Sorting fact from fiction
My Tech High partners with innovative public school districts to offer tuition-free, home-centered education programs to 5,000 students, primarily in Utah.
AltSchool partners with 25 districts and schools to implement technology-enabled personalized learning. It also operates four tuition-funded lab schools in San Francisco and New York City.
Edtech entrepreneurs and school choice advocates sometimes invoke disruptive innovation as an indomitable force that will redeem and transform broken school systems.
Personalized learning is a pedagogical philosophy of tailoring learning to the individual student. Blended learning involves integrating technology to deliver some content.
Online programs offer low-cost courses for college credit
Using video storytelling to motivate learning
Technology might allow us to collect detailed information about classroom practice that would help us learn what’s working and what’s not.
A recent report found that most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. The findings unveil a clear disconnect between district software procurement and classroom practice.
Will parents be able to outsource drop-offs and pick-ups to Uber-like companies or automated vehicles? Will school buses be self-driving? The future is now.
New research by David Deming and Kadeem Noray finds that students who major in STEM fields initially experience elevated salaries and rates of employment, but the skills their occupations require change so rapidly that their training quickly becomes obsolete.
Educational content comes to YouTube
An Excerpt from Julia Freeland Fisher’s book “Who You Know”
Several universities are putting free Amazon Echo Dot devices in student dorm rooms to help students more easily access information about their schools.
While Washington, D.C. slams accreditors for not holding colleges and universities accountable for their student outcomes, the more insidious failure of accreditation is the stifling effect on innovation at existing institutions.
Teachers are starting to use voice-powered devices like Alexa in the classroom, though privacy advocates have raised some concerns. Michael Horn considers some of the larger ways that voice assistants might disrupt the classroom.
EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years
These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.
EdStat: The Next Generation Learning Challenges Have Allocated More than $25 Million across Seven Regional Funds
But has NGLC funding expanded the adoption of personalized learning in those regions?
Local funds promote innovation—but for how long?
EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 69 Percent of Respondents Support the Idea of Schools Providing Students with Laptops for Classroom Use
Approval is higher among parents and still higher among teachers.
EdStat: 1,700 Students Begin a Computer-Science Master’s Degree Through Georgia Tech’s Online Program Each Year
Georgia Tech’s online program is the largest computer-science master’s degree program in the United States—and possibly the world.
Who takes online classes? Does online education simply substitute for in-person education or does it serve students who would not otherwise enroll in an educational program?
When college professors ban laptops, students complain about hand cramps and an inability to read their own handwritten notes.
As the use of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo becomes widespread in homes, some wonder whether voice-activated technology technology could prove useful in the classroom. Michael Horn joins Marty West to discuss how this might work and what the challenges might be.
Simple innovations, like digital lesson plans, can go a long way toward improving teacher effectiveness and student outcomes