What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

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But I’m not going to report back on those things for now. The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better.

5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers

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To assist the professional development process for both teachers and IT professionals, Digital Promise, in conjunction with Google , has established a new program called the Dynamic Learning Project to help introduce new education technology into the classroom. .

Preparing Our Students for the New Collar Workforce

The Innovative Educator

A report issued by the Pew Research Center found that only 46 percent of employed Millennials believe their education was very useful in preparing them for a job or career. Maker educator Kevin Jarrett, gives them a more familiar name: Digital shop class.

As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

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The university offers digital badges rather than degrees or certificates for the completion of some courses. He was also curious about the credential being offered for successfully completing the course: not a conventional degree or a certificate, but a “badge.”. “I

BloomBoard Appoints New CEO, Restructures Focus Around Micro-Credentials

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A landmark report from TNTP, a nonprofit organization, estimated that the 50 largest U.S. To tackle this major problem, Digital Promise , a nonprofit founded in 2008 with authorization from Congress, has been steadfastly working on a framework for “ micro-credentials.” These digital badges aim to signal that teachers can perform or demonstrate the skill for which they were awarded. The company also downsized personnel but Kenyon did not share further details.

Strengthening the Workforce Bridge Between Community Colleges and Employers

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Yet a sometimes overlooked part of that community are local companies and businesses that hope—and need—to find skilled workers. As students enroll and complete courses, they earn digital badges in a “Skills Passport” that school counselors and recruiters can see. This digital tool signals that a student has attained the prerequisite skills for a specific career or vocational path. Some companies specifically aim to hire veterans).

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

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And lately, the topic has made its way into discussions around digital credentials in higher education. Komarny, formerly the Chief Digital Office at the University of Texas, kicked off the event explaining why some higher-ed leaders are thinking of applying blockchain technology to credentialing. As EdSurge reported in October 2017, those programs are now creating a situation where learners are accumulating more credentials from different providers.

Sony Vows to Bring “Blockchain” Tech to Education. Will It Take Hold in K-12?

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Blockchain is known today primarily for its use in the world of finance, most notably for Bitcoin , a digital payment system or type of “crypto-currency,” meant to be powered by users, rather than a central authority. company, then graduated from a Japanese university, he said.

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Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Hechinger Report : “Documenting Maine ’s failure to implement proficiency-based education.” The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall , formerly a gynecologist in the university’s health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced.” Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet. The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). Via Education Week : “A report released by Innovation Ohio , a progressive think tank, indicates the nine schools in the Reflector readership area lost an average of nearly $482,633 over the last six years to ECOT.” ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online charter school company.

Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

The credentials come from many sources: traditional universities, online platforms like edX, trade organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Institute and companies like Jiffy Lube and IBM. Adam Braun started the company as “an alternative for those looking for more career focus.”

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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Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” Via the US News & World Report : “ Why Few Borrowers Have Pursued PSLF.” Via The Hechinger Report : “How slavery helped build many U.S. Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.”

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“Asked About Discrimination , Betsy DeVos Said This 14 Times,” NPR reports : “Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law.” said Thursday that he is still part of a higher education initiative for President Donald Trump,” Politico reports. ” “After nearly seven years on the job, New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down,” The Albuquerque Journal reports. Education Politics.

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Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” Edsurge profiles the latest from Degreed : “This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.). Via Edsurge : “As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico , Coding Bootcamps Follow.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” The company – funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Pearson, Learn Capital, and others – says it will remain open. ” MIT , New York University , and Yale are being sued by employees, “accused of allowing their employees to be charged excessive fees on their retirement savings,” The New York Times reported on Tuesday. ” Elsewhere, more claims about “the global poor” and MOOCs (and other ed-tech companies) in Edsurge.

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” “ Kansas lawmakers, trying to head off a court shutdown of the state’s public schools, have increased aid to poor districts by $38 million,” NPR reports. ” (Related, via the US News & World Report : “Women Losing Out on Career and Technical Education.”). Public Schools,” WAMU reports on the surprise news. ” “ ACT Will Change Scoring Scale for Writing Test,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.). MIT will issue digital diplomas on the blockchain.