June 2015 - Top Stories

How Washington Is Using OERs to Support Common Core

When the Washington State OER Project was launched in 2012 the legislature saw this as a chance to both save districts money and improve instructional material quality.

Teachers Don't Want More Data, They Want Better Data

Do you know what a UUID or GUID is?

UUIDs and GUIDs are technical terms generally used by people working in the technical or IT departments of organizations. The GUID designation is an industry standard defined by Microsoft to provide a reference number which is unique in any context. UUID is a term that stands for Universal Unique Identifier. Similarly, GUID stands for Globally Unique Identifier. So basically, two terms for the same thing. They can be used, just like a product number, as a unique reference for an academic standard or content title.

Nonacademic skills

Almost from the time standards were first brought into the educational world, educators have been trying to pinpoint the elusive skills that students need to become successful in working life, regardless of their chosen field. It has become a commonplace that success is not merely a matter of what students know, but how they apply it. But what are these skills, and where do they fit into the curriculum?

Common Core - First 5 Years

In the last five years, the Common Core State Standards have certainly had quite a ride...and had to develop some tough skin along the way. By 2011, 46 states plus D.C. had adopted the Common Core for their language arts and math standards; the 4 states of Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia never adopted. While the science and social studies were never developed as originally planned, applying the language arts 'Literacy' standards for reading and writing to existing science and social studies standards seem to suffice.

Taxonomies

In recent weeks we've noticed an increase in inquiries related to our taxonomy services and most recent, a request to customize a taxonomy for categorizing content.

Correlation User Interface Data Analytics

Attention all EdGate Correlation User Interface (CUI) clients! We need your help.

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May 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Digital Content/Video Team, Holly Newman Dzyban.

May 2015 - Top Stories

Some Districts are Bringing New Science Standards to Classrooms Early

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have formally adopted the Next Generation Science standards. However, in states such as Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania, which have not yet adopted the standards, some districts are moving ahead with the Next Generation Science Standards anyway.