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Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

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A recent New York Times investigation found that many companies receive such precise, extensive data on their users that they—and anyone else they share this information with—could easily identify a single individual and pinpoint their location. That user data is often sold to or shared with other companies, such as advertisers who have a vested interest in behavioral data, and it’s not as anonymous as people think. Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It The idea that young children need to move a lot is fairly intuitive to anyone who has ever spent time in the company of a child under age eight. K-12 News Data and research Funding Solutions

Teachers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

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were underfunded by $580 billion in federal dollars alone — money that was specifically targeted to support 30 million of our most vulnerable students,” says a new report published by the education advocacy nonprofit, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

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A recent survey by the polling company Socialsphere of 14- to 29-year-olds revealed that top priorities among these voters are gun control, access to higher education, and healthcare reform — all issues that stick in the craw of Republicans.

School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

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When we meet with school counselors, one of the things that we share out is the data regarding Bachelor’s degrees that are being conferred in this country, and the number of jobs that are available. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

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In addition, partner with the education technology provider in developing a plan that will meet your district’s curriculum and strategic goals. As a district, understand what your success criteria is before engaging with edtech companies. Choose a company whose experience meets your needs The edtech market is complex, which can make potential choices seem overwhelming. Educators leverage data to personalize student learning and support school resourcing decisions.

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Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

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Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. Even though the companies are often taking the bulk of the tuition revenue the degree programs pull in, the firms still aren’t profitable in many cases.

Tolerating failing schools in New Orleans — so long as they’re for black kids

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Our Voice Nuestra Voz, a non-profit education advocacy group in New Orleans, analyzed the school performance scores data and found that approximately 15,000 students attend these failing schools.

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If public education is ever going to meet the needs of low-income students, ideas for change must get beyond the constant war of words fueled by advocacy journalism, partisan blogging and fake news.

?Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short

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According to Hoori Kalamkarian, a researcher at the Community College Research Center who also spoke Thursday, technology-assisted advising could play a role—provided that any data collected doesn’t algorithmically reinforce biases. Others at the conference stressed that successful initiatives must also put emphasis on the student needs that data alone cannot solve, like housing and food insecurity. “Do College advisors and education leaders gathered in Nashville, Tenn.,

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY COMPANY BUILDING BLOCKS OF SCIENCE 3D ( www.carolina.com/help/pressreleases/2018/building-blocks-of-science-3d ) Carolina Biological Supply Company launched the new Building Blocks of Science 3D hands-on unit kits for students in grades K to 5.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

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Only about one in five of 2016 graduates got full-time jobs in legal offices, the advocacy organization Law School Transparency reported. I will not shut down my investigations or stand by while loan-servicing companies are given a free pass to cheat students.”.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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EdSurge Sessions In between hearty servings of Tex-Mex and meat, won’t you have time to stop by and meet? Where School Safety, Security, & Surveillance Meet Happy hour will have to wait, as we kick our sessions off with a sobering and important conversation that warrants your attention. Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business. ClassLink Analytics gives decision makers the usage data they need.

Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education

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After a career working at tech-centric companies including Google and Quora in product roles, Liu Huang joined CZI in 2017 to oversee the product development, notably the Summit Learning platform. CZI aims to be a different type of philanthropy looking to integrate grantmaking, advocacy and technology to serve others. You’ve helped build products for Google and Facebook, companies that in recent months have been scrutinized over data collection and sharing practices.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

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To counteract these realities, Román-Lagunas said her staff members have been analyzing Latinx students’ data — majors, feeder high schools and retention rates, for example — to see where they can make a difference.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

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To offset all this double counting, there is the separate issue of the many “whole course” OER that OTL refuses to index because they don’t meet the OTL’s definition of “textbook.” If you look at textbook sales data, you find the omnipresent long tail – a very few high enrolling courses accounting for a large amount of textbook sales, with upper-level and graduate courses accounting for a vanishingly small number of sales.

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The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

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School “implementation managers” visit schools regularly to make sure teachers are trained in blended learning techniques and synchronize the data to double-check progress. “We Related: Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for Internet speed.

Here’s What College Advisors Wish the Tools Built for Them Would Really Do

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Even in the age of online lectures and digital courseware, college advising has remained relatively low-tech: sketching out degree plans with a pencil and paper during one-off meetings between students and advisors. That’s starting to change, though, as more companies and campuses create technology-augmented advising systems like predictive analytics, self-service course registration platforms and early-alert tools. Better data-sharing across campus.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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District IT offices were taking on the same tasks as Fortune 500 companies without the ability to implement them as effectively. The detailed data helps administrators make informed purchasing decisions. ClassLink Analytics gives decision makers the usage data they need.

Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Shelton, who had served in the Department of Education during the Obama administration, began meeting with the pair in 2015 after he had joined the online graduate education company, 2U. What became clear was that we shared some core beliefs,” Shelton writes of his early meetings with Chan and Zuckerberg. He insisted we build a ‘learning-fast’ organization,” pushing the College Board to gather data about the most effective practices for helping students on exams.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

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Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

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

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Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide.

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

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Lake Oconee Academy was the brainchild of the Reynolds Lake Oconee real estate company. The analysis used federal enrollment data for the 2015-16 school year, the most recent year for which that data is available from the U.S.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

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What they lack is college-educated relatives, counselors, role models or mentors to make sure they take the courses and meet the deadlines they need to, or who encourage them to think about their further educations.

Increasingly skeptical students, employees want colleges to show them the money

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One of the most active student clubs at Michigan State University meets every other Wednesday in a room above a buzzing cafeteria. In Colorado, adjunct instructors at community colleges have used public-records law to dig through data showing vast disparities in pay.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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ATLANTA — Brent Agnew remembers feeling a sense of relief when he left the meeting called to discuss his 6-year-old son Caleb’s anxiety attacks. One parent at a public meeting said that a police officer had told her that her son “would get better services in jail” than at her local school.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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An advocacy for libertarian politics – think Peter Thiel (a Stanford graduate) now advising Donald Trump. ” Despite thinking of themselves as liberal-learning, today’s tech companies re-inscribe much of this. More data collection.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via NPR : “Data Shows 99% Of Applicants For A Student Loan Forgiveness Program Were Denied.” ” There’s more data on student loans in the research and data section at the bottom. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9

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The Business of Education Technology

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But even without knowing the funding data for the month of December, I can say a lot. Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. And when they do, the data is often a mess.).

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

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To build public support for the changes, the foundation also gave smaller grants to youth and immigrant advocacy groups in the districts. It’s a ton of data entry, but none of it has appeared on students’ report cards, which still include traditional numerical grades.

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BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets. to streamline workflows for assessment and data analysis.

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What’s school without grade levels?

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For testing and student data reporting, Northern Cass will still link students with an expected year of graduation. “We’ll When you meet somebody and ask how old their kids are, they say, oh, they’re in third grade or fourth grade,” noted Phillips of ExcelinEd.

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” “Who’s Meeting With DeVos ? News from the most well-funded ed-tech company, student loan provider SoFi : SoFi settles w/ FTC over allegations it misrepresented how much borrowers save by refinancing. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” Really looking forward to this new testing company though! ” Data, Surveillance, and Information Security.