New programs find ways to foster student resilience

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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 And she’s in the process of building a robotic version of her dog, River. Schools can use technology to help level the playing field by expanding all students’ networks.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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Anxiety over the influence of technology in schools, as in our lives, is an old story — but one made painfully acute by the glowing smartphone on which you may be reading this article. Nearly two decades ago, the reporter Todd Oppenheimer documented the aggressive rise of emerging Silicon Valley technologies — personal computers and the Internet — in the nation’s public schools. Gist: Our goal is to be the first state to fully blend technology into all schools.

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‘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." Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology. He’s optimistic that technology can help people achieve a higher quality of life in a future where work is increasingly automated and distributed across the globe.

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Do students buy into maker culture?

eSchool News

A new report from robotics and open-source hardware provider DFRobot aims to find out by analyzing DIY-labeled products hosted on Kickstarter. One school district in Pennsylvania, for example, partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to build maker spaces in its middle and high schools, encouraging students to use technology to design and build their own creations. Maker culture is going mainstream.

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

Edsurge

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. After intervening and supporting approximately 16,000 students, dropout rates have decreased and test scores have improved.

3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Digital Promise

NSLA states summer learning loss “ is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. Vancouver Public Schools hosted a Girls Lead the Way summer robotics camp at McLoughlin Middle School. Making technology and online resources available throughout the year.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. This technology solved another of the district’s biggest struggles—implementing an effective common assessment among 12 elementary and middle schools. The district faced challenges with dropouts and reduced graduation rates due to failed classes, school transfers, and absences due to weather and medical issues. Technology is blended in a unique way throughout the PAUSD program.

What happens when two separate and unequal school districts merge?

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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. The school district had a 27 percent dropout rate in 2014. Students warm up in choir, one of the many extracurricular classes offered at Starkville High Photo: Nicole Lewis. This story is the second in an ongoing series about the last days of desegregation. STARKVILLE, Miss.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT.” ” asks Campus Technology. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via The New York Times : “Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology and Ethics of A.I. Via Edsurge : “ Robots Won’t Replace Instructors , 2 Penn State Educators Argue.

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. The reality is that in recent years, 88 percent of job loss in manufacturing is due to gains in productivity , such as increased use of robots. Anthony Carnevale. I miss watching Gunsmoke on Saturday nights. I miss casseroles. I miss canasta games with friends. I miss browsing the new video releases at Blockbuster.

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Hack Education

” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” Via Campus Technology : “Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Robots will replace teachers by 2027 ,” Futurism predicts.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Atlantic : “Why Many College Dropouts Are Returning to School in North Carolina.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Futurism.com : “Here Are the States Where a Robot Is Most Likely to Steal Your Job.” All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. (Oh

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Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Susan Crawrford argues “Why Universities Need ‘Public Interest Technology’ Courses.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ South Carolina technical colleges received formal permission on Wednesday to offer bachelor’s degrees in advanced manufacturing technology.” despite having Arizona ’s third-highest dropout rate.”

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Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” ” Via Education Week : “In hurricanes ’ aftermath, technology eases return to school.” “‘Eton for all’: will robot teachers mean everyone gets an elite education? Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. There’s more about Mattel’s robots and privacy in the privacy section below. Technology, Education, and the Media.”

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Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. It would be great to see education technology organizations also turn away this money, knowing that – if nothing else – children and families are harmed by anti-immigration policies and practices. Bless this headline ( from The 74 ) ’s heart: “Educators & Experts Say Personalized Learning Is Not About Technology or Money but Leadership and Relationships.”

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” Oh, how very different “the politics of education (technology)” drumbeat sounds from some ed-tech publications: Trump will mean more “ innovation ” in higher ed, according to eCampus News. Via Campus Technology : “ AP Exam Pass Rates Rise Even as Participation Doubles.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via ProPublica : “‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System.”

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” “A Conveyor Belt of Dropouts and Debt at For-Profit Colleges ” by Susan Dynarski. Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.” " Inside Higher Ed on its 2016 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology.

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Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” ” New Nanodegrees from Udacity : Digital Marketing and Robotics. Via GeekWire : “ Amazon Education GM leaves; company says it ‘remains committed’ to K–12 technology.” Via Campus Technology : “ Johns Hopkins U Website Ranks K-12 Reading, Math Programs Under ESSA Standards.” Education Politics.

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” 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. Via The Salt Lake Tribune : “Lawmaker: Utah ‘s veteran educators may need to ’die off ’ before technology fills classrooms.” “ Is higher ed creating the next dropout factories? ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Meanwhile, the state has given initial approval for ECOT to become a “dropout school.” “ Can Technology-augmented Academic Advising Improve College Graduation Rates? Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via Getting Smart : “Using Robots to Teach Elementary Students About Human Nature.” Via The New York Times : “Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too.” (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The New York Times , a profile on the Indiana charter chain Excel Schools : “A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School.” Via The MIT Technology Review : “ MIT severs ties to company promoting fatal brain uploading.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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