The K-12 Mobile Classroom: 4 Tough Tech Choices

Are the days of banning phones in the classroom a thing of the past? There’s a growing movement toward innovative learning models in K-12, where educators are starting to embrace smartphones and mobile devices, seeing them more than just a distraction in the learning environment. In recent years, researchers found that most American students between the…
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This Week: Top Headlines in Education

After months of speculation, educators and activists are starting to get a clearer picture of what and how the Trump administration will do about education this year. As anticipated in previous months, they are putting their faith in moving to school vouchers. In President Trump’s first school visit since he took office, he talked about…
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5 Things You Can Do to Support English Language Learners

A limited proficiency in English still remains a major barrier to educational success for millions in public schools, and many schools are under-resourced and teachers are under-prepared to support English language learners (ELL). A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that schools need to devote more resources to help…
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The Student Life Cycle: What K-12 Can Learn from Higher Ed

On the college campus, educators frequently toss around the buzz phrase “student life cycle.” What exactly is it? This approach helps academic leaders analyze, anticipate, and seek ways to improve a freshman student’s success in their first year of college. The life cycle model suggests looking at a student’s first year in a well-rounded way,…
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This Week: Top Headlines in Education

After the long-fought battle against her confirmation on Capitol Hill, Secretary Betsy DeVos has been stirring things up in her first few weeks on the job. Among other things, she has attacked public school teachers, bashed protesters, did not participate in the first Twitter chat her department had for teachers on Feb. 21, added more…
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6 Tips for Doing Adaptive Learning the Right Way

There’s quite a lot of evidence that adaptive learning is one of the best examples of technology improving learning outcomes. In recent years, it is one area that has attracted funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has vastly changed learning at the college level. At UC Santa Cruz, the results of their…
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7 Ways to Think Like a Designer and Enhance Online Learning

Online learning is booming. U.S. students in traditional K-12 schools have enrolled in 750,000 online courses within a school year, and the numbers are growing. In community colleges, the number of online students has risen to more than 5 million. Some states have expanded policy to encourage more online courses. For instance, 9th graders were…
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This Week: Top Headlines in Education

It’s a critical time particularly for states, as leaders are scrambling to finalize the ESSA accountability plans for their state. This year, there’s a particularly large number of new policymakers coming on board, which has many advocates and district leaders on edge. In prior years state policymakers had some room to get up to speed,…
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Technology and the At-Risk Student: 3 Ways to Change Their Learning Outcomes

Students who are labeled “at risk” face a unique set of learning challenges than their peers. They run a wide variety: ones who belong to ethnic minorities, those who are academically disadvantaged, those who are disabled, those with a probationary status, and those from low-income or poverty-stricken households. For example, for the 16 million students…
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The Future of Assessments: 4 Valuable Lessons for Educators

The global education market, particularly in higher education, is experiencing a rising need for formative assessment technologies and services. In a research report by Technavio, there are three emerging trends in assessment through social media platforms, cloud-based assessment platforms, and analytical apps. For K-12 and higher ed, this means the world of testing and assessments…
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