Starting this spring, students at K-12 schools across the country will participate in the new online assessments required under Common Core. But are schools really ready for this transition—or do they have more than a little ways to go before they get there? We asked SmartBrief on EdTech readers to let us know how prepared – or not! – their schools are for these tests.

The majority of schools are not ready for the new assessments, according to our findings. More than two-thirds of our readers – or 69% — report that their school is not ready but that it is “getting there.” Less than one-fourth of EdTech readers (24%) say their school is fully prepared to roll out the assessments.

Results were similar for students and teacher preparation. Only 15% of readers stated that their teachers were prepared to issue the tests; 51% said their teachers aren’t ready. Fifty percent of respondents stated that their students are not prepared for the tests and that they lack the computer skills needed to complete the assessments. (read more…)

Tech Tips is a content collaboration between SmartBrief Education and GreyED Solutions.

Checking for understanding at the most basic level in the classroom has historically included teachers observing the body language of his or her students. Are they making eye contact? Are they nodding and showing indications that they are following the concept being discussed, or are they staring quizzically at you with a furrowed brow? When instruction shifts in the classroom to a more personalized and digital approach, teachers find that they are observing and facilitating a class of heads that are bent down into devices.

Leveraging technology is an excellent way for teachers to address this, using formative assessments through any number of digital tools to check for student understanding. The benefits to this are great; allowing teachers and students real time feedback to aid in the modification and personalization of instruction in the classroom. Embedding these conversation and the necessary training for teachers to feel comfortable utilizing these practices in an essential component to successes in your 1:1 classrooms. (read more…)

Two leading education publishers have joined forces to bring timely, relevant, and thought-provoking stories to K-12 and higher-education leaders and decision-makers. SmartBrief and eSchool Media will feature stories in their respective publications: SmartBrief on EdTech and eSchool News and SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader and eCampus News. The content, which is written by industry experts, will cover a variety of topics in the K-12 ed tech and higher-education spaces.

“Our work with eSchool Media will help ensure K-12 and higher education leaders have access to the latest information and insight to help make more informed decisions for their schools, districts, careers, and institutions,” says Melissa Greenwood, senior education editor for SmartBrief.

Later this year the publications will co-publish original content written by educators, for educators from some of the most well-respected and forward-thinking K-12 and higher ed leaders.

“We are thrilled and honored to be working with such an important news source for the education industry. (read more…)

P2WContent series: SmartBrief Education brings you coverage of Path to Workforce. Find out what workforce, K-12 and higher-education leaders say about collaboration between education institutions and industry. Also learn about experts’ Path to Workforce predictions for 2015.

Collaboration between education institutions and industry is an important component of workforce development, according to a recent survey in ACTE STEM SmartBrief and SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader.

A majority of STEM educators — 45.45% — who responded said K-12 should connect with industry and community to design stronger pathways to workforce. About 23% of higher education respondents echoed this call.

So how can stakeholders strengthen such partnerships? We posed that question to our SmartBrief on Workforce readers.

Developing internship programs is the most effective way for employers to collaborate with education institutions, according to 58.26% of respondents.

Partnerships with vocational schools and community colleges came in second, with 28.7% of the vote. (read more…)

Student engagement. Motivation. Creativity. Excitement! Gaming and making are reshaping the educational experience for students worldwide, creating a bridge between the classrooms of yesterday and the learning spaces of tomorrow. (read more…)