Why we still don’t know our learners

We’re only capturing 10% of the learning data out there.

You know there is a side of the moon that can not be seen from earth? It took going there to see the other side- until then it was a mystery.

In the same way, there’s a whole side of the student’s learning experience that we can’t see. Schools and districts attempting to understand their learners are missing a large facets of their learner’s experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Why is this? Why don’t we understand our learners like we should?

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Differences between an LMS and LRS

What are the differences between an LMS and LRS? Do you need both? What can and can’t each piece do?

We’ve compiled below a list of capabilities of an LMS. This is to illustrate the point that the LRS will not, and is not intended to, replace the LMS. The LRS simply stores all of the learning data as a component of an LMS.

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3 reasons education needs an LRS

Education needs an LRS. Here are three reasons why

We have a very rudimentary understanding of how our students and teachers actually learn.

We can’t tell how and when they are learning or what their preferred learning style is. We can barely even see our learners data without (practically) begging for it.

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Why have a Learning Record Store?

You know what a Learning Record Store is but why do you need one?

learning record store

That’s a quote from an outstanding blog post by the good people over at Learning Locker where they explain why a company or organization would need a Learning Record Store (LRS).

It’s a broad and basic quote for sure but, in our minds, is extremely applicable within the context of education.

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Thrivist and the Learning Record Store

Why Thrivist exists and how the Learning Record Store supports our mission

Today’s education market demands technology that is easy-to-use, intuitive, adapts to an individual’s learning style and creates actionable insights from the data collected.

Adaptive learning and actionable insights from data, we feel, are what is currently missing in education solutions today. There isn’t anyone in K-12 education working to solve those two problems.

Thrivist exists to solve those two problems.

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How ESSA supports personalized learning

What is the link between ESSA and personalized learning?

essa and personalized learning

A while back we came across a great webinar put out by the good people at iNACOL about the link between ESSA and personalized learning. Obviously we were keen to check out how the new education law would support the increased personalization of learning.

Here’s what we found out:

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How will ESSA impact schools in your state?

We know that with the new education law in place states will now have increased control on how their education systems are constructed. But how will that part of ESSA impact schools?

Perhaps there will not be a more obvious outcome of ESSA than how states deal with their classroom teachers.

In the past the federal government was able to dictate the terms of teacher evaluations on a national scale. Many teachers feel that his is a good thing (we agree, by the way) because states will obviously be more in tune with what is happening in local districts and communities and will take those into account when evaluating their teachers.

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Opportunities and the (one big) risk of ESSA

The new law presents a lot of good opportunities and poses a risk for education. ESSA explained.

We’ve now well established a few things about the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. States and local districts now have more control over things like standards, school ratings and testing time. (Good). The law still has holes in it that low-income and special education students could fall through, just like No Child Left Behind. (Bad).

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ESSA and Special Education Students

What is the connection between ESSA and special education students?

As we’ve explored ESSA over the past few weeks we wanted to delve into the link between ESSA and special education students and teachers. Our classroom observation solution, ClassGather, has been widely adopted by SpEd teachers and directors around the country so it made sense to look into this impact for ourselves.

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How ESSA fails our students

While the new law is a step in the right direction, according to some ESSA leaves much to be desired

ESSA fails students

We’ve gone on record saying that we, at Thrivist, are fans of the new education law, ESSA. That doesn’t mean that we don’t welcome opposing viewpoints and opinions and we came across just that a few days ago and thought it would be worth pressing into.

We found this article on US News & World Report printed from The Conversation.

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