Insights (blog)

District Officials Use Data for New Curriculum Resource Strategy

Using the data and insights gathered by Curriculum Insight, district administrators at Coeur d’Alene School District were able to convince their school board to approve the purchase of new curriculum resources for K–12 math. Curriculum Insight’s data will now be used to convince community members to vote in favor of the levy allowing the purchases. If approved, this will be the first curriculum purchases made by the district since 2008 and create a strong step toward achieving a new set of strategic goals. Coeur d’Alene School District now hopes to reuse Curriculum Insight to gather teacher feedback and constantly assess their curriculum resources to ensure standards and students needs are being met.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Social Media in the Classroom

There is a way for professors in higher ed to use these powerful networks not only to enhance the classroom experience, but also to engage students in a way that appeals to both their interests and preferred learning style.

What’s the Buzz?

Learning experience designers use dozens of buzzwords to describe what they do, and our experts decided to come up with some of them just for you.

STEMtastic! The Science of Band Names

As a science editor and a resident of Austin, Texas (Live Music Capital of the World!), I hereby suggest these awesome science terms for double duty as band names. I’ve also tossed in my (sometimes silly) thoughts about the type of band/group that would have each name.

A Day in the Life of a Learning Experience Designer

Say hello to Rebecca Row, our Manager of Learning Experience Design™! Rebecca has a strong background in content development, instructional design, and linguistics that she applies to projects in the K–12 space. We sat down with her to get an insider's perspective on what it’s like to work in such a distinct field.

Using Data to Inform Your Curriculum Budget

During the summer, Six Red Marbles launched the initial phase of its new product, Curriculum Insight™. With Curriculum Insight, teachers can anonymously rate and review curriculum materials in minutes. The data collected helps district administrators transform how they manage their curriculum budget.

The Skinny on #EdChat

The team at USC Rossier School of Education, who run the Twitter handle @USCTeacher, recently pulled together a resource guide for one of the most popular hashtags in education, #EdChat. The Essential #EdChat Resource Guide is a quick and simple guide that provides the ins and outs of how to use #EdChat and what it can do for teachers, students, and education. Are you new to Twitter? This guide shows you how to access past #EdChat discussions.

NGSS and EQuIP: Evolution and Evaluation

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) carry that name for a reason: they are the Next Generation. Like human offspring, the Next Generation may look like their parents or grandparents, but they have new ways of thinking, talking, dressing, and getting things done.

Why Johnny Can’t Pivot

Grit is a buzzword in educational circles right now. MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Angela Duckworth’s research focuses on grit as an indicator of school and professional successes throughout life. Students who have lots of grit, a close cousin of self-control, will align themselves toward a goal over a long period of time.

Independence Day Celebrations in New Delhi

I celebrated Independence Day with my colleagues at Six Red Marbles in a unique way. I truly believe that it makes a significant difference when you are joined by a whole new bunch of enthusiasts and like-minded people.

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