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Among the last people to be invited to the White House during the Obama administration is Snehal Patel, CEO and co-founder of
Sokikom, an online, collaborative math program. Perhaps it’s a fitting reward for his dedication: he’s been working on the game pretty much since the beginning of Obama
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ opinion The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success By Jan 15, 2017 Shutterstock / Semmick Photo Personalizing education does not mean simply putting a laptop in the hands of every teacher and student; rather, it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a âcontent expertâ and organically diagnose, analyze, guide, instruct, and coach students. Personalization requires focused intentionality to shift instructional models, using 21st century tools, towards student-centered learning.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ 16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017 By & Jan 11, 2017 Shutterstock / Rawpixel.com Itâs a golden age of education podcasts. Teachers, professors, education innovators, and tech skeptics have switched on their microphones to share their insights and analysisâand youâll find plenty of lively characters and fresh voices via your earbuds. After all, letâs face it, teachers can be great talkers (we mean that in a good way), and theyâre also seasoned storytellers.
Just days before a new administration moves in, the Obama Administration’s Education Department today released a supplement to its National Education Technology Plan that focuses on higher education. At times it reads like a student’s final paper, straining to demonstrate understanding of every c
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ column When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy By Jan 9, 2017 Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: Personalized learning is not a product you can buy â itâs a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. Thatâs an argument that my here on EdSurge and elsewhere. But weâve been disheartened to see a lack of interest in making that clear distinction, as evidenced most recently by the comments of a number of our colleagues in .
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ opinion An Open Letter to Appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos By Jan 7, 2017 Over the last fifteen years, I have been directly involved in supporting a diverse mix of charters, virtual schools, and public school districts. All of it with a lens around expanding opportunities around choice, voice, path and place to create the best possible outcome for those our decisions impact most: the students. My work has exposed me to philanthropy, non-profit policy organizations, public schools, charter networks, and state departments of education where I have seen both success and failure when change was not implemented correctly.
“I can barely fix a printer. If there is a non-tech way to do something, I will find it,” says Shanti Williams, a teacher at P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. Williams may have never considered herself to be a "tech person," but she recognized the value of code and discove
For anyone taking on a project,
EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell has a few words of advice:
“If you want to accomplish any goal, you have to measure progress,” he says. ”You can't manage what you can't measure.”
The mantra makes sense for someone like Marwell, whose nonprofit organiz
A lot of questions came up when I applied for and went through college. Questions like:When is the FAFSA due?But what if you could send a text to get immediate answers to these questions? Answers like:The 17/18 FAFSA is due by June 30, 2018, but I'd recommend submitting it as soon as you can to ensu
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ opinion âWhat Makes a Smart Course âSmartâ? By Jan 13, 2017 Beresnev/ Shutterstock How should colleges teach in the digital age? Connect to the thinkers and stories shaping the future of higher ed In the technology world, âsmartâ is often synonymous with âbetterâ or âmore advanced.â We speak of smartwatches, smartphones, and smart TVs. These are smart because they can connect to the internet and generally do more, or do something better, than their traditional, often analog counterparts.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Rural Education: Addressing A Tension Point in the Great American Divide By Jan 12, 2017 Shutterstock / ambrozinio November's election surfaced the angry divide between urban and rural America, and education is one of these tension points. Ashmore, Illinois is a rural town of 800 residents in central Illinois, the heartland of the United States. Each spring, about three hundred or so pre-K through 12th grade students wrap up the school year, running out into the parks and fields across the community to play.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ âPersonalizing Professional Development For Teachers, By Teachers By Jan 4, 2017 Ellagrin/ Shutterstock This article is in our guide: More articles from this guide: What do students need to be successful? Why not ask them directly? When we posed this question to our students at (BPS), hereâs what some had to say to their teachers about : âGive me more time to explore my interest.â âI like having a choice of what I get to do.â âI like when itâs challenging, but not to the point where I would want to give up.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund By Jan 10, 2017 How should colleges teach in the digital age? Connect to the thinkers and stories shaping the future of higher ed Venture capital for U.S. education technology startups ebbed in 2016, in deal volume and value from the previous year. Also missing were blockbuster exits, such as LinkedInâs $1.5 billion purchase of Lynda.com and Instructureâs initial public offering, both of which took place in 2015.
âThe Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ column âThe Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers By Jan 6, 2017 My Life Graphic/ Shutterstock Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: is a fitness app that allows people to log and upload their runs, bike rides, swims and other fitness activities. Using GPS data, a runner can track her route and pace, and then share the activity with friends.
Many new CEOs face a learning curve when they enter the edtech industry. But at Kickboard, an online school culture system management system, it’s a straight dive in for Stefan Kohler, a former teacher and executive at companies including Scholastic and Pearson.As part of EdSurge’s new Q & A ser
As a researcher, I recognize the appeal of “gold standard” research that uses random assignment to find out just how much a given digital courseware product helps improve student learning. At the same time, my experience doing research in an urban district suggests that education technology evaluati
It’s a new year, and with that comes updates from the Google Education Team. The announcement revolves around Google Classroom, which the tech giant today claims that more than 20 million students and teachers use. The new features are designed to better support teachers, administrators, and student
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ âOn-Air EdTech: How Audio Journalism Is Helping Students Build Digital Literacy By Jan 12, 2017 IkeHayden/ Shutterstock Athina G. is a student at Brooklyn Middle School in New York. Sheâs also an award-winning audio producer. âRacism is a form of prejudice from one people to another,â submitted alongside team members Marley, Gladys and Randy, who collectively entered NYCâs youth innovation showcase, . The group took home the eventâs Social Impact Award.
This month’s election surfaced the angry divide between urban and rural America, and education is one of these tension points.Ashmore, Illinois is a rural town of 800 residents in central Illinois, the heartland of the United States. Each spring, about three hundred or so pre-K through 12th grade st
Choice can be a powerful thing —provided you can evaluate, and act on, the options available to you. For decades, Chicago parents have been able to apply to send their kids to their school of choice—and they can put as many as 20 schools on their wish list. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of Ch
November's election surfaced the angry divide between urban and rural America, and education is one of these tension points.Ashmore, Illinois is a rural town of 800 residents in central Illinois, the heartland of the United States. Each spring, about three hundred or so pre-K through 12th grade stud
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ S'Cool Tools of the Week: Plotly, DoodleMaths By Jan 12, 2017 Michael Winters Did you miss our ? Check it outâthen check back here. As we start 2017, hereâs what a couple of educators across the interwebs are stoked about. If youâd like to be featured in our SâCool Tools column, to leave your very own Teacher Case Study. DoodleMaths Freemium! :Â Neil Jarrett, a year 6 teacher and math coordinator in Bangkok, Thailand, inspired us to include this tool this week as one of his favorite adaptive learning apps.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State UniversityâFor Now By Jan 12, 2017 Image Credit: Curriculum Associates When one of todayâs hottest edtech companies was founded, Intel Corp., the kingpin of computer chip companies, was barely a year old, and the microprocessor had not yet been invented.Â This week, Curriculum Associates, in North Billerica, Mass., pulled off another intriguing move: Creating a way to support a public university without losing its edge as a private company.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Former Edtech Director for Obama Administration Sees Innovation Moving to the States By Jan 10, 2017 Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: Donald Trump is about to take office, and big change is likely for federal education policy. To find out what that could mean, we checked in with Richard Culatta, who served as director of the education departmentâs Office of Educational Technology in the Obama Administration. Itâs the first episode on our rebooted , which will feature insightful conversations about edtech and the future of learning ( or your favorite podcasting app).
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ âAre False Connections with AI Robots Putting Your Studentâs Emotional Health at Risk? By Jan 10, 2017 Maxfarruh/ Shutterstock Saya made headlines and history at her first substitute teaching gig, but sheâs no ordinary teacher. She is a remotely controlled robot, first introduced to Japanese students in 2014 and has since been programmed with facial expressions, responses and minor movements. Though social robots, like Saya, have been greeted with enthusiasm by students, researchers are taking a more critical stance regarding the ethics of introducing them as teachers.