New programs find ways to foster student resilience

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The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning. Megan Nickels, PedsAcademy founder, helps Ella Greene build a robotic version of her dog. Last November, toward the end of Ella’s year of treatment, PedsAcademy opened at the hospital, bringing virtual reality field trips, robots and math lessons that didn’t feel like school. “I

The messy reality of personalized learning

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Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. 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. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Higher Education.

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Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

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We believe in the idea of trying on different identities: ‘I’m going to be a photographer, robotics engineer, or actor in a Shakespeare play.’ ”. Fifth-graders (from left) Jayden Vargas, David Bojorque, and Ariyana Denny figure out how to make their Lego robot move in a robotics class at Elm City College Prep, in New Haven, Connecticut. Higher Education. What students need, some education experts say, is a powerful incentive to keep going.

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education

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Over the last decade, we’ve seen educational institutions—from K-12 schools to colleges and universities—make tremendous strides in seizing the opportunities that modern technologies provide. In fact, 96 percent of leading research institutions are already using Amazon Web Services (AWS), as are 19 of the top 20 best-funded education technology startups. Here are the top five ways that the cloud is changing education today; many of them may surprise you.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Education Week : “Reorganization of U.S. Lots of Republicans , Few Democrats,” says Education Week. There’s another story on DeVos and virtual schools down in the “online education” section below.

Do students buy into maker culture?

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A new report from robotics and open-source hardware provider DFRobot aims to find out by analyzing DIY-labeled products hosted on Kickstarter. The results of this learning model speak for themselves, with the district rising in state education rankings, as well as experiencing fewer high school dropout rates. Maker culture is going mainstream.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

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The lack of social interaction could be one reason behind high dropout rates in online classes. Often in online courses students disappear and drop,” says Barbara Illowsky, dean of basic skills and online educational resources (OER) and a professor of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. “I’m Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary LearningMost online courses are a solitary experience for learners.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. King to be the assistant secretary of postsecondary education.” ” (State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education. Education in the Courts. HQ Education has raised $7.3

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(National) Education Politics. Thoughts on how this might effect education from Inside Higher Ed , from NPR , from Internet2 (via Bryan Alexander), from The Washington Post , and from Edsurge. ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people." That’s his explanation for how he thinks about the role of education in the 21st century. A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. From the US Department of Education ’s Press Office : “U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today congratulated both Scott Stump and James Blew on being confirmed by the U.S. ” Immigration and Education.

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(National) Education Politics. ” “The White House on Monday announced that it would nominate Mitchell “Mick” Zais as deputy secretary of education ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” is how Education Week describes the news. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Inside the Free-Speech Case That Caught Jeff Sessions’ Eye.” ” Andy Smarick worries that conservatives are divided over education reform.

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Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “For Some Republicans, Trump ’s Higher-Ed Proposals Reflect ‘Lost Opportunity’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Trump Threatens Visas for Those From China.” ” Education Politics. Via NPR : “The Return Of Bilingual Education In California ?” Education in the Courts.

E-learning’s Promise and Failure

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Since the early days of computers, many of us dreamed of how computers were going to revolutionize education. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but we knew that the “personal” computer made it possible to individualize education. In learning, one size does not fit all, so individualized education is the “holy grail” of education! Is it surprising that the e-learning student dropout rate is up to 50%? Would you use such a robot tutor?

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(National) Education Politics. Not so fast , says Doug Levin : “Scant Details, Fuzzy Math in $500 Million Public-Private Computer Science Education Push.” ” Trump has, of course, proposed some $9 billion in funding cuts to the Department of Education, so this is hardly “new money.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What You Need to Know About the New Guidance on Title IX.” State and Local) Education Politics.

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(National) Education Politics. ” “Not An Advocate for Students or the Public Interest” – historian Sherman Dorn on “ Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.” ” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. billion from the Department of Education.

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Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind.” ” The Department of Education press release : “U.S. ” Education in the Courts.

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Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Education Department hires include a venture capitalist, members of the Trump campaign, and a KIPP school founder. Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.”

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Diagnostic products and software systems that target specific areas of learning for improvement can help students find success, freeing educators to help every learner reach their personal best within one classroom. Here are a few schools that are getting high marks for adapting to this changing educational landscape. The district faced challenges with dropouts and reduced graduation rates due to failed classes, school transfers, and absences due to weather and medical issues.

What happens when two separate and unequal school districts merge?

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Their schools were crumbling and had twice been taken over by the Mississippi State Board of Education for failing to provide students with an adequate education. Starkville, in contrast, was regarded as a successful school system, offering opportunities such as Advanced Placement classes and robotics competitions through a career and technology center. It’s about improving education for all kids,” said school district Superintendent Lewis Holloway.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. ” Via The Washington Post : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asked whether leakers could be prosecuted , internal report shows.” Immigration and Education. ” More via The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Trump has promised manufacturing jobs, but high school grads might want to seek credentialed “middle-skills” posts instead

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Those blue-collar jobs – at least as we remember them in our collective imagination – went to people, mostly men, fresh out of high school, graduate and dropout alike. In 1967, fully three-quarters of the American workforce had a high school education or less. It was all the education they needed to earn a middle-class living. Related: If the anger that propelled Trump’s win is economic, can higher education fix it? But what we really have is an education deficit.