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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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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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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The new ESSA law: Explained

The new ESSA law explained in under 5 minutes

We’ve been exploring the new ESSA law for the past few days and have given some fairly broad, and brief overviews of the major takeaways from this landmark piece of legislation.

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ESSA Summary: 3 Things To Know

 

If you’re curious about the new education act, allow us to present our brief ESSA summary.

You can also watch this great video by The 74 Million too.

Here are 3 things you need to know:

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    1. Control: It shifts power and responsibility for school quality away from Washington and gives it back to the states.
    2. Testing: While standardized testing is still required the states will now decide what is required of their schools for the ratings.
    3. Curriculum: ESSA prohibits the federal government from implementing mandated curriculum (i.e. Common Core)

The main theme here is we’ve taken power away from Washington and given it back to the individual states.

What seems to have some educators very happy is takeaway #2 – the reduced emphasis on standardized testing.

Under No Child Left Behind educators felt the need to teach their students to the test and in the same vein, their students were “tested to death”.

Now, even though schools are required to test up to 95% of their eligible students the states decide how much testing is required. There is the possibility that a state could use a test like the SAT or ACT to replace other state tests.

ESSA also establishes a pilot program for seven states (to be determined) to rethink and reinvent their assessment system. Should this go well then we could see the way we go about assessing our students completely reimagined.

If you want more info about ESSA download our infographic that goes a bit deeper.

Key differences between the new ESSA act and No Child Left Behind

 

We’re big fans of the new ESSA act.

And unless you’ve been on Mars for the past few months you’re likely aware of the new education law that replaced No Child Left Behind.

But what are the differences between the two laws?

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