Education news rounded up from the net.

Finally, trends for schooling I like!  Notice “on-the-fringe,” that’s where to be!  What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.

0.13% of education research is ever duplicated!!!  I have to say it’s first obstacle question given in any education meeting. “Is this research based?” One becomes quite tired of the question. From the article:

For more than a decade, school reformers have said that education policy should be driven by “research” and “data,” but there’s a big question about how much faith anyone should have in a great deal of education research.

For my part, if you are trying something and see no results for 6 months, try something else!


The top 10 technologies impacting education this year and beyond. Seems this list only fits districts and large scale campuses.  My homeschool list? Hands-on adaptive teacher. Free classes & Research (free education websites, Youtube, khanacademy, Wikipedia, etc.). Lots of experiments! Play-time.

  1. Adaptive Learning -a computer program shapes your learning based off of your responses.  Once children know how to access the program, will they need teachers?
  2. Adaptive E-textbooks.  Not sure the publishers will ever get to this point. It seems we all had to carry 10lb books all over campus. Hurry up Kindle versions!
  3. CRM. Yes, now your government and your schools are collecting data on you & your children,  I see a rush on tin-foil hats by the conspiracy theory inspired.
  4. Big Data. Hmm.
  5. Sourcing Strategies (for IT departments).
  6. Exostructure – as refers to internet resources.
  7. Microcredentials – reward badges that work between schools.
  8. Digital Assessments – great for some kids, not so great for others, certainly a timesaver!
  9. Mobile optimized sites.
  10. Social Learning (digital) – do we really need social platforms? I think our kids are getting into enough trouble via Facebook.  Digital Social Rules, Yes. You know, like Everything you ever are videoed  in, tagged in, post, text, or put into an email is PUBLIC.


dinoIs traditional college a dinosaur? Probably,  says Kevin Carey in his new book, “The End of College.” I’d have to agree. The rise of certification courses has plummeted the value of the traditional college education.





Some thoughts on how to help bankrupt college students, of course, we could all follow Dave Ramsey’s  advice and not get into debt in the first place.


Just like their parents, students are using tablets and phones to study and learn.

“Our adaptive systems have been shown to improve student performance by an average of one letter grade, and it’s exciting to see this effectiveness translate to increasing popularity among students.”

New information online will have to be accessible, if education sites are not mobile optimized, then they will lose market share.


5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014. Excellent reading and even better reading the in comments, including this,

Number 6: Education Officials, Administrations, School Boards, and Departments of Education continue to ignore the findings of the American Educational Research Association — a 99-year-old national research society. America’s teachers however, read the research and shake their collective heads wondering why policies that are not supported by the science are forced down their throats.

and this

“The results did not show a meaningful relationship between the two.
Meaning, perfectly aligned curriculum is no more likely to be associated
with gains in tests scores than perfectly unaligned curriculum.”

That’s not what that means. A perfectly unaligned curriculum would not teach any of the tested concepts and would almost certainly result in lower scores. The results showed that additional efforts to align the curriculum beyond what is normally done yields minimal improvements in test scores.


A research roundup for early learning education. Great stuff!