Virtual School Meanderings

December 9, 2019

Personalized ELL, Dyslexia, K-12 Science

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Hiding in Plain Sight – 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom.
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The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments
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Closing the Science Achievement Gap
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Advancing Literacy with Large Print
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Effective Questioning Practices to Spur Thinking
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Student Engagement Lessons from 3 Successful Districts
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The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback
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Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide
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Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain
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Student Engagement Lessons from 3 Successful Districts
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November 8, 2019

[Special Report] Personalized Learning: What Educators Really Think And Do

Note that these reports are rarely research-based or have any measures of reliability or validity attached to them.

Explore what educators really think about personalized learning. View as a webpage.
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View the Education Week special report Personalized Learning: What Educators Really Think and Do online now.
Personalized learning is hard work. And when poorly planned and executed, it does not work well at all. But that should not stop schools from pursuing the goal of tailoring instruction to individual students’ academic strengths and weaknesses as well as their personal interests. That appears to be the big takeaway from our nationally representative survey of nearly 600 teachers on personalized learning topics, featured extensively in this report.

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Q&A: The Promise and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence and Personalized Learning
Andreas Oranje, the general manager of research and development for ETS, talks about how the time is right to examine the role of AI in personalized learning strategies.
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Personalized Learning: Challenges Ahead, Mistakes to Avoid
Educators see promise in the vision of personalizing learning, but actually doing it is proving difficult, suggests an exclusive survey of K-12 teachers.
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Data: Here’s What Educators Think About Personalized Learning
As the approach expands around the country, educators see a lot to be optimistic about, but remain skeptical of how it works, national survey suggests.
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Principals and Teachers Are Out of Sync on Personalized Learning, Data Show
What Is Personalized Learning?
One Big Barrier to Personalized Learning: Time
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November 4, 2019

Keeping Schools Safe, Disruptive Tech, Equitable Pathways

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Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?
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Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning
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Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior
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All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™
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How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways
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2019 K-12 Digital Content Report – Ebook trends in schools
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Building Community for Social Good
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New campaign for UN World Teachers Day
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Inspiring Motivation for Special Needs Students
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Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics
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Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide
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Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain
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Empower Reading Teachers with Proven Literacy PD
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Student Engagement Lessons from 3 Successful Districts
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October 20, 2019

Shifting Mindsets, Equitable Pathways, Language Advantage

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Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior
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All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™
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How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways
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2019 K-12 Digital Content Report – Ebook trends in schools
Provided by OverDrive | Read Whitepaper Now

Building Community for Social Good
Provided by Participate | Read Now

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day
Provided by Bridge International Academies | Read Now

Inspiring Motivation for Special Needs Students
Provided by Alvernia University | Read Now

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics
Provided by The Education Week Research Center & Newsela | Read Whitepaper Now

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide
Provided by New Teacher Center | Read Whitepaper Now

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain
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Empower Reading Teachers with Proven Literacy PD
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Student Engagement with the Smart Use of Technology
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Growth Matters 7 Key Criteria for Measuring Growth
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October 4, 2019

[Special Report] Why Ed Tech Is Not Used And What to Do About It

This is an interesting perspective…

SPECIAL REPORT: WHY ED TECH IS NOT USED AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Report after report cites low usage rates for educational software, a problem driven largely by districts and schools not thinking through how an ed-tech product or service should be used before buying it. Complicating matters is the fact that there is no clear consensus on just what constitutes a “good” usage rate. Is it 25 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent? Making sure the right students are using the right product at the right time is also a big challenge.

This special report is the first in a series of three special reports for the 2019-20 school year that Education Week is producing for K-12 ed-tech leaders. The report offers expert advice on how to improve the use of educational technology, a case study on one company’s failed effort to help districts track ed-tech usage, actionable insights about breaking through the barriers to good educational technology use, and lessons learned on how to save money by making some tough decisions about the applications and programs educators use.

I say this is interesting because it makes the assumption that the use of educational software is good pedagogy, and places the blame on school districts (and to a lesser extent teachers) for not using this educational software.  Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that maybe the use of educational software is just bad pedagogy.  Of course it has nothing to do with districts’ concerns with the overuse of simply placing students in front of flickering screens – or of the privacy concerns that come with the amount of student data that many of these software packages keep on its users.  No, its because school districts and teachers haven’t been trained to use the software properly or that teachers are resistant to change.

Anyway, the full message I received read…

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Why Ed Tech Is Not Used and What to Do About It offers expert advice on how to improve the use of educational technology, and how to make sure the right students are using the right product at the right time. Subscribe so you can read the full report, and get complete access to all of Education Week.
Ed-Tech Usage Levels Are Low: What Should Schools Do?
Evaluating how much students and teachers are using ed-tech products and services is tricky, complicated, and oftentimes confusing. But it can be done.
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Austin CTO Kevin Schwartz Speaks: 5 Ed-Tech Problems and Solutions
The Austin tech chief talks about helping educators avoid common mistakes, pumping up usage levels for ed-tech tools, getting tech and curriculum folks to talk to each other, and more.
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Case Study: Clever’s Troubled Effort to Help Schools Track Ed-Tech Use
The idea was to give educators and administrators a single place to look across multiple learning tools at two simple metrics: how much time did students spend using each program, and how much progress did they make?
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