Credit Flexibility: An Overview for Gifted Educators


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PowerPoint slides from a recent presentation by Eric Calvert of Learning|Connective to Ohio gifted educators involved in local planning for credit flexibility policy implementation.

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  • Mobile internet speeds doubling every year, expanding coverage. Majority of cell phones will be “smart” phones in next 2-3 years. In 2000, 1 billion people worldwide had cellphones. Now it’s 4 billion – ¾ of them are in developing countries. This year, the number of people with cell phones will surpass the number of people with reliable access to clean water.
  • Credit Flexibility: An Overview for Gifted Educators

    1. 3. <ul><li>Accelerating globalization of work, education, life </li></ul><ul><li>Automation of increasingly complex tasks (e.g. Ohio manufacturing output and employment trends) </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical disintegration, outsourcing of business = decline of lifetime employment, rise of small business </li></ul><ul><li>“ Model T” to “mass customization” and “long tail” economics </li></ul><ul><li>Exponential acceleration of scientific discovery, technological progress </li></ul><ul><li>Transition from education as phase of life to learning as unending part of life </li></ul>
    2. 4. <ul><li>Performance/$ of computers doubling every year. By time next year’s freshman leave college, same money buys PC 500X more powerful than today’s. $500 of computing power today will cost $1. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtually all of human knowledge available to everyone, everywhere, all the time, on demand </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century will see as much technological progress as previous 200 combined </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 th Century’s worth of change by 2025 </li></ul></ul>
    3. 5. <ul><li>How can we predict the content that will have value to our students in the future? </li></ul><ul><li>If we can’t accurately predict, how can we “future-proof” the education we provide our students today? </li></ul>
    4. 6. <ul><li>Students must learn how to learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop self-knowledge, ability to self-motivate, sense of personal responsibility for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find, filter, and organize information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find (or create) and work with learning communities of mentors and peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skill in using existing technologies for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intrepid attitude toward mastering future technologies for learning and thinking </li></ul></ul>
    5. 7. <ul><li>State level </li></ul><ul><li>School level </li></ul><ul><li>Student level </li></ul>
    6. 8. <ul><li>Ohio Core (SB 311) – Increased graduation requirements, mandates schools allow credit by demonstration of mastery beginning in 2010-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>State level motives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase graduation rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit potential unintended consequences of increasing graduation requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer graduates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Narrower curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote “college and career readiness” </li></ul></ul>
    7. 9. <ul><li>Traditional “Carnegie Unit” courses </li></ul><ul><li>“ Educational Options” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentorships, internships, and service learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online and hybrid courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of mastery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Testing out” and portfolio/performance based assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Any combination of the above </li></ul>
    8. 10. <ul><li>Expand options and opportunities, especially for smaller schools </li></ul><ul><li>Better serve “outlier” students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readiness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experiment with new instructional methods and technologies (w/o seat time constraints) </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage community resources </li></ul>
    9. 11. <ul><li>Personal responsibility for learning through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Habits of mind” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop “21 st Century” skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop talents, explore interests, and gain experience in chosen areas </li></ul>
    10. 12. <ul><li>Learn and progress at an appropriate accelerated pace </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with expert mentors and advanced peers </li></ul><ul><li>Develop time management and study skills, positive risk taking </li></ul><ul><li>Gain a competitive advantage for college admissions and scholarships </li></ul>
    11. 14. <ul><li>Senior in CTE program </li></ul><ul><li>Family construction business </li></ul><ul><li>Diploma instead of dropout </li></ul>
    12. 15. <ul><li>“ Late bloomer” </li></ul><ul><li>College aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Took 5 AP tests </li></ul>
    13. 16. <ul><li>Managing requests and referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Process for determining standards for awarding credit and grading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider “tiering” for weighted grades </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publicizing opportunities and communicating requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility for developing opportunities, promoting equity </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing costs </li></ul>
    14. 17. <ul><li>February 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ODE guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlights from states </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soft launch of online community at </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Related </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance-based assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operating Standards revision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content standards revision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EMIS adjustments </li></ul></ul>
    15. 18. <ul><li>Attendance and progress monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Charging fees </li></ul><ul><li>Athletic eligibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OHSAA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCAA (Rules, Core Course Look-up ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment quality </li></ul>
    16. 19. <ul><li>Online Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning|Connective Credit Flex Site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Official documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sample policy template </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Athletic eligibility information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>OnlineEdOps Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>February 23 session with Fred Bramante on lessons from New Hampshire. See webinar details here. </li></ul>