A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.
An alternative school in Boston offers flexibility in pacing, help when students need it, and the chance to continuously reengage on material even if you didn’t master it the first time around–in all, the flexibility, support, and hope that human beings, and particularly teenagers, crave.
A blended-learning high school experiments with new roles for teachers.
Competency-based education offers a philosophy of how students ought to progress through material; it frees students from the lock step, age-based progressions in traditional schooling.
New Hampshire was the first state to abolish the Carnegie Unit, which made way for the first statewide experiment in competency-based education at the high school level.
As online learning marches upmarket, we can’t ignore the basic unmet infrastructure needs inside the vast majority of America’s school buildings.
The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.
Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.
Because half of 3 and 4 year olds are not enrolled in pre-K today, we have an opportunity to foster disruptive innovations that could change the way we think about childcare, parenting, and education.
How can the government best incentivize and speed up the creation of “high impact” learning technologies?
Are libraries repositioning themselves as learning centers that eventually might serve as schools of the future?
In addition to altering instruction, technology stands to reshape how we guide and mentor students, and how we might expand their social and professional networks.
Competency-based education and career and technical education can go hand-in-hand to ensure that students are mastering the skills necessary to workforce readiness.
The edtech market consists of numerous niche solutions that fail to provide educators with integrated solutions.
Transforming from a time-based to a competency-based system upends the traditional culture, structure, and schedule in schools and districts. Bell schedules, grading policies, academic department structures, fixed sense of course scope and sequence, and familiarity with whole-group instruction may all be exerting the tug of status quo bias.
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