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Collaborating with EdGate on K–12 OER Collaborative Grant

Victory is partnering with EdGate to develop the rapid prototype for high school math for the K–12 OER Collaborative. See the EdGate press release here. More Than Correlation Needed for OER Deployment When developing new materials in an OER environment, effective tools are needed for both developers and end users to maximize the benefit of…

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Design: The Secret Behind Effective Digital Learning Experiences – Part 1

The emerging world of simulations and game-based learning is gaining traction with students, teachers, and designers of digital learning environments. Why?

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Rapid Prototype for the K–12 OER Collaborative

Victory is proud to have been chosen to develop a rapid prototype for the K–12 OER Collaborative (see the press release below). We are developing high school mathematics. Open Educational Resources (OER), Standards, and What’s Next in Education As Jennifer Wolfe of The Learning Accelerator states, Victory and the other rapid prototype developers have significant…

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Why EdTech Is Key for Personalized Learning…But Content Is Still King

In this video, I share some thoughts on EdTech and personalized learning. If your preferred mode is reading, the transcript is below the video.

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Why Instrument an Educational Simulation?

In earlier blogs, I showed how we are using metacog to instrument some of our prototype TEIs (technology enhanced items). The idea is simple: as thousands or millions of learners use a DLO (digital learning object), their actions can be streamed anonymously to the metacog™ servers. This happens in the background without interfering with the…

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The Next Wave of Competency Portfolios

Victory’s spin-off, metacog, is up and running. As with any breakthrough technology, it may take some time for people to realize its full potential. One promising area has been getting a lot of buzz lately: competency portfolios. Originally, portfolios were the domain of artists or architects, and competency portfolios retain a visual emphasis. You want…

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Talking to the Test—Spanish Localization

When people ask us to do a translation project, one of the first things to resolve is: Will localization be required? Localization depends on the target market. A translation for a Texas market will be different from one for New York or Florida. Localization is especially important for high-stakes assessment, where accessibility is paramount. Whether…

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Talking to the Test: Translation or Transadaptation?

There’s a reason why people use the phrase “lost in translation.” Often, there’s more than one path to achieve a good translation, and rarely is the path a straight one. As translators, we have to navigate carefully so we don’t lose our way. Sometimes, we need to use alternate routes to convey meaning from one…

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EdTech Tip: Using Screencasts for Feedback

I once worked for an editorial director who held us to a very high standard: If even one student could misinterpret our text, then it was unclear. We went back and forth as to whether this was a realistic goal, but it certainly improved our products. I often think back to it when we direct…

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Talking to the Test: The Learning Continuum

Picture this: An urban middle school is on a new journey this year – project-based learning (last year it was standards-based grading). But this initiative is here to stay, the administrators promise. With little background and a whole lot of excitement, teachers engage in weekly team collaboration time. Through a grant, every teacher gets a…

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