We talk to teachers and educators every day, but attending conferences like iNACOL really amplifies their conversations and reveals some of the big trends happening in K12 education. Below are the top 4 topics we heard trending at iNACOL 2016.
The theme of this year’s iNACOL Symposium was “Innovation for Equity,” and the role that technology and blended learning can play in bringing more equal learning experiences to all students was evident throughout the Symposium.
— Lee Ellen Harmer (@LeeEllenHarmer) October 27, 2016
— iNACOL (@nacol) October 27, 2016
“We need to close the empathy and equity gaps in education!” Yes! #inacol16
— Sarah Morinville (@morinvilles) October 27, 2016
Competency Based Learning
Another topic we heard a lot about at iNACOL was competency based learning – focusing on helping learners build the skills they need to be successful and allowing them to progress when a skill is mastered, not when the unit is over.
— FWISD Curriculum (@FWISDCurriculum) October 26, 2016
— Jessica Lura (@msjlura) October 26, 2016
What’s the investment in teacher professional learning that needs to happen to make competency-based education a possibility? #inacol16
— Daniel Allen (@schoolmadefresh) October 26, 2016
Technology allows us to build learning experiences in ways that just weren’t possible before. At a blended learning conference like iNACOL, personalized learning is always a big topic. This year, personalized learning conversations centered around using data to tailor learning experiences and honoring student voice.
— Elaine Plybon (@eplybon) October 26, 2016
— Adam Lindstrom (@AdamDLindstrom) October 27, 2016
— Maria Worthen (@mariaworthen) November 1, 2016
— Gina Rogers (@grogers1010) October 26, 2016
Navigating the 1:1 Transition
Computers in schools aren’t new and every year learners are doing more learning on devices. As schools ramp up 1:1 and blended learning programs, they’re still figuring out how to make those programs work best for their learners and teachers alike. This year, discussions about making the 1:1 transition focused heavily on building professional learning programs to support teachers and setting clear expectations of the goals and purpose of technology.
— Michelle Davis (@EWmdavis) October 28, 2016
— Bryan Setser (@BryanSetser) October 26, 2016
— Adam Lindstrom (@AdamDLindstrom) October 26, 2016