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  • July 21, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning image description

    In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. This is unsurprising given the enormous uptick in online courses and technology tools in K–12 schools nationwide, not to mention the promise that technology holds to dismantle barriers to access and experience that have plagued the education system for years. Yet, with excitement

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  • July 19, 2016 | by Lisa McIntyre-Hite

    Three opportunities to prepare college students for success image description

    When Michelle R. Weise and Clayton Christensen published Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and Workforce Revolution in 2014, they chronicled the disruptive trajectory of online competency-based programs relative to traditional higher education. Specifically, they noted that online competency-based programs not only have the potential to unlock more flexible, stackable credential programs, but also to address skills

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  • July 14, 2016 | by Michael B. Horn

    When innovating, having the right team matters image description

    To transform any vision in an organization into a concrete, high-impact initiative, having the right people at the table in the right team structure is critical. Educators innovating in schools too often start without putting the people doing the work in a team where they have the right levers and channels at their disposal to

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  • July 13, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Why new technologies often don’t help students image description

    It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns

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  • July 11, 2016 | by Spencer Nam

    Lessons learned from Theranos’ fall image description

    Late Thursday, Theranos announced that U.S. regulators had finally imposed sanctions on the early-stage diagnostics company, after questions were raised about the validity of its proprietary technology. The sanctions had been expected for some time. But, by revoking the certification of the company’s main laboratory in Newark, Calif., and restricting the company’s founder, Elizabeth Holmes,

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  • July 7, 2016 | by Andrew Sears

    A standards strategy for stackable global credentials image description

    Last week, I wrote about the need for stackable global credentials in order to meet the quickly growing international demand for higher education. Globally, the lack of interoperability standards between alternative and traditional educational systems may be the single most significant barrier to making education accessible to the poor, particularly in the developing world. How

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  • July 6, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Will eliminating the “F” eliminate bad school design? image description

    The dreaded “F” is going out of vogue in schools. This week’s Washington Post article, “Is it becoming too hard to fail?”, chronicled a host of K–12 school systems that are moving away from the age-old tradition of failing students whose work doesn’t cut it, in hopes of keeping students motivated and on the road toward graduation.

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