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Author: Sandra Dop

It Could Happen!

August 12, 2013 by
Sandra Dop

Sandra Dop

Remember Angels in the Outfield and the hopeful little boy who kept saying, “It could happen”?  One of the questions I get asked most often is why I think the transformation will actually happen this time.  Of course, this assumes that we have “been there, done that” before.  I think we have done many parts of what we are now calling competency- or proficiency-based education over the years.  And I believe there are at least three reasons it will work this time:

First, technology—both the technology teachers can use to record and report and the technology students can use to do the work.  Even our current student management systems are not enough, but there are companies developing some highly interactive, quality products that will give teachers the tools they need to record and then make sense of all the diverse data they will be collecting, as well as provide 24 X 7 access for students and parents.  Providing personalized instruction for even a handful of students was mindboggling before the internet brought the world into a hand held device—and before a generation of technologically savvy students moved into our classrooms. Now they can take ownership of their learning at school just like they do their learning outside of school. (more…)
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