September 2018 Newsletter
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the news every day, EdGate is keenly aware that we are sitting on a treasure trove of data that can enable publishers to use AI to personalize learning for students. In fact, EdGate already supports IBM’s Watson Education in their work to personalize learning for students. Between the five million standards in the EdGate repository, the thousands of taxonomical terms (educational concepts) that have been meticulously correlated to learning outcomes (educational standards), and EdGate’s robust library of standards-aligned open educational resources (OER), EdGate is well-positioned to help publishers individualize learning. Publishers count on EdGate to constantly update standards as soon as the states approve them. Our taxonomy grows when the industry does (case in point, SEL concepts now available!) and our library of OER is refreshed weekly. Internally, our API capabilities are continually refined to pave the way for AI. Stay tuned in the coming months for more on this front!
As always, EdGate is your source for staying current with new developments in education and the impact of educational standards.
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Perhaps the greatest trend in modern education is the move towards individualized learning. Emerging in concert—and possibly as a result of this development has been artificial intelligence developed for K-12 needs (AIED). Often going unnoticed, AIED has become ever more prevalent in the classroom, and will surely continue to impact teaching and learning.
While still in its infancy, AIED has shown promise and aptitude for a number of classroom tasks such as responding to gaps and misconceptions in student understanding with immediate pinpointed feedback and practice exercises. AIED is perhaps most valuable when easing the burdens of administrative duties and allowing teachers to better meet the needs of all students. Potentially, the rise of AIED in classrooms will translate to less time spent on administrative tasks, and more time teaching and facilitating learning.
Despite the clearly huge potential of AIED doubts remain regarding the wisdom of handing increasing control to technology. Ethical issues around privacy compounded with fears of students spending more and more time in front of screens and less time socializing with peers are raising questions around how much technology is too much. In any case, administrators, educators and families will proceed with caution, while seeking solutions that ensure the benefits outweigh the risks concerning classroom technology.
EdGate Correlation Services maintains tremendous amounts of metadata related to standards and learning concepts. The potential of this data is practically limitless, but can be used to advance the ends of AIED by finding gaps in student understanding and suggesting additional concepts.
For more on Artificial Intelligence in Education:
By: Brian Ely
With a shortage in the workforce of candidates with adequate computer science skills, Tennessee has approved computer science standards for students in kindergarten through grade 8. Slated for implementation next year, students will be expected to demonstrate proper keyboarding skills and proficiency in the use of technology. Students will also be expected to understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning. In the younger grades, the focus will be on computer basics and protecting their private information. Middle school students will be coding and learning information-processing skills. Moreover, they will explore careers in computer science. EdGate has these computer science standards listed in the queue for correlation and loading into the repository in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. If you have questions about these standards, please contact your Project Manager.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
The idea that the transition to adulthood starts in preschool is behind educational reform in the Kankakee School District in Illinois, where conversations about college and careers start when children first enter the classroom and continue as their learning progresses towards high school graduation.
Young children have a specific idea of what careers such as doctor or policeman entail. A doctor helps when you are sick and a policeman catches "bad guys." Most students have no idea what is necessary to earn an M.D. and the plethora of careers a medical degree could support. In the College and Career Academy classrooms in Kankakee elementary schools, each grade focuses on a different range of careers. Students are able to explore a variety of fields and discover what they are interested in. "For example, first graders focus on careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources; third graders focus on engineering, outer space, and plant life."
During the school year, students undertake four large-scale projects that align with their grade-level focus and appropriate state standards. Kankakee uses the supplementary curriculum, Defined STEM, which breaks down tasks by grade level, subject, and standard. As students enter middle and high school, they participate in career-investment inventories and choose from various educational tracks, including Freshman Academy, Business Academy, and Medical Academy. An emphasis on project-based learning teaches students the collaborative skills needed to enter the workforce.
To learn more about early college and career readiness visit https://www.definedstem.com/blog/college-and-career-readiness-starts-in-kindergarten/
To get information on STEM standards offered by EdGate, visit http://correlation.edgate.com/standards/index.html
By: Alex Alo
Curriculum Matrix Updates
In the last few weeks, 2,800 new resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below
Common Sense Media
Crash Course (YouTube)
Folger Digital Texts
Georgia Virtual Learning
What So Proudly We Hail
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Arizona Expanded Core Curriculum for the Visually Impaired (2013 – Grades PK,K,1-3,4-8,9-12)
- California CTE – Arts, Media and Entertainment (2013 – Grades 7-CU)
- California CTE – Manufacturing and Product Development (2013 – Grades 7-CU)
- Cambridge IGCSE Additional Mathematics (0459) (First Exam 2019 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Biology (0971) (First Exam 2020-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (0439) (First Exam 2016-2018 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (0620) (First Exam 2020-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (0971) (First Exam 2020-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Economics (0455) (First Exam 2020-2022 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management (0690) (First Exam 2019-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Physical Science (0652) (First Exam 2019-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Physics (0625) (First Exam 2020-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Physics (0972) (First Exam 2020-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Science Combined (0653) (First Exam 2019-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Science Co-Ordinated - Double (0654) (First Exam 2019-2021 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- College Board AP Government and Politics (2018 – Grades 9-12)
- Finland National Core Curriculum – Mathematics (2014 – Grades 1-2,3-6,7-9,10-12)
- Idaho Content Standards – Science (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12)
- India CBSE Foundation of Information Technology (FIT) (2018 – Grades 10,11,12)
- Iowa Early Learning Standards (2017 – Ages: Birth-3 years, 3 years-5 years)
- New York Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks (2018 – Grades K-3,4-5,6-8,9-10,11-12)
- Ohio's Learning Standards for Science (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Oklahoma Computer Science (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Responsive Classroom A+ SEL Competencies (2018 – Grades K-8)
- Texas TEKS Streamlined Science (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- United Kingdom GCE AS and A Level Business (2015 – Grades KS4-KS5)
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