This weekend landed me at the EdTechTeam (I love camel case) Summit Featuring Google Apps for Education at Palo Alto’s Gunn High School. The summit, filled with presentations about ways to increase student agency and the authenticity of student work in school, was a nice counter to the other reason that Palo Alto’s schools have been in the news this year.
Data privacy is a big deal in the consumer world, and it is an even bigger deal in K12. In this sponsored article on EdSurge, I report out on a data privacy forum I hosted for Hapara.
This week I head to DC for the Student Privacy Boot Camp for Edtech Companies. This event, co-hosted by Rethink Education and the Future of Privacy Forum is timely. Over the past several weeks, student data privacy has again been in the news as a software engineer and dad from the Silicon Valley took some time to reveal that many of the applications his children use in school could be easily hacked to capture student information.
Not all screen time is the same. At least I hope not. At least that’s what I tell myself when I sit down to my computer in the morning and strap myself in for ten to twelve hours of emailing, video-conferencing, video editing, and various other forms of copy writing; interspersed, of course, with the occasional youtube video of a guy smashing his testicles in a skateboarding accident, courtesy of my younger brothers.
The following is a profile I wrote with the collaboration of the great folks at The Met Sacramento as a part of the work I do as lead educator with Hapara.
There are many paths to adulthood, and this is something that is well understood by the young adults that belong to The Met, a Big Picture High School, in Sacramento, California. Big Picture Learning is an association of schools in the United States that are committed to the personalization of learning in a unique and creative way.
Education technology in the twenty first century has made some remarkable progress. The ubiquity of software tools with cloud-based computing, the significant drop in price of powerful computing devices, and the explosion of easily accessible content represent more significant quantum leaps than say the VHS did over 16mm film.
This new edtech is beginning to change what education looks like. There is more independent learning that happens. Have your kids ever watched a Youtube video to get inspired for an art project? Try searching Rainbow Loom. We all have access to creative tools that can make whatever we do look like the work of skilled artists. Ever mistake a friend’s Instagram post for an advertisement? And we can more easily connect all that we do to the people that matter to us, whether we have met them in person or not.
As you might have guessed, the Hapara Team members are education data nerds. Recently, +Dan Leighton, TD Admin from Cottenham College in Cambridge, England, shared with us this meta analysis of meta analyses. That’s right, a meta-meta analysis. Makes me shiver just to write that.
The image here is a static link to the EEF website. The site author’s explain,
The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The Toolkit currently covers 34 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost.