15 01, 2020

5 Steps to Effective Curriculum Planning

2019-12-31T00:36:16-05:00 January 15th, 2020|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Computerized Adaptive Testing is a form of computerized testing that adapts based on the answers provided by the test-taker.

26 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Computerized Adaptive Testing

2019-12-23T23:11:50-05:00 December 26th, 2019|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Computerized Adaptive Testing is a form of computerized testing that adapts based on the answers provided by the test-taker.

18 12, 2019

Our Top 5 Content Development Articles of 2019

2019-12-18T13:08:26-05:00 December 18th, 2019|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

As we get ready to welcome 2020, we thought it would be a great idea to recap 2019 with our top 5 articles written this year.

11 12, 2019

Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Computer Science Curriculum

2019-12-11T16:12:32-05:00 December 11th, 2019|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Without a doubt, creating a computer science curriculum can be a bit challenging. There are a ton of variables and plenty of room for mistakes.

9 10, 2019

Adding Virtue to 21st Century Learning

2019-10-03T10:25:41-05:00 October 9th, 2019|Critical thinking, curriculum, ELA, Empathy|0 Comments

'Decency is what your grandmother taught you!' a beleaguered Morgan Freeman appeals to a frenzied courtroom in the film version of "Bonfire of the Vanities." This scene reveals public figures of authority and private citizens alike on the verge of bankrupting what little moral inventory they still retained after a series of related circumstances and opportunities. Meanwhile, in real life, a celebrated attorney goes on TV to confirm that lying to Congress is a crime, but simultaneously asserts that criminalizing lying itself (to the press, for example) would be an abridgment of our First Amendment rights -- possibly true, but a head-shaking premise, to be sure, in considering how reprehensible lies and dishonesty are commonly held to be .  In the spirit that it does indeed "take a village," here are 5 ways to add virtue to the 21st century learning. 1) Bring Back the Classics  A good story often teaches the best lessons. The epics, poetry, theatre, and other literature of Antiquity through the late Renaissance is generationally revered for its exploration of human nature. [...]

28 08, 2019

3 Connections Between Learning Standards and Performance-Based Assessments

2019-08-27T19:58:01-05:00 August 28th, 2019|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

What are performance-based assessments (PBA)? Here's an example to help you understand PBAs. Let’s think about verbs. Regardless of your level of interest in sentence structure, the word verb most likely brought one thing to mind: action. The physical act of doing something. Now, what verb in the following standard do you consider most significant?  Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the Sun and the force of gravity. If you picked develop, congratulations! That’s what the middle-school science student has to do in this case: create something to describe something else. Both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards are all about action, regardless of the age of the student. So, how does a student develop a model on a traditional multiple-choice assessment? Chances are, this question made you pause a bit and think about it. Can a model be made by choosing A, B, C, or D? Kind of. You can definitely complete a model by selecting the correct answer. You [...]

10 07, 2019

Putting Micro-credentials to Practice for K12 Professional Development

2019-07-10T10:22:05-05:00 July 10th, 2019|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, micro-credentialing, Professional Development|0 Comments

Micro-credentials might be just the right approach for your district’s professional development program. Think smaller and a more focused format. That’s microcredentials in a nutshell. How does micro-credentialing work? Professionals complete a discrete, competency-based task. The organization offering micro-credentials can then issue badges, continuing education credits, or other verification of completion. Putting it in practice Let’s say a K12 school district typically offers face-to-face courses for teachers’ professional development. Teachers sign on and attend a number of hours of training and are then awarded continuing professional development, or CPD, credit for participating in those workshop trainings. Instead, how about changing the format to something like this. Redesign learning using the micro-credentials and change the components in the following manner. Plan shorter sessions Since educators already have a lot on their plate, why not shorten the units? It’s easier for busy educators to fit a 15- or 30-minute professional development session into their busy schedules. Use a skill-based program The second approach is to modify the learning to be skill-based and related to on-the-job tasks. [...]

3 07, 2019

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences Part 3: Integrating Authentic Learning in the Curriculum

2019-07-09T15:09:22-05:00 July 3rd, 2019|Course Writers, curriculum, Curriculum Planning, Educational Content, eLearning|0 Comments

This is the third installment in a four-part blog series about authentic learning experiences. In the first part we focused on what authentic learning is. The second part looked at how to develop authentic learning experiences. This post shows you how to integrate these learning experiences into your existing curriculum. Authentic learning sounds great in theory. Who wouldn’t want to give students real-world practice with what they’re learning? You’re just having trouble figuring out how you can incorporate it into your curriculum. It may seem overwhelming. These suggestions will show you just how easy it is to incorporate authentic learning into any curriculum. You may have already integrated it in your course design. Videos You can use videos to show students exemplars of procedures and techniques they’ve learned. You can stop videos at specific instances to ask students pointed questions.  The videos guide your discussion and help students see a visual representation of what they’re learning Additionally, videos can also allow students to show rather than tell their learning. They have the opportunity to put the [...]