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Standards Update - September 2018

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

Gordon Freedman’s OER @ 16, “Where are You?”

Gordon Freedman, President at the National Laboratory for Educational Transformation, recently reflected on the past  sixteen years of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in his short essay, “OER @ 16, “Where are You?” In tracing the movement from its beginnings in the early 2000s into today's MOOC and OER saturated landscape, Freedman calls for the ushering in of a second phase of the OER revolution.

Universal Pre-K

The benefits of pre-K education has been widely shown and commonly agreed upon but the hope for universal pre-K has not yet come to fruition. The varying degree of programs funded across the country show the lack of consensus among states to support the cause.

EdGate Supports the CASE Identifiers

We are following the OpenSALT project, which aims to bring state and Common Core standards into the CASE format. The CASE specification was developed with the intention of providing a format that is machine-readable.  This allows standards using that format to be acquired and imported into a database efficiently, rather than having to convert from word processing document, HTML, or PDF formats.

Standards Update - August 2018

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

Iowa dedicates $1 million to train teachers to teach computer science

Recognizing the necessity of computer skills in today's technology-driven society, the Iowa board of Education has begun to encourage their schools to teach computer science as early as kindergarten and continuing through grade 12. The goal being introductory instruction in elementary grades, exploratory instruction in middle school, and computer science in high school.

Is Kinder too Young for Career Education?

California's Cajon Valley Union School District is addressing the question "How young is too young to start introducing students to future careers?" Cajon Valley implemented their "World of Work" program starting in kindergarten this year! Five-year-olds learn about police officers, doctors, artists, teachers, bakers and farmers.

ESSA: Changes and how it relates to EdGate

In fall of 2018, many U.S. districts will begin full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While multifaceted, the law’s most exciting feature may be the focus on classroom technology. For the first time, concepts such as “digital learning” and “blended learning” are addressed in legislation. Now more than ever technology is seen as imperative to addressing some of education’s greatest challenges, such as how to differentiate instruction for classrooms in which students of varying backgrounds, abilities, and interests are learning together.

Standards Update - July 2018

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

Reminder, New Subject Classifications are coming!

EdGate is creating two new subjects, Technology Education and Library Media. The standards and content aligned for this subject are currently housed as Media Technology. These two new subjects will replace Media Technology.