The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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I am overwhelmed with joy for my students because I know now they each stand a better chance of being a successful student,” said Regina Trout, who teaches the second-year kindergarteners at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown. ” Regina Trout, kindergarten teacher at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown, N.Y. based education reform advocacy group. A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. Photo: Meghan E. Murphy.

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New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

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O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

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For example, the focus of last summer’s global virtual camp was leadership and advocacy through the power of storytelling. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School Future of Learning Solutions English language learners Immigrants and Refugees International online learning

‘It’s very hard for us to get things we need’: Thousands of Mississippi teens face hunger and homelessness in pandemic

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Justin Lofton, director of Youth Engagement and Advocacy for the group, said a large percentage of applicants said their parents hadn’t yet received unemployment benefits after losing their jobs as a result of coronavirus closures, increasing the financial strain on their families.

#getESEAright: Make some noise for school library funding on Thursday night

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Studies show test scores trend higher in schools with full-time, certified school librarians. activism advocacy twitter Using the hashtag #getESEAright, ALA joins forces with NEA’s planned Twitter storm on Thursday, April 9 th from 7:00 till 8:00 PM Eastern.

Using teacher-leaders to improve schools

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. The model stems from an idea laid out in a paper almost a decade ago by Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel, co-presidents of Public Impact, an education advocacy organization.

Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials

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That upward trend has continued: Since 2016, such requests have increased 117 percent. Keya Wondwossen, the director of advocacy and public partnerships at DonorsChoose, drew on personal experiences to explain to reporters why this campaign is so important to her. Wondwossen is a former elementary school ESL teacher, and when she was in the classroom, she used to tell her students they were “language superheroes.” “The

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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Online training is useful to get staff up to speed on current legislation and trends, but face-to-face meetings, like working with a technology coach, are imperative to ensuring each student’s needs are met. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

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Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

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K-12 system, the context for OER will vary across states and districts, across institutional types (regular public schools, charter schools, and private schools), across school levels (elementary, middle and high school), and across technological reliance and sophistication of schools (online/blended programs versus more traditional classrooms). I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S.

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Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

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The extreme scarcity of counselors in Arizona, especially in elementary schools, puts students there at particular risk. Just before this crisis began, Arizona was poised to spend millions more on boosting its thin roster of counselors, thanks in part to the advocacy of students like Kumar.

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What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

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The Fab Lab is one way the Charleston County School District is trying to build career planning into curricula for children at earlier and earlier ages, a trend unfolding in school districts around the country. South Carolina’s Charleston County School District is among the many school districts around the country now working to modify and extend those programs to its middle and elementary schools. “It’s

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

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A student leaps during a game at Horizons Elementary School. Florida and Rhode Island now mandate 20 minutes of recess time a day for elementary school students. At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It Carrie Michiels, the physical education teacher at Horizons Elementary School, introduced “Fit in 15” breaks for classroom teachers to give kids the opportunity to move. APPLETON, Wisc.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

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Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. ARLINGTON, Va.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Two years ago, Isaac Paine Elementary won a competitive grant from the Rhode Island Office of Innovation to become a showcase “lighthouse school,” part of a statewide push to bring tech into education.

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Orientation Inspiration 2017

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This year, a couple of very clear trends emerged. Andy Plemmons and the Barrow (GA) Elementary faculty and staff are talking with their Barrow Buddies about what inspires them, how they hope they inspire you, and a few special pieces of trivia on this Flipgrid board. These are all things I do for free anyway, but it should be a great education/advocacy opportunity. In years past, I’ve written about orientation and strategies for opening the school year.

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What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?

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The Fab Lab is one way the Charleston County School District is trying to build career planning into curricula for children at earlier and earlier ages, a trend unfolding in school districts around the country. South Carolina’s Charleston County School District is among the many school districts around the country now working to modify and extend those programs to its middle and elementary schools. “It’s

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

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The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones. 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.

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

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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. So it was with parents at one of the first Basecamp schools, Marshall Pomeroy Elementary in Milpitas, a small city off the southern tip of San Francisco Bay.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. Students in Montclair State University’s dual certification program work on an assignment during class.

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Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

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The guide also noted that starting in elementary school, all students take Spanish, art and music classes. Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president for state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, says that, in some parts of the country, organizations that oversee charters have started to take a more active role in ensuring that the schools enroll a diverse student body. But if you look at the numbers, we’re trending in the right direction.”.

Bullied by the badge?

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The arrests at Terry High School, in a suburban district on the outskirts of Jackson, Mississippi, are part of a growing trend across the U.S. Four states — Mississippi, Indiana, Florida and Pennsylvania — passed such legislation in 2013, in the months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. . Between the fall of 2013 and late March 2016, Terry High School reported 53 arrests by school police officers, most for disorderly conduct.

Are we ready? How we are teaching – and not teaching – kids about climate change

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Scientists who study the issue say it is impossible to tell if the recent small warming trend is natural, a continuation of the planet’s recovery from the more recent ‘Little Ice Age,’ or unnatural, the result of human greenhouse gas emissions,” the Heartland passage stated.

Could we improve America by treating 2-year-olds better?

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percent for the European Union, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , which tracks international economic trends. As many as half of working parents chose informal, unregulated care for their young children, according to a 2016 study of the cost of child care by Child Care Aware, a nonprofit organization that tracks child care trends and advocates for more generous child care policies.

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” Via The New York Post : “Charter-school advocacy group to close up shop.” The Salt Lake City school board has voted to rename Jackson Elementary. million for California’s Ravenwood Elementary School District; $1 million to Stephanie Jones of the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and $75,000 to Matthew Biel of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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But this year, I’m reorganizing my analysis of these “trends,” partly because I think they can all be subsumed under the larger theme of “the new economy.” Arguably, there is no better example of this than the ongoing push that “everyone should learn to code,” led at the K–12 level by the industry-backed advocacy organization Code.org.

The Business of Education Technology

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” The Gates Foundation is perhaps the best known organization for furthering political advocacy through its funding mechanisms. According to Edsurge , changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will soon be another “ win for ed-tech vendors.” Financial data on the major corporations and investors involved in this and all the trends I cover in this series can be found on funding.hackeducation.com.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The image above from Google Trends helps demonstrate how popular the phrase has become in the intervening months. A study by George Washington University’s Center on Education Policy found that between 2001 and 2007, 36 percent of districts decreased elementary classroom time spent on social studies, including civics – a drop that most affected underfunded schools serving working-class, poor, rural, and inner-city kids."