Tue.Jun 30, 2020

A Cross-sector Business Incubator in Taos, New Mexico: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

In a honey bee hive, each bee performs a uniquely indispensable role that contributes to the overall health of the colony. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, education and business leaders in northern New Mexico’s high desert community, Taos, decided to create their own HIVE in an effort to strengthen postsecondary outcomes in their remote community.

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CARES Act for Remote or Distance Learning


As part of the government’s efforts to ease some of the burden brought on by the pandemic, the CARES Act funding bill was passed, which, in total, made approximately $30.75 billion available to provide relief for educational institutions under the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF). Each of the four distinct categories within the Education Stabilization Fund can, in part at least, be applied to fund student connectivity and devices.


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Urban Adult Literacy Collaboration in Nashville: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

In early 2020, Nashville boasted unprecedented job growth and low unemployment—good news for residents of Tennessee’s largest city. Fueled by an influx of new immigrants, the emerging technology industry, and upskilling opportunities from local educational institutions, Nashville’s economy was booming. Service industries like restaurants, hospitality, and skilled construction offered rewarding job opportunities for residents.

How online teaching improves inclusivity in education


The promise of education in the 21st century is for no child to be left behind. Although the Act of Congress bearing that name hasn’t necessarily lived up to its promise, there are still many initiatives available to institutions right now that can help to make sure education is available for every child, no matter their circumstances or handicaps.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Rural Healthcare Preparation Pipeline in Pennsylvania: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

“We all compete sometimes for the same funding. We’re all trying to show that we can do good work. But sometimes we have to get over ourselves a little and decide that I would rather say, ‘Look at all of what we did together to assist members of our community.’” – Mary Mingle, Adult Education Program Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. Ascent: Central Susquehanna Region.

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Economic Mobility Pathways in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

It takes less than five minutes to drive from Covington, Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio, and yet, when it comes to serving adult learners in the region, the cities have historically operated independently and offered duplicative services.

Are History Textbooks Worth Using Anymore? Maybe Not, Some Teachers Say


Among contemporary education critics, the textbook is a classic and perennial foil—perhaps because its very construction is essentially a compromise between experts and politicians, groups with sometimes competing agendas. This is especially true of history texts, which attempt to distill complex and contrasting events into simple, linear narratives, often at the expense of nuance and unpleasant truths.

How to effectively support struggling readers during distance learning

eSchool News

Parents who might be uncomfortable with continuing their role of teacher this fall can find solace in this fact: authentic teachable moments happen outside the classroom all the time. If your student or child had to rapidly transition to an at-home learning environment as a struggling reader, an English language learner, or one with dyslexia, there are many ways that the support they were receiving in school can transfer to their home.

Potential Uses for Chatbots and Instant Messaging Apps in Teaching and Learning


Introduction Instant messaging is already an integral part of the average student’s life, and it can also have many uses to boost their education. Additionally, advances in technology mean chatbots. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Artificial Intelligence Future of Education Technology iPhones and Smartphones Mobile Learning Resources

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Data vs. COVID-19: How one district runs the numbers

eSchool News

When Mark Finstrom, Chief Technology Officer for Highline Public Schools (WA), first integrated data analytic mapping software into his district’s digital toolbox a few years ago, it was to better visualize his district’s data to consider things like potential new school construction or bus routes for approximately 20,000 students. Little did he know he would end up using it for disaster logistics.

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Coronavirus Chronicles 039 – Immaculate Conception School

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 039 is below. Thank you, Heather Cucuzzella and Olivia Collison, for sharing how the Immaculate Conception School in Towson, Maryland is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Podcast: Redefining Assessment in an Age of Remote Learning


In this episode, Tom Daccord and Caitlin McLemore discuss how assessment and grading are being redefined in an age of remote learning. Tom and Caitlin reconsider the balance of formative and summative assessment, reflect on the qualities of effective formative assessment, and explore several tools that can be used to create effective assessment strategies. Click on the image below to listen to the podcast episode on Anchor.fm.

The Perfect Planning Tool for School This Fall


As we consider what school will look like this fall, teaching coach Elizabeth Stein shows how the Universal Design for Learning gives educators flexibility to teach effectively within and without any learning space – fully in person, fully remote, or using a hybrid model. Two Teachers in the Room Universal Design for Learning back to school Covid 19 Elizabeth Stein two teachers in the room UDL

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Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Empowering Students Through Individual Goal Accountability

MIND Research Institute

This article features contributions from MIND Research Institute's Director of Product, Twana Young , and Senior User Experience Researcher, Alesha Arp. Individual vs Group Goals. I learned the value of individual goal setting as a high school cross-country and track runner. My coach, Dave Donaldson, taught all of his runners to set goals and then aim beyond them. His philosophy was that you didn’t want to just run to the top of the hill, but over the top.

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Booms Taxonomy "Walk Around" Inquiry Model

Cycles of Learning

Since the start of summer I have the opportunity to work with a myriad of teachers and schools as they prepare for the the inevitable chaos of developing new and meaningful systems/schools in the context of the even changing COVID-19 Pandemic landscape.

Do Selective Colleges Favor the Rich and Work Against the American Dream?


Education plays a more important role in social mobility than ever in this country. But Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, argues that higher education is not doing enough to make the American dream possible for low-income students. That’s the case he lays out in a new book “ The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America ,” which he co-wrote with Peter Schmidt and Jeff Strohl.

K-12 Demand for Mobile Devices ‘Skyrocketing’ Due to COVID-19 Remote Learning

Marketplace K-12

The K-12 mobile device market is booming. A new report from market research firm FutureSource Consulting forecasts that shipments of laptops, tablets and Chromebooks to the U.S. education market could jump by 27 percent this year, the product of districts and private schools buying mobile devices in bulk for remote learning in a COVID-19 era.… … The post K-12 Demand for Mobile Devices ‘Skyrocketing’ Due to COVID-19 Remote Learning appeared first on Market Brief.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Free Photo Sources to Use in Your Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Looking for some good places where students can access public domain and free images? The collection below has you covered. This is a curated list of some useful websites that provide free photos.read more

Byju’s Becomes an Edtech ‘Decacorn’ After Fundraise from Mary Meeker’s Bond Capital


What comes after a unicorn? Indian online education startup Byju’s, which already reached the billion-dollar valuation from private investors in 2018, can now claim a new distinction: “decacorn.” That’s the industry lingo for companies valued at $10 billion or more. It’s an ultra-exclusive club of two dozen companies across the world, according to CB Insights. Byju’s is the newest member—thanks to an investment from technology investment firm Bond, which values the company at $10.5

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Spreading Positivity with Buncee


It’s been a challenging past few months, and during this time, we’ve all had to find new ways to spread positivity and keep our community inspired and motivated. Mary Bryant Elementary School Assistant Principal Victoria Morse, of Hillsborough County Public Schools, has gone above and beyond when it comes to inspiring her staff.

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Another Step Toward Equity


In 2018, Montana Supreme Court struck down a tax-credit funded scholarship program that allowed low-income students to access private schools. The Montana Supreme Court reasoned that because students could take scholarships to faith-based schools, the entire program violated Montana’s Blaine Amendment, a 19th-century constitutional provision that prevents religious institutions from receiving public benefits, such as government funding. The case, Espinoza v.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education: What Will 2020-2021 Look Like?


how to plan for the upcoming terms and beyond and a snapshot of what education at higher education institutions might look like in the coming term

Q&A: Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, on the Home Access Gap

EdTech Magazine

The homework gap, characterized by the technological barriers and disparities students face when doing schoolwork at home, is a long-standing issue in education. It impacts millions of students nationwide, particularly black and Latino students and those who come from low-income families. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, those pre-existing inequities were magnified for the most vulnerable students.

The Great Feast Reimagined #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

Philadelphia has many neighborhoods considered “food deserts,” defined by the USDA as “areas in the United States where people have limited access to a variety of healthy and affordable food” (www.ers.usda.gov). The Tacony/Mayfair neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia (where my school is located) is considered a food desert, and there are a significant number of households where the nearest supermarket is over 1/2 a mile away.

E-Learning Struggles Prepare Districts for What’s Next

EdTech Magazine

Sometimes the best approach to dealing with the biggest problems involves taking a deep breath and diving in headfirst. That’s the way it was facing the coronavirus pandemic, says Peter Cevenini, CTO at Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. The situation evolved so fast,” he says, “everything we did kind of happened simultaneously.”.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.