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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This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Each company has incredible resources, and each is synonymous with technological innovation. But none will be the company that will change the world with AI. THIS IS THE COMPANY. Equal access to education is the defining challenge in the world today. By Charles Sosnik.

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

The Hechinger Report

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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Don’t Call Them Test Companies: How the College Board and ACT Have Shifted Focus


In a statement on its website in May, the ACT said that it is transforming itself from an “assessment company” into “an organization providing learning, measurement, and navigation support to learners.”

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

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

North Carolina School District Expands Access to Books with Online Literacy Platform from Fuel Education


Herndon, Virginia, April 23, 2018 — Although every elementary school has different student needs its teachers must support, each needs an extensive library of books for its students. Curating a vast library to address different reading levels, interests, and languages at each school was expensive, and students could only check out books when school is in session. and ‘How do we give all students – whether they are in summer reading camp or not – access to books over the summer?’”

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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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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

K-12 Schools - Education News

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

As Nicholas Lemann put it in his book “The Big Test,” about the development of the SAT, such assessments promised to evaluate “all American high-school students on a single national standard and then [make] sure that they went on to colleges suited to their abilities and ambitions.”

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.

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. Colby is the co-founder of Nerdy Book Club, and he serves on the Nerd Camp Michigan team. Blog: [link] Twitter: @ colbysharp Book: Game Changer!

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

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. College graduates in the academic year just ended.

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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.

Luxury private student housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

The Hechinger Report

For much of the last century, living on campus was considered “an integral part of the educational pathway,” said Carla Yanni, a professor of art history at Rutgers University and author of a new book about the history of dormitories at American colleges and universities.

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?

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

The Hechinger Report

I was concerned and afraid of what might happen to her, but you cannot cut their wings,” said Aranda, an operations manager for a talent supply chain company. Most evenings after work he hits the books in pursuit of an associate’s degree in business administration.

A new way of helping students pay for college: Give them corporate jobs

The Hechinger Report

The companies get reliable employees and prospective hires while universities can promise students help with keeping their loan debt low. The companies pay EAW, which then pays the student workers, while the universities provide the office space.

From prison to dean’s list: How Danielle Metz got an education after incarceration

The Hechinger Report

And federal lawmakers from both parties are pushing to allow incarcerated people to access Pell Grants, financial aid that they’ve been barred from using since Metz first went to prison. Related: Will thousands of prison inmates lose access to college?

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Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

The Hechinger Report

Hanging on an office door in Hawthorn Hall, for example, is a pastel-colored advertisement from Student Support Services inviting Latinx students to stop by for help with academic advising, tutoring and mentoring, book and laptop loan programs and financial literacy education.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.”

Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students


The badges can also be added to social media, to digital resumes, and or even be accessible through platforms. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these topics.

Universities that are recruiting older students often leave them floundering

The Hechinger Report

Related: Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books. Now she balances her courses with raising two children, 5 and 9, and working full-time as marketing manager for a construction company. A day-care center at Portland State University.

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