to improving education and student achievement. Continue reading
Posted in Academics, Assessment
Tagged Business, charter schools, Common Core State Standards, Education, education administration, Educators, instruction, K through 12, KIPP, Learning, Mastery learning, public education, public schools, Race to the Top, Teach for America, teaching, TFA
This post is simply outstanding…Harry Webb captures the precise problem with new kinds of “progressive” education. Many of the comments are also fantastic, so take the time to check those out as well.
Two things happened in the news this week that have me really bummed out.
The first is that inBloom announced that it is winding down. The purpose of inBloom was to be a data repository for student data; a resource that would help teachers make sense of vast amounts of student performance data to then better individualize instruction. It seems like the words were no sooner out of my mouth last week when I posted that educators were worried about the wrong thing with big data when THIS happened! Continue reading
Posted in Parenting, Technology
Tagged edtech, Education, education technology, Educational technology, Educators, inBloom, internet, Net Neutrality, Performance, Technology
It seems that we are awash in data in education, especially edtech, lately. I’m a big data junkie, so I find it tremendously exciting. With the advances in technology we have the opportunity to collect real-time performance data at a level of detail that just wasn’t possible before. And with good data and people who understand what those data mean, well, the possibilities just seem endless for how we can improve and individualize instruction for kids. Continue reading
Posted in Instructional Design, Technology
Tagged Analytics, Big data, data, data analysis, edtech, Education, Educational technology, Learning, learning analytics, teaching