Getting wise about using data to improve student learning

Maggie Hos-McGrane writes about a recent Data wise workshop that she attende

The idea behind Data Wise, which is an initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is that learning from data contributes to building an effective school and to helping the school continue to improve its performance, through aligning the instructional programme with strong standards.  It is through the collaboration of educators who are committed to working together to develop the skills and knowledge of all children that the improvement will be implemented so that students will develop the skills they need for the future.

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See also work in the last three years including two international conferences on Learning Analytics – and go book your place for LAK13 too !


A turning point for education? Trends to watch in 2012

WW Education Insights questions whether 2012 will be a turning point for education. Whilst the blog is a Microsoft one which features Microsoft related initiatives, they note a number of trends including data driven learning, a fresh look at methodologies, the impact of devices, digital curriculum and others

While many schools will use the opportunity to save money on traditional textbooks to fund devices, schools have to think about this holistically and not just buy a device to replace a textbook. Digitizing textbooks in and of itself is not transformative, but by focusing on the entire learning continuum and how digital curriculum and content created by students and teachers can be connected to back-end systems that can link the student outcomes to assessments, personalized learning and increased student achievement…now that’s transformative change

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