Free School Broadband Comparison Tool


Updates to the school broadband comparison tool make finding what neighboring and similar school districts are paying for broadband services even easier. Direct access to free resources and support: Districts using the tool can now access RFP templates, school network tips, webinars, and technical assistance.

Growth Mindset Comparison for Educators

Think Through Math

Best of all, access to live teachers is invaluable. Most educators have heard the cliché, “look before you leap.” This is pretty sage advice for anyone preparing for a journey or a new project, but how many people really take a solid look at their current situation before committing to establishing a growth mindset in their school? Many of us have been guilty of this error of omission more times than we would like to admit.


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Your classroom does not have to be Pinterest-worthy: Stay reflective on the WHY & avoid comparison

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I did it already, but mine looks amateurish in comparison. Oh hey, I have a set-up similar to that…but my handwriting is atrocious, and it’s not colorful, and basically my version looks like total crap in comparison. Even as late as 2003, there were only a handful of teachers who had access to digital cameras and the understanding of HTML coding to be able to upload those pictures and share them on their own websites. Can I make a confession?

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft


The collaborative nature of tools and the access to the Drive App Store gives Chromebooks a level of collaborative creation that is good enough for most. Apple had an event focused on education on March 27, and if anything it clarified Apple's place in the EDU market. With that, I think it's worth taking a look at where each of the three big companies stands in regards to Ed.

How the New Compare & Connect K-12 Helps You Access Greater Bandwidth at Lower Costs

Education Superhighway

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve made three critical updates to this tool to provide a more seamless search experience and help districts identify the price comparisons that are most relevant to them. To make it even easier for districts to find actionable comparisons, the updated Compare & Connect K-12 has simplified map views. Direct access to helpful tools, resources, webinars, and technical support.

Racial gaps in college degrees are widening, just when states need them to narrow

The Hechinger Report

Black and Hispanic primary and secondary students fell farther behind in school last year than white students and were less likely to have attended classes in person, have contact with teachers or have the internet access they needed for remote learning, the consulting firm McKinsey reported.

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In the market for a 360° camera? Look no further!

I thought it might be helpful to others if there existed a comparison chart of all the affordable 360° cameras out there. Read further for my top pick and a handy (and constantly updated) comparison chart! Ricoh Theta S 360° Camera Comparison Chart: Click to access the 360° Camera Comparison Chart I'll continue to add to this list as more cameras become available. 360 camera Cardboard chart comparison Virtual Reality VR

PROOF POINTS: COVID has been bad for college enrollment — but awful for community college students

The Hechinger Report

In comparison, the drop in new students was only about half as much at public and nonprofit four-year institutions, which tend to serve higher income students.

To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Some testing experts say that gaps in the data will render it useless for comparison purposes and could even lead to the misallocation of resources. Some standardized test makers claim their exams can be taken remotely, provided that students have approved devices and access to the internet.

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Research on early college high schools indicates they may pay for themselves in the long run

The Hechinger Report

In the comparison group (the students who lost the lotteries to get into the early college schools), only 11 percent had earned an associate degree six years later. Early college high school students graduate college in greater numbers.

How Countries Make Higher Ed Affordable: What the Data Shows


While it is right to seek international comparisons, the piece was misleading by relying too heavily on anecdotes and failing to give enough context about the rules of the road for higher education in the countries featured. Fortunately, there are data available that allow comparisons across countries. In other words, when people have to pay a larger share of their own college expenses, access to college degrees is somewhat broader on average.

When elite college prep lowers your grade

The Hechinger Report

What sets this study apart from previous evaluations of college access programs is that the French economists were able to set up a randomized controlled experiment back in 2010 and 2011 by working with principals in 12 French high schools serving underprivileged students.

Reciprocity learning

Learning with 'e's

This kind of reciprocity occurs because people are willing to share, and in so doing, are free to then gain access to the sharing of the other members of their community. The psychologist Leon Festinger developed social comparison theory - a theory that attempted to explain how people relate to each other psychologically. Mark Curtis self disclosure George Mead Grainne Conole reciprocity learning #pleconf Charles Cooley PLE VLE learning PLN social comparison Leon Festinger

How Is the ISA Experiment Faring So Far?


ISAs should have clear terms and disclosures that try to conform as much as possible to the Truth in Lending Act , so that comparisons can be made between ISA and other types of financial products. Education Technology Access and Affordability Higher Education Workforce Training

After her university closes its achievement gap, chancellor says, “The shocker is, why aren’t we all doing this?”

The Hechinger Report

By comparison, the national four-year graduation rate for public universities is 37 percent.). For real-world experience, UMR’s students have enviable access to research and professional training at the Mayo Clinic, the largest employer in Minnesota and a global powerhouse in medical treatment that is blocks away in downtown Rochester. The university intends to create a meal plan, such as a system with nearby food vendors that would give students access to prepaid food.

How transparent is school data when parents can’t find it or understand it?

The Hechinger Report

Several parents with children in low-performing schools view a child’s academic struggles as an individual responsibility — their child’s fault, or their own — but access to and understanding of school data can help them identify broader problems. Many parents, however, experience educational, technological and language barriers to accessing and understanding data, limiting their ability to make informed decisions about their children.

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Which Video Conferencing Platform is Right for Your School?

The Innovative Educator

Tech educator Clay Smith and I needed to answer this question for the schools we support so we came up with a handy dandy comparison chart of video conferencing platforms. Access the video conferencing comparison chartGraduations, celebrations, and dances, oh my! When it comes to planning virtual events for your school, you need to select the right video conferencing platform. But how do you know which one is right for your needs?

Luxury private student housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

The Hechinger Report

Making a direct comparison with the cost of living in a conventional dorm is difficult because on-campus housing plans usually cover only the academic year and the most reliable estimate of them includes meals. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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

The Hechinger Report

Eighteen universities and colleges have been at work more recently on what they call the Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project , or VIMS, to provide a college-by-college comparison of cost, graduation rates, employment, student debt, and what students learn. Higher Ed News Data and research Higher education access Higher education completionStudents in a class at Frederick Community College in Maryland. Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images.

OPINION: How ‘free college’ turned into a ‘state-by-state hodgepodge’

The Hechinger Report

By comparison, 57 percent of our neighbors in Canada and 51 percent of adults in Japan have a college degree, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. If we believe that all students, regardless of their ability to pay, should have access to postsecondary education, then we must start funding it and stop talking. Higher Ed News Opinion national college access

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

The Hechinger Report

” At La Verne, by comparison, he said in a cafe in the student union, “There was one person in charge of everything , and she put me in touch with the people I needed to talk to by the next day.” Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion SolutionsGage Ramirez transferred twice in his college career. The first time, he lost almost all of his credits.

The Best Edtech for Students Is Backed by Research. Here’s What to Look For.


We also suggest emailing researchers for access to journal articles that are behind paywalls. (If If no studies have been conducted, or if you are not provided access to them, then perhaps consider other edtech options that do have evidence.)

So You Want to Offer an Income-Share Agreement? Here’s How 5 Colleges Are Doing It.


Purdue has a price comparison tool where students can select their major and graduation year to see their expected earnings before applying. Education Technology Access and Affordability Financing Higher EducationAs the cost of college continues to feel out of reach for many students, schools and startups are beginning to think of new ways to finance the cost of tuition.

Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think

The Hechinger Report

Because there’s so much fear and worry, even the most talented kids are applying to more colleges, said Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of the college comparison website This has helped thwart efforts to make college more accessible to low-income families. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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

The Hechinger Report

By comparison, he said, edX updates many of its tech courses four or more times a year. Higher Ed News Business Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion SolutionsMicrosoft employees in Redmond, Washington. 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.

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These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

The Hechinger Report

My favorite comparison I see a lot is about asking a fish to climb a tree. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationJulie Comeaux and son Matthew begin their home-schooling lesson for the day. Matthew has been home-schooled for the last year. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post.

Some Thoughts about OER Research

Iterating Toward Openness

We would also discuss people’s uncontrollable urge to conduct media comparison studies – studies comparing student learning in the context of iPads versus printed books, or online classes versus face to face classes, or interactive video disc versus televised courses, or some other setup in which the medium du jour is compared with the medium of yesteryear. I read an article back in June (reference below) that prompted some memories and catalyzed some additional thoughts.

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Foreign tech workers are getting fed up. Can better education for U.S. students fill the gap?

The Hechinger Report

By comparison, “the Indian economy and the framework which exists for me, being a citizen of India, was pretty good.”. All students need to have access, or we’re going to exacerbate the opportunity gap.”. Stuck in the U.S.

Make Web Pages Easier to Read with Mercury Reader Chrome Extension


Here is a side-by-side comparison of what an article on looks like without Using Mercury Reader, and what it looks like when the extension is being used. accessibility Chrome Chrome extension dyslexia GAFE GSuite GSuiteEdu reading visual impairmentWhen you or your students are reading online for information, a typical web page can look a lot like this: Reading online can be complicated by all of the extraneous elements we find on web pages.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


However, at each level—middle school, high school, and college—these variations paled in comparison to a stunning and dismaying consistency. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Representation

Catlin Tucker

In this post, I want to explore the principle of representation, which is focused on providing students with access to multiple ways of experiencing or receiving information. That way, students can engage with information in a format that appeals to or is more accessible for them.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Mounting evidence suggests that whom students know can shape their aspirations and access to opportunity. Access to relationships can buffer risk, increase grades, bolster well-being, and support students to and through college. At the Institute we’ll be publishing a lot more on emerging tools and schools that are beginning to disrupt the boundaries of students’ inherited networks by expanding access new connections to experts and mentors historically out of reach. (5)

‘I can’t do this anymore’: How four middle schoolers are struggling though the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Not everyone has access to Wi-Fi and computers.” Not everyone has access to Wi-Fi and computers.”. By comparison, in the school building, he’d rarely felt comfortable raising his hand. “I

Colleges are pushed to stand behind what they sell with money-back guarantees

The Hechinger Report

In higher education, by comparison, the risk is borne almost entirely by consumers and the government, not the institutions that collect the money from tuition, loans and grants. million students are now in default, The Institute on College Access and Success calculates. percent in 2015, according to The Institute for College Access and Success. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Solutions

At some colleges that recruit veterans and their GI Bill money, none graduate

The Hechinger Report

By comparison, the first university Skye Musson attended when she got out of the Coast Guard was “definitely not” equipped to help her or the many other veterans it had recruited, she said. Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Law and policy SolutionsCuinn Mulinaro, 26, a U.S.