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December 15, 2016
A 2015 survey of over 900,000 public school students found that only 50% of students are engaged in their learning. The same survey found that engaged students are nearly 5x more likely than their disengaged peers to self-identify as a successful student. How do we prioritize student joy so that more learners find success in the classroom and in life? During a recent webinar, we asked educators to weigh in and share how they're prioritizing student joy in their district.Continue Reading...
November 2, 2016
At eSpark Learning, we want to reimagine classrooms so that they’re student-centered, allowing students to succeed in school and in life. I’m really proud of our product that we have today, shaped in large part by the school districts we’ve partnered with over the years.
The trajectory of eSpark Learning has been marked by what I like to call “magic moments,” instances in which fearless educators and administrators have aligned with our team to work towards a vision in which every student, regardless of circumstance or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream.
Having just celebrated our company’s sixth anniversary, I reflected on a few of the magic moments that have pushed us to where we are today and exemplify the grit, innovation, and healthy skepticism of the district leaders we work with.Continue Reading...
October 19, 2016
In order to prepare students for the jobs of the future, teachers are eager for resources that contextualize math and ELA standards within their students’ world. Until now, there’s been a shortage of readily accessible activities and projects that allow students to creatively apply what they learn in school to answer the complex questions they’ll encounter in college and careers. To that end, school districts across the country are renewing the emphasis they place on the 4Cs—creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration—by harnessing the power of differentiated instruction and classroom technology. Read on to find out how teachers are using Frontier, a new web-based program, to nurture these skills through creative projects about topics students care about.Continue Reading...
August 26, 2016
By 2020, Google Apps for Education is predicted to have over 110 million users, due in part to the ease with which districts can use Google’s free suite of tools to encourage classroom collaboration. But many districts are failing to tap into the more innovative uses of GAFE, missing opportunities to nurture creativity and critical thinking in students.
During a recent webinar, we asked educators to share the most innovative uses of Google Apps for Education that they’ve seen in their district. Here are highlights from what they shared.
August 1, 2016
In a recent TED Talk, Dr. Michael Nagler advocated for student-centered learning, saying, “If I give students choice in the work that they’re doing, then they’re more likely to be engaged and produce better products. Choice matters.” Students need to do more than master skills and standards in order to find success after graduation. Until recently, many educators felt that creativity, a defining attribute of many successful people regardless of their industry or educational background, couldn’t be taught in a classroom.Continue Reading...