The most interesting thing in education right now may be competency-based learning (CBL). CBL allows students to show what they know through demonstrations of learning rather than pursuit of a letter grade earned through content knowledge and seat time. Many learning organizations adopting CBL aim to foster flexible pacing, to utilize new technology, and to […]

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Instructional Design
Student Experience

The summer months bring many educators to the water, be it oceans, lakes, or swimming pools. We close our laptops, put away the required reading, and try to clear our minds. No matter how much we try to get away from it all, there is a part of our teacherly minds that stands on another […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

What kind of learning should happen here? It’s a deceptively simple question, one that gets to the heart of why schools and other educational organizations exist. It’s also an increasingly important question as traditional modes of teaching and learning face scrutiny from a world demanding new ways of thinking and operating. It’s why GOA is […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

I worked for 8 years as an advisor and college counselor at Highline Big Picture High School in the Seattle area. (Highline Big Picture is part of a network of Big Picture Learning schools). The students AND the teachers created personalized learning plans each year. The learning plan was a Google Doc that had three […]

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Professional Development
Student Experience

Students and teachers too often fall into the trap of cranking out work, earning or awarding grades and moving on. Unfortunately, this leaves all parties feeling more urgency than agency when it comes to the work they do and the way they do it. In the worst cases, school becomes about completion and compliance rather than […]

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Online Learning
Student Engagement
Making Connections
Blended Learning
Student Experience

What should a high school graduate know and be able to do? THINK Global School (TGS) is an example of how one group of educators is putting a new vision for school into practice by asking that question. TGS is often often called The World’s First Traveling School and is a school literally with no […]

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Leadership
Student Experience

From April 27-30, more than 300 students from the GOA consortium presented at our Catalyst Conference, an online event that showcased student projects designed to spark change in local communities. The conference is the culmination of a capstone project where students were asked to transform learning from their courses into interactive, relevant presentations that can have real-world impact. Five […]

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Online Learning
Making Connections
Student Engagement
Student Experience

The Global Online Academy’s Catalyst Conference is this week, April 27-30. Here’s how you and your students can be involved. Details The Catalyst Conference is FREE and open to the public, not just GOA students and teachers. The website is: goaconference.org The entire experience is online and happens asynchronously over the course of four days. […]

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Online Learning
Blended Learning
Student Engagement
Student Experience

At GOA, we talk a lot about technology-enhanced learning, where educators leverage technology to rethink what the modern classroom looks like. We ask, how can we rethink time and place while staying connected to each other? AND, when every aspect of our lives is affected by the technology we use on a daily basis, why only […]

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Blended Learning
Leadership
Student Experience

Our students don’t speak edubabble. Don’t ask them about blended learning or growth mindsets. Definitely don’t use the word pedagogy! Instead, get them to talk about a new experience and why it matters to them and you’ll get a between-the-lines lesson in what matters most with teaching and learning today. While in Beijing last week […]

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Online Learning
Student Engagement
Student Experience
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