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Curriculum Replacement with Open Content

November 16, 2010 1 comment

I have been in search of a traditional classroom teacher or school who has decided to embrace open content as their core curriculum. I have seen virtual schools, hybrids, and blended learning environments who are fully immersed in open content, but very interested to see if a traditional classroom has replaced their Houghton Mifflins and Pearsons textbooks with content such as wikibooks. For example, wikibooks has a comprehensive open Algebra curriculum online that has lessons, quizzes, and tests covering what a traditional major publisher would offer.

I am also trying to aggregate some of the many open content curriculum resources that teachers can use to replace their traditional textbooks. If you have a link or resource, I would appreciate the comments. Thanks!

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Student Management Platform

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

What in heavens is SSO SMP? What an acronym nightmare? It is probably not the best naming convention for my framework, but it is the only name I can come up with for the moment. SSO SMP stands for Single-Sign On Student Management Platform. It refers to my previous post about the All-In-One K12 Software Solution. The picture to the right is an image of the framework where the three major systems will intelligently integrate with each other. For those who are unaware of the three systems pictured to the right, CMS/LMS refers to Content Management System/Learning Management System (ex. Moodle), SIS refers to Student Information Systems (ex. PowerSchool), and SMS refers to Standards Management System (ex. Data Director).

How these systems intelligently integrate with each other is the missing component of SSO SMP? There are superior individual products that tackle respective systems, but there have been no clear solutions that tightly wovens the three systems together. Any venture capitalists interested in investing in a product?

This framework is a design collaboration between dwilson and hchan.

Socratech Seminars by Howard Chan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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EdTech Professional Development Resources

November 11, 2010 1 comment
Here is an aggregation of resources that I have used for edtech in the past few months. Thanks to my PLN for providing most of these resources.

Professional Development Opportunities

Looking outside of K12

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

There is no doubt that my PLN on Twitter has provided an abundance of quality information and resources in K12. I am connected to over a 1000 teachers, admins, edtechnologists, librarians, and “edu-minded” IT administrators. It has been a crucial part of my professional growth. As I continue to evaluate systems in education, from operational to instructional systems, I feel the need to look outside of my K12 PLN and expand my connections to other institutions, businesses, and organizations that can bring unique perspectives when applied to K12.

One area I am looking outside of K12 is data-analytic software. Data-informed instruction and operations will only help schools run more efficiently and effectively. Based on my previous post on The All-In-One K12 Software Solution, K12 products are just not ready for what I feel is needed for data-analytic software. This is where I feel the business world might have the products we are looking for if tweaked to K12 education. Companies like IBM’s SPSS, SAS and CRM solutions like Salesforce might provide some insight how we effectively use software to improve data-analytics.

Another area of the education model that has peaked my interest is e-learning. Often K12 institutions have looked to higher education for leading the way on e-learning products and virtual best-practices. While higher education provides great value, I have been actively researching how corporate training and professional development is being deployed across businesses. I went to DevLearn a couple years back in San Jose and found myself one of few K12 representatives attending. Despite being an outsider, I learned how many businesses were deploying virtual learning across their companies using game-based applications, virtual worlds, social networking, and mobile computing. The E-Learning Guild is an excellent resource for K12 folks to start researching because they have been tackling the digital learning industry intensively.

There are many other industries that will help expand my systems knowledge in how to effectively operate and educate students in K12. I want to expand my PLN to add folks in business, engineering, religious, non-profit, gaming, and fringe technologists who are bringing strategic change in their respective industry. In addition, I have found my PLN is US heavy, that needs to balance out to add PLN in other parts of the world. I am especially excited to start connecting with more PLN from Asia. Always appreciate connecting with PLN from #edbrunei.

The Socratic Method Resources

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

The All-In-One K12 Software Solution

November 4, 2010 5 comments

After researching and working with various educational technology tools available today, I am still in search for the all in one solution that will provide a flexible content & data-analytical software package that delivers personalized learning algorithms for our students. Ideally, the software platform will be completely cloud-based on a single sign-on package, where students can sign onto their account and access all their education applications that are completely inter-operable and integrated with each other. This will allow students to access their content and assessment tools on any hardware platform from mobile to desktop technologies. Within the software platform, teachers can package or create content from various education apps (similar to iPhone/iPad apps idea) to deliver to students. The applications cover the wide breadth of education strategies, from 21st century project-based learning tools, to standards-driven data analytic assessment tools that will provide informed statistics on how well our students are performing. Furthermore, the standards assessment data will be combined with student information systems to produce a comprehensive picture of our student. Using information such as learning styles, ELL data, behavior strategies, and interests of our students, the software platform can produce a learning algorithm for our individual student. Teachers can now differentiate curriculum and pull lessons that are relevant and engaging for each individual student. The data being produced will be in real-time allowing our students to know how they are performing while also providing strategies to assist in their learning path. The digital curriculum provided in this software platform will package content in various contexts, from electronic books, game-based learning, drill & kill, images, video, flash interactives, and collaborative assignments. And of course, we can’t forget RTI. I realize this seems a bit far fetch; however, I have seen many software platforms that produce certain aspects of the above quite successfully. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a comprehensive single sign-on solution that can put together all these needs into one package. If you are reading this blog post and have venture capital money, feel free to take my ideas and produce the platform for my schools. Thanks!

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