Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

The Hechinger Report

Now Williams and school staff are heading back out into the field, trying to relocate the siblings and other children who’ve gone missing and reengage them in learning this fall. Related: Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Students have access to hundreds of courses while they are in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities, but they tend to focus on math, language arts, social studies and science. Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

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OPINION: The pandemic exposes just how much support college students need

The Hechinger Report

Last spring, tens of millions of students were forced online as their institutions made the emergency transition to remote instruction. Many remain at least partially online this fall and possibly into 2021.

In dark days of coronavirus, acts of generosity can restore students’ faith in higher education and each other

The Hechinger Report

These institutions are helping students find cost-free ways to leave campus, keeping dorms open for those who don’t have other options or identifying ways to enable less-wired students who can’t access online learning to still finish out the semester. Meanwhile, cultural institutions are relaxing rules and paywalls to offer much-needed diversion, like free streaming of Broadway musicals and plays, operas, online art programs and free downloads of books from public libraries.

How the coronavirus has upended college admissions

The Hechinger Report

Students planning to enroll at community colleges are in many cases just starting their applications, sometimes without access to the internet at home. Goulart’s district is providing Chromebooks to all students and wifi hotspots to those who don’t have access to the internet at home. She relies on the internet at school to stay on top of her academics and her college application process but, she said, “I don’t have good internet access here at home.”

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

The Hechinger Report

With this in mind, more school districts and local governments are trying to identify lower-cost learning opportunities that can still vault students into well-paying careers. Higher Ed K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning STEM teachers

Dropout Detective Offers Academic ‘Credit Scores’—But Is That a Good Thing?

Edsurge

That’s why it might come as surprise to hear AspirEDU , an educational analytics company, pitch their Dropout Detective software as an “academic credit score” for students. But whereas credit scores are designed to prevent risky buyers from getting approved on loans, Dropout Detective is meant to improve student success and lower dropout rates. I was getting information I had never had access to.” But she says whether dropout rates have fallen remains to be seen.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

The Hechinger Report

My biggest worry is the kids I’ve gotten no response from,” said Rose, who is retiring in June and never expected to end her career struggling with online teaching. “I’m Of course, teachers want their students to master content, develop a love of learning and move on to the next grade. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning. On Monday, Rose learned the student’s father had died.

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In one class, Danusis introduces me to a lanky child in rain boots, who clicks through an online math program while chatting about a baby goat that’s being weaned in her backyard. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education.

Students have their own demands for school reopening

The Hechinger Report

In the absence of clear federal and state guidance for reopening, school districts have debated everything from whether to mandate masks for in-person classes to how to make online-only learning more effective. “We’re going to be online for the whole fall semester.

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Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund Partners with Discovery Education

eSchool News

DUBAI, UAE–29 September, 2020 : The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund (REF) has announced a new first of its kind partnership with Discovery Education to deliver award winning online learning, increasing access to education for thousands of refugees and vulnerable youth in Lebanon.

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

About three quarters of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in America are mainstreamed, learning alongside hearing students in schools and classes where sign-language interpreters are often in short supply. That reading deficit slows their learning in every other subject. Parents talking and reading to hearing children helps to develop the language- processing parts of their brains that will later help them to communicate and to learn. Read more about Blended Learning.

Are you ever too old to disrupt? What Penn Foster has been up to

The Christensen Institute

Penn Foster is a private company that operates a private online high school, career academy, and institution of higher education. Its high school enrollments saw only modest growth until the company put the product entirely online in 2006. Since then, like many online-learning companies, Penn Foster’s high school has seen significant growth. But its new ventures in the online high school space for adults mark an important new market that make it a company to watch.

Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Here’s a closer look at a few of the recent proposals: • A statewide online preschool program would bring online prekindergarten instruction to students under House Bill 201. The real-time lessons would be available at least three times a day and would be posted online.

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

The Hechinger Report

Those learning remotely from afar are classified as enrolled and are not among these empty seats.) They’re opting to wait a year because they don’t like the idea of studying online or missing out on a freshman campus experience.

Progress in getting underrepresented people into college and skilled jobs may be stalling because of the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

With schools mostly online, nearly one in four public school students in Detroit aren’t logging in or showing up , the superintendent says — many because they don’t have laptops or Wi-Fi. When you don’t have basic needs met, you can’t learn.”. “I

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

The Hechinger Report

What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.”. Like many alternative schools, The Charter School of San Diego allows students behind on credits to complete courses online at an accelerated pace. While credit recovery is one of the fastest-growing fields in online education, many programs are little more than diploma mills hastening students through the curriculum with insufficient support.

Why Obama’s higher ed ratings are struggling

The Christensen Institute

The QV Index would establish an opt-in mechanism to allow new low-cost, high-quality educational opportunities to bypass the current accreditation system to gain access to limited federal dollars to expand students’ choices around institutions focused on helping students improve their futures. Applying the QV Index just to a subset of new institutions would allow us to learn about the feasibility and unintended consequences of such a ratings system.

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Will the coronavirus transform or destroy higher education as we know it?

The Hechinger Report

But last week I had the opportunity to ask him about his latest recommendations and how and if he sees any chance of improving this landscape as the coronavirus shutters campuses and forces students online. Will a backdrop of economic ruin prompt higher education to listen to feedback on how to become more accountable, flexible and accessible? And there are added pressures now as colleges weigh whether to welcome students back to campus or continue online instruction.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Her high school had recently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to distance learning. Her cellphone’s data plan — the only way she could access the internet at home — wasn’t up to the task. Greenville schools have some of the highest school dropout rates in the state, and Johnson also viewed staying at home as necessary to defend her children’s chances of living an easier life. “I Widespread lack of broadband access complicates learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

Marketplace K-12

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the board of directors for Pluralsight , a Utah-based ed-tech company that provides online courses in various subjects, including software development and information technology, the news site Fast Company reported Thursday. Marketplace K-12 Ed-tech Leadership Online LearningBy Guest Blogger Andrew Ujifusa. Cross-posted from the Politics K-12. Former U.S.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. True equity can be achieved when one’s zip code, race, disability status, household income, native language(s), and other factors out of a student’s control don’t impact that student’s access to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that open doors to a happy, fulfilling life.

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HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

Blended and online learning is increasingly in demand by students. Read more: Why blended learning will become an educational norm. A range of specialist companies and private institutions is now providing excellent higher education components, as well as providing ancillary and support services such as examination and certification services, learning support, learning analytics, etc.

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8 Tips To Improve Your Online Classes

EdTechTeacher

Below are helpful tips to teach effectively to maximize learning, keep the attention of all the students, and manage various problems. This article is especially useful for teachers with little experience in online learning environments. By now you have probably given a few live online classes and are settling into a routine of what to do and how to do it. This is especially important for online classes. A guest post by Maggie Brennan.

The Value of the Online Program Management Industry

Wisewire

The Online Program Management (OPM) industry has emerged over the last decade as a key part of the online higher education marketplace, with $1.1 Over the last decade, online education has become mainstream. Online is especially effective in reaching the more than 30 million adult learners who have started but have not completed their degree. Not only are there more students going online, but there are more schools offering online programs and courses.

How rethinking regulation could help innovation thrive in higher education

The Christensen Institute

But despite a landscape that appears bleak, there are bright spots of innovation on the horizon, illuminating new models that can help students learn, earn college degrees, and find their way in the workforce—all at a fraction of the cost of traditional college. Founded in the late 1990’s by a bipartisan group of governors of western states, WGU was designed to serve adult learners through fully online, competency-based programs.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. In 2013, when we published our hybrids paper , Clay Christensen, Michael Horn, and Heather Staker predicted that the Station Rotation would remain the most popular blended-learning model at the elementary school level for years to come.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

Edsurge

We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. But this innovation is at odds with a generations-old notion of what school should look like and it is spurring debate of the merit of online schools. Many valid questions have been raised about online schools. How do you know learning is happening?

Does Online Education Help Low-income Students Succeed?

Edsurge

From the start, access has been the defining achievement of online learning. For a couple of decades, I championed online learning for its ability to uproot entrenched ideas in education, especially by engaging students in active learning, a pedagogical style rarely practiced on campus. But I was even more taken with digital learning’s ability to let underrepresented students leap virtually over high campus gates to earn college degrees as never before.

From rhetoric to reality: creating communities to forge a skills-based future

The Christensen Institute

Ruben: My co-founders learned to code at different bootcamps during the early years of the bootcamp industry, and we personally felt the pain that people from non-traditional educational backgrounds go through when trying to get a job. This helps bootcamps streamline their admissions process, prevent dropouts, focus on completion, and deliver on the outcomes that they have promised.

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

techlearning

Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. The Fuel Education ® Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. The 2018 Fuel Education (FuelEd®) Transformation Award winners are: Boulder Valley School District (Colo.) – for improving graduation rates and meeting student needs by providing online options for credit recovery and supplemental learning.

Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 2

Bryan Alexander

Continuing with our reading of Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable (2015) ( publisher ; Amazon ): this week we’re discussing chapter 2, “Shifting Landscape.” Alumni were worried that large pools of enrolled online students would dilute brands that had been carefully built over a hundred years.(1202).

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'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

Edsurge

The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year). We sit down with students and create a personalized learning plan for each of them. Most of them were dropouts.” “In

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Compared to white and affluent students, low-income and minority students have less access to nearly every type of educational benefit. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.