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EPGY Status Report Mike, Ruhi, Monisha, Masa Stanford University ED 391 EPGY Background EPGY: Educational Program for Gifted Youth Started in late 1980s by Stanford Philosophy Professor Patrick Suppes Enrolls about 3000 students/year, growing

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epgy status report

EPGY Status Report

Mike, Ruhi, Monisha, Masa

Stanford University

ED 391

epgy background
EPGY Background
  • EPGY: Educational Program for Gifted Youth
  • Started in late 1980s by Stanford Philosophy Professor Patrick Suppes
  • Enrolls about 3000 students/year, growing
  • Provides courses to “gifted” children, mostly in high school math and sciences
  • Most students take the courses at home
project background
Project Background
  • EPGY would like to address the school market
  • Interested in Title 1 funds for low-income schools => less gifted, motivated kids
  • Current schools it is serving
    • local
      • Belle Haven Elementary, Menlo Park
      • Las Lomitas Elementary, Atherton
      • Brandeis Private School, SF
      • upcoming: Enola Maxwell Middle School (SF); Garfield Elementary (Redwood City)
    • remote
      • schools in Beaverton, OR; London, England
ed 391x project
Ed 391X Project
  • Study the possibility of strengthening EPGY’s offering to the school market
    • market opportunity
    • software’s appropriateness for less gifted, less motivated kids
    • possibilities for grouped instruction (rather than individualized instruction)
      • in person
      • synchronous online
    • possibilities for per student cost savings
    • other stuff?
market landscape
Market Landscape
  • Over 6 million K-12 public school students, 1048 school districts in U.S.
  • Since 1996, there has been an increase of about 100,000 students per year.
  • Problems:
    • Shortage of teachers
    • many schools failing
    • drop-out rates rising
    • inconsistent teaching of difficult subjects
    • unequal access to courses
  • A large K-12 online education movement is accelerating across the country
the promise of online learning
The Promise of Online Learning
  • Addresses some of the challenges in previous slide
  • Offers potential for better results and cost savings
  • Offers a way to study developmental and individual learning styles, performance accountability
  • Several states already have fully developed programs
  • Studies suggest that virtual education is no longer experimental
potential beneficiaries of online programs
Potential Beneficiaries of Online Programs
  • Students who experience scheduling conflicts or inability to attend school on a regular schedule
    • Court School Students, who attend prison schools
    • Adult Education Students
    • Career and technical education programs
  • Students who have special needs not met by the local district
    • AP or Honors classes
    • remedial classes
    • special education
    • English Learner Programs
  • Home School Students
  • Teacher Professional Development
online pedagogy
Online Pedagogy
  • Because of the newness of online learning we are still learning what makes for effective pedagogy.
  • Online learning is subjected to more intense scrutiny that normal classroom delivery, but it can be more easily tracked.
  • Online environment should be designed with specific outcomes in mind and should be monitored for efficacy.
recommendations for effective online program
Recommendations for Effective Online Program
  • Student recommendations
    • Course content needs to be interactive, using multiple media
    • Timely feedback from teachers is necessary
    • Face to face meetings are important
  • Adult recommendations
    • Create quality online courses
      • project-based assignments
      • interface that encourages interactions.
    • Face-to-face meetings are important.
    • A variety of student support mechanisms is needed.
course pacing
Course Pacing
  • Self-pacing offers advantages as well as challenges
  • Self-paced courses make teaching/support harder
  • Ability to facilitate student-to-student interaction is also affected by pacing
  • Course pacing options:
    • one timetable
    • completely self-paced.
    • students select from choices of pre-defined timetables
challenges to online learning and teaching
Challenges to Online Learning and Teaching
  • Weak content and curricula
  • Weak online pedagogy
  • Limited forms of online assessment
  • Lack of technology standards
  • Instructor is not prepared to be a virtual instructor
  • Not all learners are prepared for online learning
existing online education programs for k12
Existing Online Education Programs for K12
  • State-based: 14 statewide online programs
  • University-based: introductory and correspondence courses available to high school students
  • School district-based
  • Virtual charter schools and private schools
  • For-Profit Corporations: supply virtual education either on a course-by-course basis or as a school
government educational technology initiatives
Government Educational Technology Initiatives
  • Federal technology literacy grants
  • Digital California Project
  • The Education Technology Grant Program for High Schools
  • Statewide Commission on Technology and Learning
  • California Learning Resource Network
  • Digital High School Program
  • Many others
market landscape final thoughts
Market Landscape Final Thoughts
  • Virtual education is here to stay.
  • More and more services core to the operation of the school and to learning will become web-based.
  • Online learning offers the potential for consistent and high-quality curriculum for a large number of students.
  • Virtual education can also address equity issues.
software evaluation
Software Evaluation…
  • Positives
  • Lesson on entering formulas
  • Problem set up
  • White board for fraction section
  • Need Improvements
  • Interface
  • Lack of help, no visible exit signs, no undo or back
  • No marker on time left
  • Could be more collaborative
  • Messages given from the system are not clear, nor encouraging
software evaluation18
Software Evaluation…
  • Questions to Ask
  • The problems are tedious and difficult
    • No scaffolding for the level of difficulty
  • The software is unprofessional
    • The handwriting on the black board
    • The grammar of the lecture
    • The background noise during the lecture
  • How can we encourage the students to take notes
    • Print screen
    • Photoshop tool be able to use the screen as scratch paper
observations from school visit
Observations From School Visit
  • where: Las Lomitas Elementary in Menlo Park, grades 1-3 Math
  • Kids were *really* engaged with the software, seemed to learn lots
  • The math gets *quite* advanced very quickly
  • They should provide the kids with checkpoints to take stock
    • appreciate what they’ve learned
    • think about what they’ve accomplished
    • apply what they’ve learned
what s left to do
What’s Left To Do
  • more visits to schools
  • re-interview lead elementary math tutor
  • interview teacher who taught kids who used EPGY math courses
  • interview EPGY marketing person
  • create Flash demo to show our proposed software changes
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