One question you must ask of your learning data

Once we collect the learning data available to us we can actually see if it’s working or not.

We don’t know our learners.

We know very little about them. About 10% of the learner, give or take, is known to us. That is, what happens inside the classroom, LMS or other type of learning environment.

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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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Data driven observation tools give you a clearer picture of your classroom.

Most classroom observation tools are not based on data. ClassGather, a data driven observation tool, gives you a clear picture of what is happening in your classroom.

Based on Dr. John Tenny’s whitepaper Observation Checklists vs. Observation Data

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All professions have a system that measures performance. Employees establish measurable goals and document progress toward attaining those goals. Throughout the process, employees most likely meet with their supervisor to discuss progress and determine if change is necessary.

In education, a Professional Growth Plan (PGP) is equivalent to this in the business industry. Teachers use student and performance data from the year prior to establish goals for improvement in the current school year. After the PGP is approved, an administrator will conduct classroom walkthrough observations which are informal as well as district required observations which are formal as part of the performance evaluation system.

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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?

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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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ESSA and edtech

What the new education law means for the future of educational technology

As an edtech company and given that we’ve been exploring ESSA over the past few weeks, it was inevitable that we would arrive at the issue of ESSA and edtech.

What does the new law mean for edtech vendors?

Does ESSA allocate more funding for state districts and schools to spend on edtech?

Where will the funding come from?

So many questions. We’ve got answers.

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