Crafting flexible curriculum requires thinking beyond out-of-the-box approaches

Education Dive | January 23, 2019

California's Exeter Unified School District shifted its curriculum to buoy reading and math scores, hiring an outside consultant to help revamp reading intervention, add a 1:1 program, and integrate furniture that supported more collaborative learning, Superintendent Tim Hire wrote for eSchoolNews.Students were also given more autonomy in what they wanted to read, whether fiction or nonfiction, and educators can now more easily track student work and assess in real-time rather than once a quarter.This approach is also now used in math classes, encouraging students to locate multiple paths to get to their answer rather than one "correct" method, with scores rising 4.57% on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.Out-of-the-box curriculum models rarely work as written. Schools, after all, are hardly homogenized — they differ depending on the region they’re located, the students attending them, and the communities they serve. Curriculum instructors often play the role of tinkerers, finding what works for their schools and what needs to be changed for students to get the best outcomes.

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Internet users now-a-days have access to various devices with different screen sizes such as smartphones and tablets. These devices provide access to vast amounts of information and have become a necessity now.In eLearning too, it has become necessary to have courses that can be accessed on multiple devices because learners use different devices. The same content that they have access to on one device must be present when they return on other devices, to ensure consistency in the information they are seeking.

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Internet users now-a-days have access to various devices with different screen sizes such as smartphones and tablets. These devices provide access to vast amounts of information and have become a necessity now.In eLearning too, it has become necessary to have courses that can be accessed on multiple devices because learners use different devices. The same content that they have access to on one device must be present when they return on other devices, to ensure consistency in the information they are seeking.

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National Student Clearinghouse and iDatafy Partner to Build Certified Comprehensive Learner Record Solution on SmartResume Certified Talent Platform

iDatafy | March 01, 2022

iDatafy, an industry-leader in education technology, and the National Student Clearinghouse announced a partnership today that will make it easy for learners throughout the nation to create Comprehensive Learner Records on the SmartResume platform, while also connecting employers with diverse job talent in a new way. Through this partnership, learners using the Clearinghouse’s Myhub digital wallet will be able to connect their credentials to iDatafy’s SmartResume, IMS Global certified, Comprehensive Learner Record solution. The Myhub platform, which is FERPA compliant, provides an educational digital wallet containing verified academic credentials that empowers learners with a single, secure location to curate all achievements from a variety of sources. The SmartResume service will be free for the Clearinghouse’s education partners and learners to utilize. Employers will typically pay a fee to connect, recruit and hire certified job talent on the platform. Students nationwide whose college or university sign up to participate with the Clearinghouse can use this service. US-based learners may access their personal SmartResumes through the Myhub platform. “SmartResume is both the world’s first certified resume issuing platform and employer-to-job talent matching engine combined in one. By partnering with the National Student Clearinghouse, we can scale the value provided by SmartResume to education institutions, job seekers and employers on a national level. We could not ask for a more trusted partner to do so.” Ian Davidson, Chief Growth Officer, iDatafy “We are excited to provide learners throughout the nation another way to control and showcase their skills, abilities, and accomplishments in their comprehensive learner record and to provide our employer partners with a new way to discover certified job talent at the front end of the recruitment process, said Pepe Carreras, Vice President of Education Solutions, National Student Clearinghouse. “This new service is one more way the National Student Clearinghouse serves the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights.” About iDatafy LLC iDatafy®, founded in 2011, is a leading education technology company that has created the new SmartResume® certified talent platform. Trusted partners such as education institutions and workforce skill certifiers register academic achievements, leadership experience and certified workforce skills of their current and past student on our permissioned blockchain. The certifications are presented on customized SmartResumes that include links to the digital attestation by the trusted partners. The result is a resume that has been directly certified by a trusted institution and can now be used by the recipient to differentiate them when applying for a job. Employers now also have the ability to search for certified job talent in a way they were never able to do before. Both iDatafy® and SmartResume® are registered trademarks owned by iDatafy LLC. About the National Student Clearinghouse The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit formed in 1993, is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges. Besides working with nearly 3,600 postsecondary institutions, the Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

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Macmillan Learning Launches Virtual Professional Development Series on Improving Student Engagement for Better Outcomes

Macmillan Learning | August 23, 2021

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PPG Launches Virtual PPG Aerospace Academy Education Program

PPG | September 07, 2021

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