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It’s popular to predict the death of the textbook—and these days even textbook providers seem eager to move away from their age-old publishing model. Perhaps we’re in the zombie phase of textbook publishing, when commercial texts are walking corpses that never get fully eradicated.David Wiley, a pio
Though some of the earliest adopters of online education were community colleges, these schools aren’t often the focal point of higher-ed innovation and change. Rufus Glasper, CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, wants leaders to start thinking differently about that.EdSurge sa
Plenty of peer-reviewed research shows that classroom “clickers” improve student learning when it comes to delivering facts. But a new study found that the devices can actually work against deeper learning of big-picture concepts.The study, which appears in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed jour
On May 23, President Trump released his highly anticipated, full budget proposal, which includes massive cuts to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The President is requesting to eliminate $9 billion (or a 13 percent decrease) in U.S. education funding overall, with major reductions to after-sch
In 2014, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh made a desperate appeal to the Senate to support legislation that would force businesses to more aggressively address the cybersecurity issues that
cost his university millions of dollars. His request fell on deaf ears as the bill died.
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. Sponsored How Design Thinking Builds Empathy, Gives Purpose and Honors Educators By May 15, 2017 In her early teaching years, Wanny Hersey learned how hands-on projectsâwhich would eventually become known as âmakingââ could engage and motivate her English students like nothing sheâd seen before.
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. EXCLUSIVE Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is âPhasing Outâ Partnership on Adaptive Products By May 12, 2017 Throughout the past decade, âs adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Now one of its most high-profile content partners and investors, , is pulling back.
Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting, hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” t
EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit that runs one of the largest higher-ed communities of universities and service providers, is opening its doors (and dropping its prices) for small companies looking to join its ranks. The membership-based organization is offering a new option for aspiring members: an “emergin
What never ceases to surprise people is the sheer scale of the New York City school system, a district made up of 1,800 schools, 76,000 teachers and over a million students. Over the past five years—as the district has invested more and more in helping teachers identify their own needs—some equally
This case study was originally published on Getting SmartWith a student enrollment edging ever closer to six figures, Denver Public Schools (DPS) is Colorado’s largest school district. More than 4,300 teachers instruct students in elementary, middle and high schools, along with a mix of non-traditio
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. Saving the World From Zombies (and Other Ways to Make Math Matter) By and May 25, 2017 This article is in our guide sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: More articles from this guide: By By By Itâs the first day of school. Students are lined up outside your door, not yet comfortable enough to talk to each other as they wait to be let into math class.
Over the past 24 months, the Concierge team at EdSurge has listened to more than 180 school and district administrators seeking new edtech tools. We’ve taken notes, created need profiles for more than 200 instructional problems and matched those needs with more than 450 unique products from the
In her last gig at Cornell University, Jess Snyder was a study abroad initiative coordinator, helping college students plan courses and trips in Southeast Asia. But her coaching experience runs deeper than that, she tell EdSurge. “I helped with logics and training programs at Cornell, but I was also
Grit. Open. Disruptive innovation. Powerful ideas that seem simple in print quickly take on new, and potentially divergent, meanings as they are applied to policy and practice. Some terms, including “open,” get appended to specific use cases. Others become “bastardized,” in the words of Clayton C
There are few individuals out there who can list both “two-time TED speaker” and “doctoral student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education” on their resume. Clint Smith is one of those people—though when you ask him about his work, he doesn’t immediately voice those accolades. Rather, h
A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives. Unfortunately for many educators using the medium, the audience th
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments By May 16, 2017 The term âgradesâ has become almost taboo among some educators in New Hampshire, where seven elementary schools are slowly ditching the word altogether through a program known as . The programâshort for âno grades, no gradesââis hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels.
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. Sponsored âComing Full Circle: Giving Thanks to Teachers Who Change Lives By May 23, 2017 Every year, during Teacher Appreciation Week in May, many of us think back to our favorite teachers. I certainly do. I want to share the story of an amazing educator who has forever changed my life. And I also want to underscore how gratifying it is to have a career that enables me to support the work of teachers like her.
In Thomas County, Georgia, students who have struggled in the mainstream have found a home in Bishop Hall Charter School. At Bishop Hall, students master skills at their own speed. Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success.
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. âDo or DIY: What We Saw (and Loved) at the 2017 Maker Faire By May 22, 2017 This weekend marked San Mateoâs annual gathering of hackers, hobbyists and freak flag flyers: the . Back for its 12th year in the Bay Area, the Maker Faire is home to everything from drone racing, bicycle-powered music stages and even 32-foot tall towering Sextant Tesla Coils.
“The baseline, fundamental technology barrier is just being connected,” said Miguel A. Gamino, New York City’s Chief Technology Officer, in an interview with EdSurge earlier this month, noting his office’s desire to close the “homework gap” caused by lack of broadband connection in homes.without any
This case study was originally published on Getting Smart.
As the largest school district in Rhode Island,
Providence Public Schools makes up 25% of the state’s entire elementary and secondary student population. Nearly 1,900 teaching and learning staff are employed in 42 schools, each equip
News Must-know news, insights and opinions at the juncture of education and technology. What We Do EdSurge serves up the best resources to people who choose, use, manage, implement or build edtech. Edmodoâs Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding âFreeâ Edtech Tools By May 15, 2017 Edmodoâs investigation into , in conjunction with that the company has been tracking student and teacher users for advertising purposes, is more than a public relations nightmare. It raises tough questions about the implications of vendors offering âfreeâ edtech products to schools.
If we really want to understand how effective educational technology tools are for improving learner outcomes, we need to stop throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
As instructors consider technology tools for their courses, they are increasingly looking for evidence of effectiveness. Howev