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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You know what a Learning Record Store is but why do you need one?
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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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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While the new law is a step in the right direction, according to some ESSA leaves much to be desired
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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What happens when educators become students?
In one of our recent blog posts, we compared learning in the classroom to a visit to the doctor’s office (Prescription for Learning) recognizing that we all come to either place with our own needs that are unique to each of us. Continuing that train of thought, I would like to discuss what it might look like if schools became more personalized. I hope by sharing ideas, a conversation might evolve that helps us all move forward on this personalized learning journey.
Let’s begin with the learning environment and the antiquated practice of seat time to determine school funding and student grade progression. By now, I would venture to say that most educators know that seat time has nothing to do with learning and is an outdated practice considering the technology and resources available to us today.
Acknowledging this issue is not where the problem lies.
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