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MiEN Company Introduces New Furniture Product Offerings to Solve Learning Space Challenges

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MiEN Company, a global company serving the education industry with innovative furniture products and services that promote and support active and interactive learning environments, has introduced four new product offerings to help institutions take active learning spaces to a new level.

Meet Two Leaders Trying to Reinvent College


But then he pursued a career in business, first at a strategy consulting firm, and later working his way up to CEO of a tech company called Snapfish, which did photo sharing and hosting and printing and that kind of thing before Instagram existed. Jones: I spent 15 years as a traditional college professor, and the courses I taught were in business departments—usually organizational behavior and leadership courses.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses.

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LaGuardia Community College: Where Business and Tech Education Meet


As the need for affordable education grows, community colleges are well positioned to provide post-secondary degrees, credentials or training to meet workforce needs. LaGuardia’s program, known as TechIMPACT , will partner with tech education companies including General Assembly, Udacity and The Software Guild to provide accelerated tech training for more than 300 low-income young adults over the next three years. “We

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations


Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs. Professors and universities could choose a different textbook, different course materials,” says Beth Fegan, managing partner at FeganScott law firm who is representing two students in one of the cases. “It’s

5 Ways to Battle Burnout

The CoolCatTeacher

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HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


Naturally, technology plays a central role in scaling quality education supply to meet this demand. Demand for shorter, more focused courses is growing, and universities are finding themselves “unbundling” their core offerings in order to keep up. There is evidence that universities have a slow-changing culture , when compared to for instance high- or secondary-schools. It seems that technical training is less relevant here than e-learning course design.

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How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education


Finnish kindergartens typically have the same measures and standards for variables such as staff ratio (required maximum is 14:1), infrastructure, training and curriculum requirements that primary and secondary schools have, although there is a large degree of latitude afforded municipalities, and administrators in terms of course design, timetables etc. There are around 80 education development companies in Finland, and 22 of them participated in EDUDigi.

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Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

Some sort of obstacle course? The next day they came in to pre-designed obstacle courses, where they had to find the golden statue with the roving jumping droids, or fly through hula hoops with the flying droids. And then the next day, they took on that role themselves of becoming the leader, as they design the obstacle course for other teams. What standards are you meeting using drones in your classroom?” What standards are you meeting using drones in your classroom?

Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes


The days of gauging learning success on the basis of simple metrics like enrollment, attendance, or course completion are long gone! Today, the most important metric is whether your institution is able to successfully deliver its curriculum — and whether the students were successful in getting what they expected from the course. How can you ensure that your courses meet expectations? Course offerings. Course design.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

For school counselors, what’s key is that school counselors have the ability to look at the demographics of a school, to look at where students are going in terms of course placement. In my classroom, we talk of course about Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace, who was the world’s first programmer. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief


Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning. The Secondary School for Journalism is one of about 380 schools nationwide using Summit Learning, a personalized learning program that involves the use of an online instructional software, called the Summit Platform. Some weren’t showing any credit for the courses they’d taken and passed—courses that were necessary to graduate.

How Introducing AI Across the Curriculum May Address Key Equity Concerns


Black: I think our program meets a unique set of needs in the AI education space right now. In general, companies and organizations have been working primarily on student-facing resources. Are these courses mostly for STEM educators?

Turn the Page: Looking Beyond the Textbook for Culturally-Responsive Curriculum


As the leader of an education company, it was a sobering reminder of the complexities and responsibilities involved in creating curriculum. Of course, curriculum is only a small part of what’s needed to create culturally-responsive classrooms. So how can curriculum publishers and educational companies be meaningful partners in creating culturally-responsive classrooms? To do this, educational companies need to rise to several key challenges.

5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. Aerospace companies now realize that cockpits with all these switches is completely visually overwhelming for pilots and can create cognitive overload in stressful situations. And I thought, “Okay, this is Captain Obvious, like, of course.”.

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Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online


Avida is the husband of Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, and one of the first board members of the company that helped put the spotlight on massive online open courses, or MOOCs. It was never secondary for me, as it is for some faculty,” she says. Pandemic closes school.

Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

These materials frequently include some integrated configuration of instructional content, quizzes, homework systems that provide infinite practice, automatic grading, and immediate feedback, teaching helps like Powerpoints and pacing guides, and analytics tools that give faculty some view into how their individual students (and course as a whole) are doing. Or remix existing open source tools to meet their needs.

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The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

VLACS has long been on my radar as an important experiment in how to scale competency-based approaches by offering students self-paced learning modules broken down to the grain size of the competency, rather than an entire course. Their new model scales flexibility in both pace and path: students can learn through courses, projects, experiences in their communities, team-based activities, or dual enrollment in local colleges.

Powerful Leadership, Vision, and Problem Solving for Districts

The CoolCatTeacher

And they also have an influence when it comes to meeting with legislators and other individuals that make policies. We meet with them on a monthly basis, and we try to give them as much information as we can about what’s going on in our schools so they can serve as ambassadors in the community about the things that have taken place in our district. Vicki: So… that’s a lot of meetings to have! How do you make time for meetings with these groups?

When College Becomes a Benefit of Employment


More employers at least are offering tuition assistance to workers or even letting them take courses for free. Big-name companies are doing this—think Starbucks, Walmart, Chipotle and McDonald's to name a few. Companies are hoping the move will attract workers and keep them from leaving so quickly; for colleges, these efforts can be a source of new students, especially for new online programs. The company calls its program "Archways to Opportunity."

How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry


There’s a misconception that there’s such a thing as ‘self-driving car technology,’” says Sudha Jamthe, who designed and teaches the first autonomous vehicles business course for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. What people in this industry are looking for depends a lot on the company,” Wyglinski says. There are the Teslas, Waymos and Ubers of the world—companies looking to get self-driving vehicles on the road in two or three years.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs


Even teacher prep programs that are offered via online courses don’t necessarily instruct teacher candidates how to educate students remotely, says Lynn Gangone, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. A Foundation of Research You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the pandemic-era panic, but online education for elementary and secondary schools is not new. The Guide to Teaching Online Courses , from the National Education Association.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online


So Boyle, who is a secondary school principal at Dalian American International School, located on China’s northeastern coast, let teachers email assignments during the first few weeks out and skip most instruction. It's really hard when you can’t read the room and know how well something is going,” says Boyle, the secondary school principal in Dalian, adding that his most successful teachers are supplementing their classes with individual or small group video conferences on a weekly basis.

Can Virtual Simulations Teach a Human Skill Like Empathy?


I thought, of course, that’s genius,” Marek says. Earlier this year, the Santa Clara district held a one-day training for hundreds of teachers and support staff using simulation software from a company called Kognito , which specializes in creating one-on-one virtual conversations around health-related topics, such as bullying, suicide prevention and substance abuse. The company’s simulations make use of virtual students and role playing techniques.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

Startups and established tech companies are providing a crash course in entrepreneurship, sending engineers and designers into public schools to mentor students. Working in the gig economy as a contractor with a ride-share company precludes the kinds of deep relationships that lead to professional advancement. Schools and businesses can meet halfway to close the mentorship gap. But not enough companies provide these opportunities.

Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent


Finding the right candidate is not only important in order to get the job done but it is also essential for building a healthy company culture. Building a quality referral program not only incentivizes your current workforce to take a personal interest in cultivating company culture, it also functions as a de facto screening system to ensure that you’re working with an internally-vetted applicant pool at all times. Be sure to interact with job seekers and other edtech companies.

Delayed Graduation, Thesis on Hiatus: In China, College Students Hit Pause


Across China, primary and secondary schools are announcing dates for the long-awaited re-opening of classroom doors. A law major at the Macau University of Science and Technology, Jiang Dong said most of her courses have been live-streamed via Zoom. But this year, with many Chinese companies having already laid off employees in order to stay afloat, the challenge will get even more cutthroat for the estimated 8.7

First MakerBot Innovation Center at a high school opens

eSchool News

After numerous classroom projects and strong demand from their students, they decided in the spring of 2016 with the support of the school district to massively elevate 3D printing by installing a MakerBot Innovation Center, making MOHS the first secondary school worldwide with such an offering. The two main courses currently offered are engineering and industrial design.

The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

Iterating Toward Openness

The major publishers are publicly traded companies with growth and earnings expectations they have to meet. And when the number of units you sell is dropping, the only way to meet revenue goals is to raise prices on the few units you do sell. However, should it turn out that some of this company’s products are effective (or more effective than their competitors’ offerings), what do you suppose will happen to pricing?

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Deal with online giant threatens Pennsylvania colleges, Moody’s warns

The Hechinger Report

Arizona State is entering into agreements with many companies, such as Starbucks, which is another way that online giants are steering students away from traditional public colleges. The 10 percent discount at Southern New Hampshire boils down to $288 per credit hour, or $864 per course. Often the courses they’ve already taken at their community college don’t meet a four-year institution’s requirements.

Why gamification works [Part 1]


Candy Crush, a mobile gaming phenomenon, earns its makers, Swedish-based King Games, big money: $250 million in the company’s last declared quarter alone. One last point about what gamification isn’t – the fabulous online math puzzles, and outer space VR adventures teachers often use in class are also not gamification, they are simply just games, whose secondary objective is that kids learn something while having fun, or doing a puzzle.

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

The Hechinger Report

It seemed an uncontroversial ask — of course I wanted his class to have the supplies they needed for the year. The Title I program identifies what fiscal resources schools need, but Congress hasn’t allocated enough resources to meet those needs. Aggregated over the past 13 years — the length of a child’s elementary and secondary school career — Congress has failed to appropriate $347 billion towards the education of low income students, primarily Black and Brown.

How the 6 'E's of Social Can Get More Traction to Your Tweets


During the course of about a week this September its #WhyApply hashtag garnered 2,367 uses, 625 unique users and 5.3 Big consumer brands like fast food chains and tech companies pour tons of money into understanding the behaviors of Gen Z and using modern-day marketing techniques to reach them. While student-facing edtech companies, colleges and even educators looking to reach this group may know that appealing to Gen Z is essential, many don’t know where to start.

Scheduling for Students First is Essential to Boosting Achievement for All

First, the guidance counselors work with the students and get their course requests. In addition to changing the regular school day schedule, Garcia also opened up AP and honors classes to all students, extended the school and moved sports practice to later in the afternoon to allow for extra tutoring, and started a summer academy to prepare students for the higher-level courses.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Even before a deluge of fibs and fakery swamped our recent election cycle, Wineburg and company realized that readers of online news need many of the same skills used by a good historian, such as identifying the sources of claims and asking questions about their evidence. In January, they plan to launch a massive online open course (aka a MOOC) called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. Northport, N.Y.,