“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that learners lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income learners.
Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles.
In their first and second year using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), many organizations evaluate the success of their implementation based on teacher adoption rather than the impact that adoption is having on teaching and learning.
A recent broadcast on San Francisco’s Public Radio, KQED, reviewed the studied benefits that regular family dinner offers to children.
It seemed obvious to our new Chief Product Officer, Wayne Poncia, formerly of Junyo, that the accomplishments of our client base are the greatest asset we have as a company. To celebrate the accomplishments of some of these schools, I have managed three short film projects at Hapara client sites over the past three months.
The shift towards digital workflows, the move towards assessment and the adoption of standards has transformed schools into a data rich environment. There is a wealth of knowledge to uncover from the intersection of student assessment data, attendance records, demographics from the SIS, feeds from instrumented classrooms, and a variety of other sources. However, finding the data that matters requires more work than simply loading these datasets into an analytics suite.
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A recent EdSurge article discusses bridging the trust gap between parents and schools regarding student privacy.
The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. The book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world.