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Do LEA's projects colect the right kind of data to give us a complete picture?  There may be other factors contributing  to academic success that should be considered.

Collect a Different Kind of Student Data

For at least a decade now, the driving force behind education reform has been data. We talk about collecting data, analyzing data, and making data-driven decisions. All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help. In terms of certain academic behaviors, we can quantify student learning to some extent and improve our practice as a result.

And yet, we know this is not enough. We know our students bring with them so many other kinds of data. So many other factors contribute to academic success: the atmosphere in their homes, the demands of their out-of-school school schedule, the physical concerns that distract them, the passions and obsessions that consume them. These things are much harder to measure, so we don’t even try, focusing instead on the things we can convert to numbers.
See Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students

An excerpt from “Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes For Every School,” by Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez.

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Talente Regional!

Talent Regional ist ein Förderprogramm der Österreichischen Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG, finanziert durch das Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technik (bmvit). Ziel des Programms ist es Talente in Österreichs Schulen zu entdecken, diese zu inspirieren und für Forschung und Technik (in den sogenannten STEM Fächern) zu begeistern. Dabei sollen Schulen, Forschungspartner und Unternehmen zusammengebracht werden um gemeinsam Forschung und Innovation zu betreiben. Michael Kickmeier-Rust, Lea’s Box Koordinator besuchte die Netzwerkveranstaltung und hat Kontakte für Projektinitiativen im Schuljahr 2016/17 geknüpft. Ziel ist es den Schülern und Schülerinnen Forschung im Bereich Lernen näher zu bringen, als genau den Bereich der sie wohl am engsten betrifft. Mehr Informationen gibt’s unter https://www.ffg.at/content/netzwerkveranstaltung-talente-regional.
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Meet LEA at EC-TEL 2015

Meet LEA at EC-TEL 2015

Lea's Box wants to be a lighthouse for learning analytics. So the project is very prominent at EC-TEL 2015, the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning.

EC-TEL is held September 14 to 18 in Toledo, Spain.

We have 2 papers and a poster there. The ideal occasion to meet with us is certainly the poster presentation session (on Wednesday from 3:30pm).

Get all the details at http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php?id=722


From 31 August – 2 September, the Austrian elsa netowork is organizing the 2015 eEducation summer symposium. The key idea of the elsa network is fostering the technology uptake in Austrian classrooms. The event is characterized by very prominent key note speakers including the Austrian secretary of education.  For the project, this event offers the great chance of a very close networking with Austrian teacher who are really interested in technology and in making their teaching a little bit better. All information about the event can be found here: http://podcampus.phwien.ac.at/eedu-sota15/


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eEducation Sommertagung 2015

Die eEducation SOMMERTAGUNG 2015 findet in diesem Jahr in der Bundeshauptstadt Wien statt und steht unter dem Motto „Building Bridges | Creating Networks“.

Lea's Box versucht unter dem Tagungsmotto "building bridges | creating network, die Präsenz in Österreichs Schulen zu verstärken.

Alle Information findet ihr auf http://podcampus.phwien.ac.at/eedu-sota15/

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Lea's Learning Analytics Blog

Learning analytics, educational data mining, formative assessment - all recent buzz words in educational research. In principle, the idea is to find theoretical frameworks, models, procedures, and smart tools to collect, aggregate, analyze, reason on and visualize large scale educational data. LEA’s BOX is a research and development project funded by the European Commission. The project aims at (a) making educational assessment and appraisal more goal-oriented, proactive, and beneficial for students, and (b) at enabling formative support of teachers and other educational stakeholders on a solid basis of a wide range of information about learners. That means, LEA’s BOX is a learning analytics toolbox that is intended to enable educators to perform competence-centered, multi-source learning analytics. More info at http://www.leas-box.eu!


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