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July 16th, 2018

5 steps to guarantee your PD for PBL is on point

By John Larmer
editor in chief, Buck Institute for Education
What kind of professional development (PD) is needed in order for project-based learning (PBL) to be done well, spread throughout a school, and stick? Short answer: a lot....

July 16th, 2018

How wearables, AR, and VR help students develop SEL skills (part 1)

By Jason Swanson
director of strategic foresight, KnowledgeWorks
In her post, “Now is the Time to Redefine Readiness,” my colleague Katherine Prince detailed how the world of work is changing, creating an urgent need to redefine what it means to be ready, and proposed a new foundation for readiness that prioritizes: Deep...

July 12th, 2018

Beware of ransomware: Here’s how to protect your district

By Sam Curry
chief security officer, Cybereason
A new, disturbing pattern has cropped back up that is reminiscent of some nasty behavior from the early days of Internet nefarious exploits: targeting schools and students and the innocent. Ransomware attacks have been making headlines in recent months—particularly as a threat to K-12....

July 9th, 2018

4 ways to make high-impact teaching a reality

By Colin Wood
founder and chief executive officer, Verso Learning
I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world and work in classrooms in the United States, Australia, Asia, and the U.K., and have seen phenomenal teaching everywhere I go. However, administrators tell me the challenge is how to effectively take that practice and scale...

July 5th, 2018

It’s not your grandfather’s SAT prep

By Matthew Glotzbach
chief executive officer, Quizlet
From a rise in test-optional schools to redesigns that move away from being a test of “how well you can learn how to take the tests,” the last few years have seen significant shifts in both the approach to—and importance of—the SAT and ACT. When...

July 2nd, 2018

Got STEM funding? Here’s how to use it

By Joachim Horn
chief executive officer, SAM Labs
Schools lack the resources they need to properly offer coding education to students. So it’s not surprising that U.S. employers have only been able to fill 10 percent of available computer science jobs with qualified applicants. Progress was made this year when the U.S. Department...

June 27th, 2018

5 modern education myths debunked

By Ido Yerushalmi
chief executive officer, Intelitek
In the industrial setting, Industry 4.0 is a term that analysts use to describe the automation and data exchange that are used in manufacturing technologies, and this involves modern concepts like the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and other innovations. Cumulatively, these technologies...

June 25th, 2018

How can we make personalized learning work?

By Dr. Gene Kerns
vice president and chief academic officer, Renaissance
Educators around the country are excited about the potential of personalized learning, but before we can make it an everyday reality, we first need to agree on what exactly “personalized learning” means. There are a number of definitions out there. After a thorough review...

June 22nd, 2018

Beware: Your SIS might not be protecting student data

By John Jennings
digital media manager , Skyward
When FERPA was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974, “accessibility” meant “the key to the filing cabinet,” and an “information request” was either an in-person conversation or a bundle of paperwork. Now, nearly 50 years later, the entire context of the...

June 19th, 2018

Can we design learning environments geared for maximum motivation?

By Erin Werra
writer, Skyward
What can we learn from human psychology about designing learning environments geared for maximum motivation? Let’s start by identifying core human motivations using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs. Psychologist Abraham Maslow studied human motivation as a whole, rather than the discrete pockets of motivation...

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