January 2019 Newsletter
Course review work comes naturally to EdGate. After all, our team of SMEs has spent the last 20+ years reviewing lessons, textbooks, etc. for K-12 publishers to ascertain how they align to standards. As online courses have become more prevalent, we have honed our skills to include not just reviewing courses in the four core subjects, but also Health & PE, World Languages, Art, Technology Education, Library Media, and CTE. Fast forward to 2019 and we are now an approved online courseware reviewer for multiple departments of education, including the Missouri Department of Education. Publishers have been busily submitting K-12 courses and virtual school programs to Missouri. These courses will be offered to over 500 LEAs and offer “any time, any place” learning for Missouri students, including students who are in alternative education settings; students who are on home and hospital instruction; or in situations where there are no qualified teachers to teach the course. Please contact EdGate for information on the course alignment evaluation process for Missouri.
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A vast number of companies are investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as computers have to be programmed to understand what next logical step to take with AI and ML. For computers to “see” and “hear” requires a plethora of data points and algorithms. At the same time, society needs to be ready to embrace, and as needed, challenge this technology. As students engage in STEM activities and learn about computers and programming, they should also consider what the implications will be for them and society as technology advances. While creating new capabilities for computers to learn and improve our lives, consideration should also be given to issues that may infringe on privacy and personal rights. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) are leading the AI4K12 (Artificial Intelligence for K-12) steering committee in an effort to educate students in the need to balance how AI and ML should be used and what ethical criteria AI and ML systems should be required to meet.
At least a dozen states and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards include concepts on ethics in their computer science/technology education standards. EdGate’s repository includes the computer science/technology education standards for numerous states, as well as the CSTA standards. If you have computer science/technology education content and need assistance in aligning these to standards, or if you have questions, please contact our Account Executives for more information.
Read more on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and Ethics at these links. What K-12 Students Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Why Social Studies is Becoming AI Studies
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
According to a recent report from New America, the Boston Public Schools have improved learning outcomes among students in pre-k through second grade by developing a curriculum that connects seamlessly from one year to the next. As pre-k teachers researched and developed plans to provide "equitable learning opportunities, culturally sustaining practices, and high expectations for what young children can learn," they realized that whatever skills the children learned would be lost unless their plans were implemented and sustained in kindergarten, first and second grades.
The teachers understood that for these plans to continually improve, they needed to included data from teachers, parents and instructional coaches. With the plans' emphasis on the interactions between students and teachers, it was important to provide guided professional development. Thus, the Boston school system has been bringing teachers together during the summer to discuss the needs and learning styles of their students.
In time, these newly developed plans for improved learning earned the titles, Focus on K2, Focus on First, and Focus on Second, each using a similar format as that used in the pre-K classroom and all aligned from kindergarten through second grade whereby skills build upon each other from the previous year. The current programs give students opportunities to engage in a variety of activities involving peer collaboration, using independent literacy stations and telling stories that are then acted out. In addition, students practice a "Thinking and Feedback Protocol," an activity that encourages active listening, sharing and caring about others through peer evaluation of student projects.
The New America report mentions that Boston, as well as other districts, still need to garner support from principals. In order for these plans for improved learning to succeed, principals need to become more knowledgeable about the importance of early childhood education.
Focus on K2 is a comprehensive, integrated curriculum that combines the most current research on teaching and learning and supports the high standards for achievement put forth in the Common Core State Standards. To learn more about his curriculum visit https://www.bpsearlylearning.org/focus-on-k2/.
Visit http://correlation.edgate.com/ to learn more about Common Core Standards and EdGate's continually updated repository of Early Childhood Education standards, which includes all U.S. States, Washington D.C. and Head Start for students ages 0 to 5.
By: Alex Alo
While EdGate is known for aligning publisher's curriculum to standards, we persistently work to provide new and cost-effective solutions to address the needs of all clients on any scale.
With this, we have implemented a new feature within our API, providing the ability to suggest key terms based on customer metadata. This service analyzes textual metadata associated with a resource and returns search terms or keywords that would be useful in locating that resource. The metadata used for the analysis can be the resource title, descriptions, or any other details provided by the client. The service can be accessed through EdGate's API or via the ExACT tool, or the metadata can be supplied to EdGate for processing and results delivered via our bulk download service.
How is this beneficial to a client? Creation of search terms can have several benefits; the client can, for example, collate the terms found for their content into a list and use it to provide suggestions for their users or to sort their content into categories. Being able to create search terms automatically requires no specially trained personnel and is much less time-consuming than performing this task with human reviewers. Additionally, the search terms can be used as input for EdGate’s ExACT AutoAlign, our correlation recommendation tool, allowing the additional creation of correlations to state standards.
The recommended use for this feature is for clients that have large quantities of content that is not amenable to detailed review by subject matter experts (videos, in particular), clients who need a group of terms for organizational purpose; or need key terms in addition to correlations.
To learn more about the Automated Search Term Creation or EdGate's ExACT AutoAlign visit: http://correlation.edgate.com/correlation-recommendation-tool
By: Heather Hawthorne
Curriculum Matrix Updates
In the last few weeks, 960 new resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below
California State University
Kids National Geographic
Stanford University Press (American Yawp)
Utah Education Network
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
Arizona - Computer Science (2018 – Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12)
- Australia – Queensland – Social Studies (2014 – Grades 11-12)
- Australia – Victorian Curriculum – Arts Education (2017 – Grades K,1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8,9-10)
- Australia – Victorian Curriculum – Health and PE (2016 – Grades K,1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8,9-10)
- Australia – Victorian Curriculum – Technology (2018 – Grades K-2,3-4,5-6,7-8,9-10)
- Brasil National Common Curricular Base (English) – Mathematics (2018 – Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-12)
- Brasil National Common Curricular Base (English) – Social Studies (2018 – Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-12)
- Brasil National Common Curricular Base (Portuguese) – English Language Arts (2018 – Grades 6,7,8,9)
- Brasil National Common Curricular Base (Portuguese) – Mathematics (2018 – Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-12)
- Brasil National Common Curricular Base (Portuguese) – Science (2018 – Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-12)
- Brasil National Common Curricular Base (Portuguese) – Social Studies (2018 – Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-12)
- California – Computer Science (2018 – Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12)
- Cambridge IGCSE American History 0409 (2016/First Exam 2019 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Geography 0600 (2017/First Exam 2020 – Grades KS4-KS)
- Cambridge IGCSE History 0416 (2015/First Exam 2017 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level 9709 (2016/First Exam 2019)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level 9709 (2017/First Exam 2020)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology 9700 (2016/First Exam 2019 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level Chemistry 9701 (2016/First Exam 2019 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level English 9093, 9695, 8695 (2016/First Exam 2019 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level English 9093, 9695, 8695 (2017/First Exam 2020 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Cambridge International AS & A Level Physics (2017/First Exam 2019 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- College Board QP U.S. History Course Description (2017 – Grades 9-12)
- Hawaii Core Standards for Social Studies (2018 – K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Indiana – Language Arts (2014/2017 Updates – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12)
- Los Angeles Archdiocese Religion Standards (2018 – PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
- Maryland – American Government Framework (2018 – Grades 9-12)
- Maryland – World History Framework (2018 – Grades 9-12)
- Maryland Middle School United States History Framework (2018 – Grades 6-8)
- Mississippi – Social Studies (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Nevada – Early Childhood (2011 – Ages 0-4,5-8,9-12,13-18,19-24,24-30,30-36, 36mo)
- North Dakota Early Childhood (2018 – Ages 0-9,8-18,16-36,36-48,48-60)
- United Kingdom AS & A Level History (2014 – Grades: KS4-KS5)
- West Virginia Arts Education (2017 – Grades: PreK)
- West Virginia English Language Arts (2017 – Grades: PreK)
- West Virginia Mathematics (2017 – Grades: PreK)
- West Virginia Science (2017 – Grades: PreK)
- West Virginia Social Emotional Learning (2017 – Grades: PreK)
- West Virginia Wellness (2017 – Grades: PreK)
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