EdTech & Data

The Argument for Automation & Classroom Creativity – Education Article

In a world where educators talk about the power of creativity in the classroom, it may seem counterintuitive to suggest that automation—the very definition of which is meant to remove thought from the process—may do the most for freeing up the mind to find time to create. The American Psychological Association notes that the more time you have, the higher the chance of being creative. But we’re busy people, right? According to the Brookings Institute, teachers work up to 55 hours per week.…

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Examples of Integrating the 5 Elements of Mastery Learning – Education Article

By: Scott Ellis This series has described the goals of mastery learning, its key elements, and important related topics like generating the right data and steps for designing mastery dashboards. As educators start taking their first steps in bringing mastery learning to life in their classrooms, it might be helpful to see a few examples of all the key elements coming together. Over the last few years, we have implemented MasteryTrack in a wide range of subjects. By describing exactly what…

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Mobile App From Big Picture Learning Identifies and Manages Student Internships – Education Article

From the minute he met a student from The Met, the flagship Big Picture Learning school, Andrew Frishman (@AndrewFrishman) knew he would be involved in crafting education one student at a time. He became a Big Picture advisor at (the now world famous) Metropolitan Regional Career And Technical Center (The Met) in Providence and then internship coordinator at Met Sacramento. For the last six years, Andrew has been co-director of Big Picture, a network of schools dedicated to education one student at a…

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Design Thinking, or What an English Teacher Learned From Working With Web Developers – Education Article

Where I’ve Been Often it’s not until you’re pulled out of your comfort zone that you see just how limiting that comfort zone can be. As a middle and high school English teacher, I worked in what I think were fairly typical ways–I’d gather periodically with other English teachers to plan vertically and then more regularly with teachers on my grade level team. I planned most of my daily lessons alone, with the occasional experience of teaching the same grade…

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