Even with a holiday shortened week, it was obvious that we are at a confluence of massive changes in the ways we learn, design our schools, teach, and provide high quality education at scale. Tom kicked off the week discussing better access, next gen learning, and next gen PD–3 of. This week’s EdTech 10 shows us what’s trending.
Blended Schools & Tools
1. Teachers lead the way, part 1. Teachers are driving innovation. From
2. No silos. The ( ) sponsored a new collection of articles titled . This features blog about ( ), ( ), and ( ), as well as best practices for using blended tools in the classroom. Bottom Line: The Humanities can’t be taught in knowledge silos. We know all knowledge is interconnected. Let’s teach Humanities (and everything else) with this in mind, through , , , and more.
3. Cheaper bundle. Amplify (
4. Access, activity, and outcomes in digital learning. ( ) is about to publish, and the for looking at the digital learning landscape include who has to access to digital learning resources, what sorts of activity is happening in digital learning, and what the student outcomes are. The bottom line, writes author John Watson, is that “access of students to digital learning has been, should be, and will continue to be a major area of research and reporting. Activity and outcomes are the next two areas which deserve to get equal attention.”
5. Are parents in the know? Parent engagement as schools use digital tools to communicate. Schools are using closed Facebook groups, Twitter and ( ) among others, to create increased awareness of school and community events. Now, the school newsletter can no longer get lost in the bottom of the backpack!
Leading the Way
6. Teacher lead the way, part 2. Arne Duncan () and the team over at the ( ) announced they have a new program called (#CommitToLead), where teachers can share best practices with one another. Duncan said Commit to Lead is an “online community that directly engages teachers and other educators to define what teacher leadership can and should be in their communities, so that collectively we can help make it part of the fabric and culture of every school. It builds on the great work that already exists in the field, and invites the creation of new ideas.” Educators can share, vote, and get feedback on their work. Get sharing!
Dollars & Deals
7. Record amount of money raised in Utah. E-learning company( ) million in a monster B round–Utah’s largest venture financing round. The digital learning company, based in Salt Lake City, provides video and online courses. The startup is also helping people to assess their skills, identify any skill gaps, and can provide courses that help individuals meet specific goals related to personal and career learning.
8. Tiger is not just playing golf.
9. Improving student engagement. In this ( ), the word on the street is engagement. helps provide increased through encouraging a variety of means. These programs “can help motivate and engage students by enabling them to select whatever courses they want, in the formats they want (e.g. online, face-to-face, or blended), from a range of providers.” For more information, you can head over to Fordham for coverage of the .
The Big “D”
10. Data is the word.
And finally, we say the co-founder and CEO of . In a sector where there are very few scaled impact organizations, Barbara built a big company that provided great services. She did it, against great odds, in an unassuming way by building a talented team, taking the long view, and putting students first. She was both tenacious and gracious to the end. She will be missed.
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