Advocacy of robo-readers hasn’t won the debate — it still misses the main point

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The Hechinger Report has a recent article out about the potential of software in the realm of robograders. The researchers then make efforts to determine why this is so (you can gamify writing via the software, students look at human instructors as punitive and the computer as nonjudgmental , computer feedback can be more individualized than human labor). The software was developed to meet assessment needs in a manner that notes ease, economy and standardization.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. Defining computer science education principles to meet needs of K-12 students. Ensure school districts have hardware and software. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

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Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

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Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day.

World Backup Day March 31st: Student data security

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Simply requesting a meeting to share your concerns on the topic is a great way to start the discussion and review their protocol. Beyond providing insight, security evaluations and LMS software help administrators address potential vulnerabilities and defend student data immediately.

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The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. All software—and hardware—should be vetted by a team of faculty and IT staff.

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

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Some use online programs or software to give students access to content at their individual level , allowing them to move through lessons at their own pace. Others have combined grade levels to best meet the needs of students.

Don’t say there’s a lack of STEM talent in the South

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His “quiet and relentless advocacy brought hundreds of African Americans into space industry jobs in the Deep South, helping to shift perceptions of black people in ways both subtle and profound,” wrote Michael Fletcher in the story.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The technology automatically detects differences between pen, touch, and palm erase, allowing teachers to teach efficiently without switching between software tools.

The New Design for School Networks

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Software and services hosted in the cloud: First and foremost, by using cloud-based programs, schools don’t need to worry about having the staff and skills to maintain the programs. She started her career as a software engineer at NASA supporting Space Shuttle and Station Operations.

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Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

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At each meeting reiterate the school’s commitment to digital safety, provide tips and insights into the technology used at the school, offer resources parents can refer to at home, and let them ask their questions about kids and media.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

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based education advocacy group. “It That effort began by having Vancouver’s librarians get trained in new software purchased by the district, so that they could train their school colleagues in turn.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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But, they also saw a large number of resources being recommitted to just this one aspect of education: space for server farms, money for hardware and software upgrades, overworked personnel, etc. In addition, develop security benchmarks, and don’t use any program that doesn’t meet them.

?Without Addressing Basic Needs, Student Success Strategies Fall Short

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She pointed to Amarillo College in Texas, which uses its predictive software to identify and reach out to students who might benefit from services like the college’s Advocacy and Resource Center, which oversees a clothing center, food pantry and social services. Still, Goldrick-Rab said that a major barrier to effectively using advising technologies and interventions is when students still struggle to meet basic needs.

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. From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America.

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

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Common Sense Privacy Evaluations Common Sense, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization, maintains a database that evaluates edtech tools on whether they are safe for use in schools. Tools that earn a “Use Responsibly” badge meet Common Sense’s minimum criteria, while those that are labeled “Use with Caution” fail to clearly or fully define how they protect student information. Some apps do more harm than good. And “free” apps often come with hidden costs.

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.” The Linux operating system is one of the most incredible success stories of the open source software movement. There is a popular myth that most of the people writing open source software do this work in their spare time for altruistic reasons.

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Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

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Both the wider internet and the narrower education space are filled with companies and organizations that provide value-added services around openly licensed software and content.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets.

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

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If students didn’t meet the college’s admissions requirements, company representatives gave them the chance to explain away any bad grades, the suit alleged. GMU is one of a number of schools across the country that have faced challenges from faculty advocacy groups over these partnerships.

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.

Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering the quality of college

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For the Computer Science Department, that meant eliminating requirements that students take a course in computational models and an introduction to compilers — software that translates computer code from one programming language into another.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

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He is a former teacher but spent 20 years away from the classroom working as a technology attorney and software executive. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product.

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

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Districts have spent thousands of dollars on consultants and software upgrades, and the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps that the law was supposed to help eliminate remain largely unchanged.

The CARE Framework

Iterating Toward Openness

We know that in parallel contexts, like open source software or Wikipedia, long-term sustainability can be possible with only a tiny fraction of all the beneficiaries of the open work contributing directly. The open source software community doesn’t discriminate against companies in this way, and I believe it is significantly stronger, more diverse, and more vibrant than the OER community because it does not.

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Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

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Nancy Loome, executive director and founder of the Parents’ Campaign, a nonprofit and grassroots education advocacy organization. We’re just trying to make ends meet with what we’ve got.”. A child rides a bike on the playground at Global Connections Learning Center in Jackson.

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

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Many watched instructional videos or worked with adaptive-learning software that adjusted lessons based on each student’s proficiency.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Who’s Meeting With DeVos ? Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” ” Not directly education-related, I suppose, but I think still relevant for thinking about the ideology of software (and software makers and software funders) is this story from The Washington Post : “From Silicon Valley elite to social media hate: The radicalization that led to Gab.”

Can the Right Nudge Help Low-income Kids Go 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.

With Schools Closed, Kids With Disabilities Are More Vulnerable Than Ever

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Some districts have plowed ahead with holding one-on-one lessons over software like Zoom and virtual meetings to discuss the individualized education plans — known as IEPs — that are required for students in special education. Updated at 9:31 a.m.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. In 2018, Mozilla said it would retire Backpack, its platform for sharing and displaying badges, and would help users move their badges to Badgr, software developed by the tech company Concentric Sky.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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She uses a software program popular among architects and designers. The students learn how to use industry-approved software programs and are often granted paid internships at local design firms and research labs, and Greeley’s planning and development departments.

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. Teachers can adapt or create new playlists and projects to meet their students’ needs. The software – students are all issued computing devices – track the clicks.

Donald Trump says one university spent $150 million a year complying with government red tape

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There were no representatives of students or advocacy groups, a coalition of these groups complained.). . Asked exactly where that money went—whether to salaries, software, office space, or other expenses—she would not elaborate.