Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Effective Advocacy. They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. Preface.

New Advocacy Campaign Calls for Banning Facial Recognition on College Campuses.

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Indeed, last week saw the launch of “ Ban Facial Recognition on Campus ,” a nationwide campaign from the nonprofit advocacy organizations Fight for the Future and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. These advocacy efforts in K-12 schools, she adds, may have influenced the new college campaign.

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Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Those are the findings of a report recently released by researchers at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. The iPhone App store offers dozens of apps aimed at preschool students.

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New report gives Mississippi an F in regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges

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A new report says the state of Mississippi does not do enough to regulate for-profit colleges. Photo: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report. Check out the full report and details on Mississippi’s scores here.

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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. The Hechinger Report enables me to freely pursue truth. Support The Hechinger Report!

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Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

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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. Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard said he hopes to eventually have the company provide free or discounted subscriptions to the courses to people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities.

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

Digital Promise

Real change can come from our unanimous stance against ineffective edtech, including predatory companies who make baseless claims in order to sell their products. While there are certainly exceptions, this human interaction standard can serve as a compass to guide our investments and advocacy.

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What’s the key to ending vaping? Not following smoking’s roadmap

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If you’ve read the news recently, you’ve seen a harrowing trend: at least six people in the United States have died from vaping-related lung illness, with hundreds more cases of illness currently reported.

Google Gets $170M Fine and Pledges to Protect Children on YouTube. Will It Matter?

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In April 2018, privacy advocacy groups filed a complaint stating that YouTube had been illegally collecting personal data about minors who use its service without their parents’ consent, and used that information for advertising purposes. How much is $170 million?

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

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Some of the conclusions may not come as a surprise in the Omidyar Network’s report on what works in scaling education technology in different regions worldwide. Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. But what may surprise some readers of the report, released Monday, is what the United States can learn from developing nations when it comes to bringing together all parties interested in edtech. says the report.

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

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. The companies have done well.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

You know, the advocacy is not lost on them. Tip #2: Remember that we’re mandatory reporters. I would say, maybe a caution for first year teachers — I think many teachers are aware, but – we’re all mandatory reporters.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. It just goes against everything we know about child development and what’s best for children,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

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We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers.

How our district uses tech to fight cyberbullying

eSchool News

It involves creating positive school climates, adopting rigorous reporting systems, and educating students and parents about digital citizenship and how to use social media responsibly. Bullying is a real danger for students today. More than 28 percent of U.S.

How to Engage More Girls in Coding

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Corinne Roller, director of advocacy and public policy for the nonprofit group Girls Who Code , says the proportion of women in computing jobs has actually been trending downward over the last few decades. “If Every single company in every single industry has a demand for computing jobs.

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Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

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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. When you have shared your success criteria in this evaluation, savvy edtech companies understand what is required to achieve the goals set out in the evaluation.

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As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

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Photo: Trxlation for The Hechinger Report. It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

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EducationSuperHighway’s advocacy supported the district’s efforts perfectly. E-rate is funded by collecting fees that telecommunications companies pass on to customers, and it supports massive discounts on goods and services for schools and libraries.

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.

Short on financial knowledge, some school districts get bad deals on bonds

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Whitney Curtis for The Hechinger Report. Whitney Curtis for The Hechinger Report. Most school districts don’t have a municipal bond expert on staff or on their board, leaving them at the mercy of financial companies to guide them through the bond issuance process.

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. Some apps do more harm than good.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

So he hired the same company who developed that game to also develop this game. If they miss a payment, they don’t know that it’s on the credit report for 7 years. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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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.”.

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.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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In 2017, EducationSuperHighway’s annual “State of the States” report declared 94 percent of U.S. He’d spent his career building and selling companies in various industries, including finance, telecommunications, software and consumer retail.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

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Institutions have access to more student data than ever before—but it's hard to really grasp what that means, since many of the digital tools that colleges use are from third parties or companies that keep their algorithms private.

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#AskExcelinEd: How has access to computer science education increased in the past year?

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In order to keep this technology wave going, we need more people with these skills—not just in Silicon Valley firms or technology corridors—but in diverse businesses like banks, manufacturing plants, power companies and farms.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

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The Hechinger Report visited schools in India recently and talked to experts about blended learning – which includes an element of online learning with in-class instruction – and the potential it has for helping both teachers and students in the world’s second-most populous country.

Scrutiny of colleges that get billions in GI Bill money remains mired in bureaucracy

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Zovio, Ashford’s parent company, declined to discuss Baca’s case unless he signed a waiver, but generally denied assertions that it improperly told veterans they were not eligible for GI Bill benefits. Photo: Peggy Peattie for The Hechinger Report.

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

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Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report. trillion worth of outstanding national student loan debt , the College Board reports; each owes three times more , on average, than an undergraduate, according to the Urban Institute. Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report. The St.

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Impero Software Names Richard Fuller as New CEO and Announces its New Austin, TX Headquarters in the U.S.

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19, 2018 – Impero Software has announced the appointment of Richard Fuller as its new CEO to drive the company’s next phase of growth as it bolsters its global business plan. It also provides anonymous reporting features and tools to help schools and IT departments manage multiple devices.

Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

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Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report , released last week, by Gary Miron, a professor at Western Michigan University, and Charisse Gulosino, an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.

When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

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David Kaup for The Hechinger Report. David Kaup for The Hechinger Report. The funding structure “is inherently and persistently inequitable,” the 21st Century School Fund report authors concluded. David Kaup for The Hechinger Report. David Kaup for The Hechinger Report. “We

The canary in the law school coal mine

The Christensen Institute

News & World Report’s annual rankings. Companies like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have created a do-it-yourself model for legal services, and others like Ravel and ROSS that improve lawyers’ research and productivity, have changed the profession and business models. Whittier College’s announcement last month that it will no longer admit students to its law program makes it the first fully accredited law school in the United States to shut down.