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Assessment

First Steps to Data-Driven Instruction

The gap between what we “teach” students and what they “learn” should be familiar to any classroom teacher. Good assessment shows us what students understand and retain; the importance of data can not be discounted.

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Student-Centered Learning

Free up two hours of planning time each week.

I believe that the best way we can enrich students’ learning experience is to give teachers the time to think deeply about their practice – when we create efficiencies in how teachers use their planning time, they can use the added time to make lessons more interactive and creative.

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Student-Centered Learning

A Tale of Two Education Technologies

I like to think about two divergent strands in education technology, which I’ll call the ‘Classical’ and the ‘Progressive.’ The former allows us to use technology to better traditional goals, while the latter allows us to redefine and expand the expectations we have for our instruction and our students.

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Student-Centered Learning

“If the computer does all that, what are we supposed to do?”

I had an interesting exchange with a teacher, while delivering a presentation on personalized learning with Khan Academy. At the time, I believed the best way to encourage teachers to use technology was to emphasize the time it could save. I focused on how a personalized platform would not only save time grading but would create

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