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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.

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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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.

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

5 Ways to Battle Burnout

The CoolCatTeacher

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How We Disenfranchise Students of Color

The CoolCatTeacher

For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses.

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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.

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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. 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! How can you ensure that your courses meet expectations? Course offerings. Create the optimal course-mix that addresses those professions.

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.

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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. These challenges will not be easy to meet.

Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Of course there are always “early adopters” who love trying everything new, seem to have boundless energy and enthusiasm, appear to feel immune to the pressures normally associated with tenure and promotion, and quite often do amazing things.

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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. And I thought, “Okay, this is Captain Obvious, like, of course.”.

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‘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.

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. The company calls its program "Archways to Opportunity."

‘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.

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. Vicki: So… that’s a lot of meetings to have! How do you make time for meetings with these groups?

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.

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.

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.

Can Virtual Simulations Teach a Human Skill Like Empathy?


I thought, of course, that’s genius,” Marek says. The company’s simulations make use of virtual students and role playing techniques. The big question, of course, is how—and is it effective? A secondary goal is to provoke debate and discussion.

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. Schools and businesses can meet halfway to close the mentorship gap.

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.

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.

Scheduling for Students First is Essential to Boosting Achievement for All

First, the guidance counselors work with the students and get their course requests. Chis currently leads Growth & Impact at Abl, a mission-driven ed tech company offering next-generation scheduling solutions.

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.

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.

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. Northport, N.Y.,

5 Principles for Evaluating State Test Scores

The answer, of course, is to visit the school, talk to the staff and students, and observe the learning process. They need to look at the growth story as well as whether or not the students are meeting proficiency standards. What’s the best way to know what’s going on in schools?

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

As a result, rural students often lag their peers in advanced courses, and also in college attendance and completion. based education company that is part of a nonprofit consortium in the state. million online courses in 2014-15. But access to such courses is still a problem.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

December 15 University of New Hampshire to Host the State Finals forState’s Second Annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition


Intelitek’s collaborative and innovative approach to increasing access to STEM experiences for diverse NH communities aligns with UNH Cooperative Extension’s priority of meeting people where they are.

Integrated Education Management System ASSIST Expands Content with Apex Learning® Tutorials Research Proven to Improve Students’ Scores


Tutorials are available now in the fully integrated ASSIST ecosystem, designed by educators as a new approach in meeting the needs of education institutions with a single platform.

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What’s the best teacher planner to buy? (an unbiased opinion)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Despite the confusingly similar names, these are two completely separate companies/platforms. Of course, there are tons of great options out there, and no one planner is going to be perfect for every teacher.

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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