Giving Students Access to Achievement Data Can Make a Big Difference in Schools

June 24, 2015

By Dennis Pierce
A growing number of schools are giving students regular access to their own achievement data, so they can monitor their learning trajectory—and this is having a huge impact on student performance.

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Topics: Formative Assessments, technology, student information system, learning management, 21st-Century Learner

Applying the Six Facets of Understanding to Improve Student Learning

October 7, 2014

It’s not enough for students to simply memorize material for a test; educators want their students to truly understand what they’re learning. With full understanding, students will be able to better process information and apply it to real-world situations throughout their academic and professional lives.

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Topics: education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

Virtual Worlds in Schools?

June 16, 2014

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

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Topics: technology, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

News from FETC: The Philosophy of Christopher Lehmann

February 3, 2014

During Leading, Learning, and the Modern School, Christopher Lehmann—founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, Pa.—shared insights on what we need to do to re-imagine and re-envision the purpose of school. Enjoy the following selection of our 14 favorite quotes from his 2014 keynote address.

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Topics: technology, education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

News from FETC: Abundance Redefines Education

February 3, 2014

During his FETC presentation, Exploring New Literacies for Networked, Self-Directed Learners and Makers, Will Richardson—international expert on the intersection of social online learning networks and education and owner of Connective Learning LLC—explored the shifts in education that have resulted from the advent of the Internet and a practical framework for helping our students become literate, self-directed masters of learning and making in this new, interconnected world.

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Topics: technology, education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

News from FETC: Mobile Devices Catalyze Personalized Learning

February 2, 2014

During FETC, Julie Evans—CEO of Project Tomorrow, one of the national’s leading education nonprofit organizations—presented research findings from Speak Up 2013, a national survey about the use of digital tools and resources in schools, and shared insights gained during the Speak Up National Research Project.

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Topics: education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

News from FETC: GameDesk CEO Offers Vision for Education’s Future

January 30, 2014

During Thursday’s keynote, GameDesk CEO Lucien Vattel offered his vision of a future of education in which our children are self-actualized—able to “generate their own futures and engage highly effectively in the world.”

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Topics: Common Core Standards, technology, education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

News from FETC: Google Education Evangelist Challenges Educators to Iterate Education

January 30, 2014

During the FETC Eye Opener Keynote, Jamie Casap, Google Inc.’s global education evangelist, challenged educators to “continuously iterate education.” And, while he suggested that technology might be a tool to help with that challenge, he cautioned about giving it too much credit.

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Topics: technology, education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12

Formative Assessment Trends: The Common Core

January 21, 2014

Recent changes to the Common Core curriculum have increased the rigor of education in classrooms around the country. As this trend continues, it has become more important than ever to understand what students know and are able to do. This can be achieved with formative assessment practices.

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Topics: Common Core Standards, Formative Assessments, computers in the classroom, 21st-Century Learner, performanceplus

Student Response Systems Intrigue

December 10, 2013

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga
I am often approached by sales representatives lauding their wares, but rarely do I walk away intrigued. In most cases, I understand the nature of the product and quickly determine its value. In this case, I am speaking of a student response system (SRS). This particular SRS is quite different than most on the market, although it has been around for as many years as its competitors.

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Topics: Formative Assessments, technology, education, 21st-Century Learner