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Reconciling ADDIE and Agile

Instructional designers familiar with ADDIE don’t need to abandon their project-planning strategies or the vital stages of the ADDIE approach in order to adopt an agile approach. You can complete the various steps more quickly and cycle through them several times, with the goal to build usable (though not necessarily beautiful and perfect) iterations that can generate useful feedback from project stakeholders, and a superior final product that you complete on time and on budget.”

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Classroom Evolutions: The Benefits, Implications, and Implementation of Personalized Learning

Personalized instruction, also known as competency-based learning, has emerged as a holistic, student-centered approach to education. Characterized by the promotion of 21st century skills and the use of technology to create instructional pathways that incorporate students’ needs, interests, and aspirations, the most high-impact personalized learning programs are situated within a strong community of teachers, parents, and students.

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media

A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the way to Instagram have found their way into lesson plans across the globe. Whether you’re using all of the social media sites, some of them, or none of them at all, chances are that your students are using them. “

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8 key considerations for competency-based education

"How ready is your institution for competency-based education? Here are 8 questions to help get started With the recent signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the popularity of jobs training programs across the country, and the recent surge in the offerings of digital badges, competency-based education (CBE) is becoming a must for any  higher education institution looking to serve a broader pool of 21st-century students.”

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3 Ways EdTech Is Moving Beyond the Classroom

Lately all eyes seem to be on edtech, specifically technology’s role in education, especially in terms of how new offerings are reshaping the classroom. New tools are meant to help improve educators’ teaching abilities, help enhance the actual learning process and also help students become more tech-savvy. But while such tools are important to the overall education ecosystem, technology can also make an impact long before and after a lesson takes place.”

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Flip, blend and serve up a more enticing education through technology

Blended learning incorporates a mix of traditional face-to-face learning with digital learning techniques. One increasingly popular specialized version of blended learning, the “Flipped Classroom,” has been garnering a lot of attention lately as it sees increasing rates of adoption. In fact, the widely respected 2014 NMC Horizon Report lists the Flipped Classroom as a technology that is positioned for widespread adoption this year and next.”

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