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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

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As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

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It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee. My parents definitely want me to go for those two free years,” he said. “It’s

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

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Even with that, financial documents show, the company has yet to turn a profit , thanks to the high cost of recruiting new students. The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and other advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to mandate training for graduate mentors and advisors.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

First, and it will surprise no one that this is the first item on my list, is the definition. UNESCO’s canonical definition of OER does not require “free public access” to a resource for that resource to be an OER, as some have tried to argue it should.

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Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day. I’d definitely want a principal who can lead the school and rally their staff from their houses.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy.

Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

EdNews Daily

Self Advocacy and Resources for Students. Teachers can access audio texts from no-cost resources like Bookshare.org and Learning Ally.org to help impacted students keep growing in those three areas. at Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company. By Suzanne Carreker.

Is California saving higher education?

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The goal, writes historian John Aubrey Douglass, was “broad access combined with the development of high quality, mission differentiated, and affordable higher education institutions.”. I definitely want to be out of here in four years,” Soberano said.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

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The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. The federal government’s definition of transparency is not the general public’s conception of transparency.”.

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?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

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The expanded safety net, though, doesn’t apply to workers at private companies with 500 or more employees. Katherine Gallagher Robbins, child care and early education director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families.

Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

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Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. Even though the companies are often taking the bulk of the tuition revenue the degree programs pull in, the firms still aren’t profitable in many cases.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

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A recent survey by the polling company Socialsphere of 14- to 29-year-olds revealed that top priorities among these voters are gun control, access to higher education, and healthcare reform — all issues that stick in the craw of Republicans.

Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education

Edsurge

After a career working at tech-centric companies including Google and Quora in product roles, Liu Huang joined CZI in 2017 to oversee the product development, notably the Summit Learning platform. CZI aims to be a different type of philanthropy looking to integrate grantmaking, advocacy and technology to serve others. You’ve helped build products for Google and Facebook, companies that in recent months have been scrutinized over data collection and sharing practices.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy.

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How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act , or ESSA, also provides increased access to funding for physical education by including the subject in its definition of a “well-rounded education.”. “At There were definitely some pretty serious unintended consequences.”.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

While early adopters absolutely get excited about OER because open is awesome, “normal” faculty and students are more likely to get excited about the things OER let them do – improve student success, decrease costs, expand access, etc. To offset all this double counting, there is the separate issue of the many “whole course” OER that OTL refuses to index because they don’t meet the OTL’s definition of “textbook.”

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WHAT’S NEW

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BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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Basecamp schools then receive mentoring from and troubleshooting by Summit staff, as well as PLP access throughout the academic year. I’ve definitely heard from at least 10 parents who are like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on,’ ” O’Connor said. “ ‘Is this good for my child?’ ”.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

A Video Game About Conflict Resolution Helps Develop Empathy for Refugees

MindShift

He couldn’t access the Internet, but a friend gave him coding tutorials loaded onto a flash drive. ” Mayen is now focused on bringing Salaam to a larger audience by releasing an enhanced version on Facebook Instant Games, through the company he created, Junub Games.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. The new company will be called Touch Press (which was the name of another company that StoryToys acquired last year). ” Definitely no one I trust more on this topic, no siree. ” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data. iNACOL has released a report on advocacy for competency-based education. US Presidential Campaign Politics.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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According to that lawsuit, the GNETS system violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, both by segregating children with disabilities and by denying them access to an equal education. Leslie Lipson, counsel to the Georgia Advocacy Office.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9 Common App will merge with Reach Higher , a college-access program started by Michelle Obama. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. For-profit higher ed company Education Management Corp says it will close 22 out of 26 of its Brown Mackie College locations.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The New York Times tried to keep track of all the 45th President’s falsehoods this year, but it seems to have abandoned its “ definitive list ” some time in July. It’s the relationship of these companies to information and to education. (A

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Department of Education has placed restrictions on access to federal student aid for West Virginia public universities after the state was late submitting required annual financial statements for the third year in a row.

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