Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations


To advocate for and on behalf of effective online teaching and learning practices, four organizations are joining forces to establish the National Council for Online Education.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. You know, what do we say to ourselves?

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How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Tapping into students’ creativity is one of the keys to engaging more girls in what continues to be a male-dominated discipline. By Dennis Pierce.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is. Would these arguments actually inspire someone to want to use the internet? What would you add to this list?

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Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access


It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Wybrant cites the North Dakota Access Pipeline as an example.

How to Create a Twitter List of Reliable Media Sources

Reading By Example

The challenge with Twitter is in how to use it so the information you are receiving is reliable. How do we separate the wheat from the chaff? You don’t even have to follow people or organizations to put them on a list. Click here to follow.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. How do we unleash the potential in every child?

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Thursday Webinar - "Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques" with Dr. Sue Alman

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

You do not need to attend the live session to purchase this webinar, but doing so allows you to participate in the Q+A. At the end of the session, participants will have ideas about ways to create a library buzz online, f2f, and inside/outside the library.

Two New Library 2.0 Webinars: Library Advocacy + Marketing | Coaching Skills for Managers + Supervisors | ALSO: Active Shooter Response Recording

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Then, being announced today, is " Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques " with Dr. Sue Alman on February 21st. Webinars gives you access to the live Webinar, as well as any-time access to the recording afterward. We have two new Library 2.0

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Jennifer Faulkner, Director of Instructional Technology, Alamo Heights ISD (Moderator) Question #1: What is your vision for the use of digital content in Texas schools for the next five years and how will that content be delivered? Question #2: What are the barriers to implementing that vision? Hochberg: HB 2488 Allows the Commissioner of Edu to purchase digital content and provide it free of charge to all students in the state. It has to come from the ground up.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

Future Ready summit tackles how to plan for tomorrow’s ed tech

eSchool News

A recent regional summit brought superintendents together to discuss the future of education. Despite a focus on using technology to prepare for education’s future, discussions about specific devices or applications were completely absent.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources


On January 24th, at the beginning of ALA Midwinter, 150 people rallied to restore school librarians in Philadelphia. While she learned to navigate and understand the value of her library’s network of databases, she knows that many kids don’t even know what a database is.

As diagnoses rise, more colleges add services for students with autism

The Hechinger Report

He’s now a third-year student; Mosaic students often take five years or longer to earn degrees. If he were going off to a school that did not have this kind of a program, I would be calling him every day,” Geoff Calkins said. It was going to be an extension of high school.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

The federal government is pushing for more information to be made available about college costs and success rates, saying that will help students avoid incurring unmanageable debt. Want to find out how much it will cost to go to Arkansas Northeastern College?

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Can a college completion crisis be solved by students sharing their struggles?

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — Countless ideas about getting students to and through college have come from policymakers, lawmakers and any number of advocacy groups. One student who made the video, Britton said, “came to me and said, ‘I didn’t realize I had a voice in this.’

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

The Hechinger Report

But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. Fewer than 10 percent of the apps included any type of modeling by a character or by an on-screen demonstration to show children how to complete tasks.

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Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like. First, of course, superintendents and school leaders need to be clear on the why. When everyone in the school and community can explain it, they are more likely to support it.


Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

The Hechinger Report

Hsiulien Perez, a senior at IU Northwest, jots down notes in Hawthorn Hall just before heading to an afternoon class. The first time Hsiulien Perez attended Indiana University Northwest, in the early 1990s, she had just graduated from high school and given birth to her first child.

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

The Hechinger Report

Desirée Morales Díaz, who was accepted to American University but couldn’t afford to go there. “My I wouldn’t put my parents through this just to go to school in the United States.” And how she begged the university, unsuccessfully, for more financial aid.

Some colleges and universities are bringing the classroom to the workplace

The Hechinger Report

We get to hear the theory and then go right to work and apply it,” Provencher says. Wrapped in fleece and flannel, the students in a midafternoon college writing class look as if they’re about to jump out of their seats and onto a ski lift. Or, in this case, to the mountain.

Is California saving higher education?

The Hechinger Report

Juggling a major in international business and a minor in Japanese, Deas fell behind on her path to graduation until the university offered her a grant to help her make the final sprint. “It She considered quitting, or transferring to a community college.

Propelling prisoners to bachelor’s degrees in California

The Hechinger Report

Tehachapi students working to create oral reports on how various communities in California enforce the three strikes law. LOS ANGELES — The first time someone in jail tried to give Bradley Arrowood a textbook, he laughed at him. That has led to problems. “I’m

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What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

Juliet won’t finish high school before 2025, but the 11-year-old already has big plans: She wants to be a mechanical engineer. I really have fun doing these things,” says the rising seventh grader, “but I also like that it’s preparing me to be an engineer.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

When the Chemours chemical plant in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, needed workers to maintain its high-tech machinery, it advertised for them as far as 90 miles away in Nashville in one direction and 150 miles away in Memphis on the other. That’s a really good thing to have on your resume.

Food, Housing and Childcare: Colleges Addressing Basic Needs Are Boosting Success


Increasingly, colleges are deciding to focus on addressing the root causes that can lead students to struggle in the first place. Hosted by nonprofit Achieving the Dream, the event brought together community college leaders from 48 states to share what has worked and lessons learned from failed efforts as they’ve worked to support diverse and changing student populations. One challenge is there’s no federal data to back up these trends. “We

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

College students often decamp from their universities during the summer to intern, study abroad or just get a break from dining hall food. But for Kayla Mayes, it’s a time to buckle down. GPA and now she is hoping to lift it higher. “I’m colleges to help students like Mayes.

Library Orientation for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Each year I ponder what to do for the first of the year library orientation. Once again, it’s a time where you want to talk about procedures, expectations, etc, but I think more and more about what message I really want students to take away. We have to help one another.

Scrutiny of colleges that get billions in GI Bill money remains mired in bureaucracy

The Hechinger Report

Richard Baca joined the New Mexico National Guard for the education benefits promised to him through the GI Bill, but after returning from two deployments to Iraq he became mired in difficulties with a for-profit university and has at least temporarily given up on getting a degree.

Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

The Hechinger Report

It was the final day of first-year orientation at Grinnell College, with classes scheduled to start the next morning, and these new students were still finding their way around the campus, meeting neighbors in the dorms and waiting to hear whether they got into the courses they wanted.

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Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning.

Bring an Author to Your School

Reading By Example

One of the best ways to increase enthusiasm for reading and writing in your school is by bringing an author on-site. This is the most cost-effective way to bring an author into your school. At my last school, we partnered with our local library in bringing Michael Perry to our building.

Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices

The Hechinger Report

Even after taking classes in the summers, he’ll need a semester longer to get a degree than he had planned. When I switched, I had a lot of requirements to fulfill. For generations of young people, going off to college was a step toward independence.