7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

The CoolCatTeacher

Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) Ability books for those with special needs. I’d make a book.

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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 post Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books appeared first on The Hechinger Report. The St.

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Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

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The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator. Julie: Well, I am very passionate about the fact that I think that all children should have equal access to education.

30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016

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30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016. From Apple to J.Crew, these companies offer exclusive discounts on just about everything a teacher could possibly need for the new semester! 30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016. Half Price Books.

Accessing free eBooks with Open eBooks

Class Tech Integrate

The program runs through First Book and an app called Open eBooks. Right now, the app only works on tablets (iPad/Android), but the Open eBooks company informed me that they hope to have a web based version out later this year, so if you are a Chromebook district, keep your eye peeled!

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools


Edutools: A Quick Guide Upon viewing this e-book for the fist time, I was nearly blown away at the incredible size and scope of the project Dr. Amin took on in the creation of this guide. Edutools: A Quick Guide isn''t a list as much as it is an actual book. Web 2.0

Accessing free eBooks with Open eBooks

Class Tech Integrate

The program runs through First Book and an app called Open eBooks. Right now, the app only works on tablets (iPad/Android), but the Open eBooks company informed me that they hope to have a web based version out later this year, so if you are a Chromebook district, keep your eye peeled!

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As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor


If I feel that one book will save my life this semester, I’ll break down and buy it,” she says. “I’m Besides just new and used print options from the campus bookstore, students might have their pick between print and digital, buying or renting, and in some cases, buying a subscription from a publisher that gives them access to multiple titles by that provider. Additionally, she turns to a Facebook page for people who attend her university where students sell their books.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible


These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials. Accessibility Is a Process, Not a Box to Check.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge

TeachThought - Learn better.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge. The game creator actually let me review to the document that won his company their education grant. These are some of the benefits (engagement) and challenges (accessibility) of learning through video games.

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What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?


It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries. Now I spent much of my time studying history broadly across the last two centuries, and the reason is basically Google Books.”

Internet Archive Hopes to Help Libraries Make Available Books Once Thought Trapped By Copyright


As libraries work to scan their collections, they tread carefully around books published after 1923 and likely to still be under copyright. But researchers at the Internet Archive and Tulane University say they’ve found a legal way to scan and make available many in-copyright works published between 1923 and 1941, which will come as welcome news to those who want to dive into a digital copy of a book like In Love With a T-Man , a 1937 pulp novel by Rob Eden.

Book Club Discussion Questions For "Originals" By Adam Grant

The ASIDE Blog

Source: Adam Grant Adam Grant 's book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World , has vaulted to the top of best-seller lists since its publication last year. The book is a fascinating study of creativity, imagination, ingenuity, and success. What did you learn from this book?

Amazon wins $30M contract to sell e-books to NYC schools

eSchool News

A big move into education, Amazon edges out OverDrive to capture NYC e-book contract. Under the terms, Amazon would have the right to sell e-books and other content but not devices like Kindles through an internal marketplace site.

Create Image Books

Nik Peachey

Pim Pam Pum seems to be a company that is remarkably good at helping us to make the most of Flickr images, and I particularly like this little tool called Bookr. Bookr enable us to create nice interactive image books with text captions. Would be nice to be able to print the books up.

Reading the Trend Lines Reshaping Education: A Look at Bryan Alexander’s Book in Progress


This week EdSurge sat down with perhaps the most well-known futurist of higher education, Bryan Alexander, who is working on new book tentatively titled Transforming the University in the 21st Century, The Next Generation of Higher Education, expected to come out next year. Alexander was a guest on EdSurge Live , our monthly video discussion forum, and attendees asked the futurist about his upcoming book and what’s next for higher ed.

Digital Learning Program From @snaplearning Can Boost Your Class Library!


Print PDFs, Read Digital Books, and Graph Progress Snap! has over 133 engaging books and lesson plans offering instruction and practice in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension covering K-6 content in history, science, and language arts.

Taylor Swift, Scholastic Partner to Give 25,000 Books to NYC Schools

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Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift has partnered with book publisher Scholastic in the donation of 25,000 new, age-appropriate books to 25 public schools in New York City. To date, the Scholastic Possible Fund has donated over 43 million books.

An ‘Epic’ Fundraise: Children’s Digital Book Subscription Startup Nabs $8 Million


Building a “Netflix for books” service has proven notoriously difficult. Epic , which offers a digital subscription service for children’s books, has just raised $8 million in a Series C round led by Reach Capital. based company has now raised a total of $21.4 Epic launched its Netflix-like subscription service in 2014 with 5,000 digital books. The company pays a licensing fee for these rights.) per month for unlimited access to the digital library.

Lightsail Partners With Washington Post, in Latest Latest Alliance of Literacy, Media Companies

Marketplace K-12

A company focused on improving K-12 literacy through ed tech has struck a deal with the Washington Post that will give the provider access to dozens of breaking news stories weekly, and hundreds of stories in the newspaper’s archives. LightSail , founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York City, says the partnership will allow the company to use its reading platform to deliver articles tailored to students’ with different skill levels.

Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit


The digital platform allows students to personalize their learning by selecting digital books matched to their Lexile level from myON’s digital library, which contains thousands of titles across many genres, as well as books written in Spanish. Most importantly, students can select books that peak their interests. During the 2015-16 school year, the district won a grant allowing our K-3 students unlimited access to myON’s digital library.

Convincing students that learning blue-collar job skills will pay off

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A so-called collaborative robot, programmed to work with humans at the Prent Corporation, a packaging company, it looked cute, not intimidating. And he has brought in an education company to help teachers engage students, rather than lecturing at them.

Operation Varsity Blues proves we need affirmative action

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million donation, according to Pro Publica editor Daniel Golden in his 2006 book The Price of Admission. Higher Ed News Opinion Higher education access Law and policyThe campus of Georgetown University is shown March 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Ten jobs that are safe from robots

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Over the next decade, at least one-third of the tasks in about 60 percent of jobs could be automated, according to research by consulting firm McKinsey & Company. K-12 News Data and research Solutions STEM Technology access

Blockchain arrives on college campuses

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Although some analysts believe blockchain won’t gain widespread adoption for another five or ten years, companies like IBM, Facebook and Google are investing heavily in the technology — and universities are taking note. Higher Ed K-12 News poverty STEM Technology access

As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

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Students are hitting the books again on college campuses this fall, with fresh possibilities ahead of them. Technology companies may come up with new ways of measuring learning, Johnson said. “I Higher Ed News Data and research Higher education access Higher education completion

Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them

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With a huge shortage of college graduates in data and computer science, tech companies are taking matters into their own hands and providing education directly to prospective tech workers. Microsoft employees in Redmond, Washington.

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Textbook Publishers Are Major Obstacle to Adopting E-Books in Education

The 21st Century Principal

My hopes and expectations for seeing cutting edge technological innovation from these companies were dashed to pieces. It appears textbook companies are caught in the same trap. I don’t hear teachers saying things like, “Get our your books and turn to page 433 very much any more.” Textbook companies are still trying to sell educators books that were designed to be the main act of teaching, and a lot of teachers just don’t use those books that way any more.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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And career preparation here isn’t just a buzzword but more like a guiding principle: When the end-of-day bell sounds, some children transition from students to employees of the district, and earn $10 an hour for working on a variety of projects for local technology companies.


More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

The Hechinger Report

or a solid B, according to the education consulting company Civitas Learning. If it’s between earning money and going to class, I’m going to earn money because I have to support people,” said Seidman, author of the new book Crossing the Finish Line: How to Retain and Graduate Your Students.

Public universities have “really lost our focus”

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Since the 1970s, a “doom loop” has pervaded higher education, writes Christopher Newfield in his new book The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them. Q: Let’s say there’s a reformer who’s sympathetic to the arguments in this book.

Can ‘work colleges’ in cities become a low-cost, high-value model for the future?

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DALLAS — It’s not uncommon for college students to work to save money for everything from books to spring break vacations. For in-person instruction, students will go to classes at designated spaces easily accessible from their jobs and provided by the college’s corporate partners.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

An Rx for poverty? A career in nursing

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Benjamin Pring, co-founder of the Center for the Future of Work at technology company Cognizant. In his 2015 book “The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford suggests that the spread of A.I.

How one high-poverty district is adding virtual reality to its classrooms

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When students are virtually immersed in material, they experience it in ways that can’t be conveyed by a picture in a book or line of text, VR proponents say. K-12 News Funding online learning Personalized Learning Technology access

How free college tuition in one country exposes unexpected pros and cons

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She’d get little argument from Alt, the president of Freie Universität, outside of whose office in a renovated art deco former fire insurance company headquarters are still mementoes of that Kennedy visit, including the original notes of JFK’s speech.

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Do black students really need college to get high paying jobs?

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In a 2015 Fortune Magazine survey of nine tech giants – titans like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google – six of those companies reported that black and Hispanic employees made up less than 10 percent of their representative workforces. Photo of Jonathan Johnson, founder of Rooted School.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


I''ve organized the gifts into three categories : Autographed Books : a few of my friends who are authors have generously donated a signed copy of their book - I personally have a copy of these and simply love each book!