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With E-learning, School Districts are Building the Foundation for Better Learning Outcomes – Education Article

  When Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered schools closed throughout the state in response to the coronavirus pandemic, sending home millions of students to learn remotely, Cicero School District 99 was ready. The K-8 district of 14,000 students, southwest of Chicago, was already five years into its mission, driven by Superintendent Rudy Hernandez, of changing the way it delivers education through technology in the classroom and beyond. Cicero 99 has embraced one-to-one learning, putting computing devices in the hands of…

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The Fundamental Five: A Framework for Improving Communication Processes – Education Article

Over the past weeks, we’ve been talking with school and district leaders as they continue to navigate these new challenges we’re all facing. As students adapt to a new way of learning, it’s important to recognize that the pressure to succeed remains, now amplified without their usual means of support. In addition, parents are struggling to understand the best way to support their children and are desperately seeking guidance and structure from the educators leading this change. Here at the…

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5 Reasons Students Today Need Innovative Learning Spaces – Education Article

When we get through this pandemic, and we will get through it, we’ll be thinking differently about how, and where, we educate our students. – KW “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey, American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer That the future of learning and development requires around technology and innovation is a simple reality. Today, students need creative learning spaces to help them build knowledge and think like creators. With…

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The Bright Side of Remote Teaching and Administration – When Preparation Pays Off – Education Article

Image Source As a small, nimble, proprietary college, we’ve been able to stay ahead of the curve and ease the transition to virtual teaching, support, and administration for our students, staff, and faculty so far. In these challenging times, it’s hard not to be proud of our students, staff, and faculty here at The College of Westchester. As soon as things started go sideways early the week of March 2nd, President Del Balzo and our management team stepped up and…

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Influence Of Big Data On Millennials’ Career Prospects – Education Article

Millennials are pushing our world forward, as they become the largest generation, and therefore, the largest part of the workforce. This generation is perfectly familiar with technology, the internet, search engines, and smartphones. Millennials are now the main power that drives technological development. Big data became one of the most discussed topics of the last decade, so there’s no surprise that millennials are familiar with it. Although big data didn’t change the world immediately, it does so step by step.…

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More Misrepresentation from NY Governor Targeting One Sector of Higher Education – Education Article

The only people benefiting from the misinformed persecution of for-profit education are politicians I ask your indulgence readers as I step away from the instructional technology niche for a moment to help raise awareness and fight the misinformation about schools like mine that we often hear coming out of Albany and Washington, DC. Thank you. – KW I am proud to work at The College of Westchester (CW) a privately held for-profit college where we have an impressive track record…

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STEM Education for Future Career Growth: More Essential Than Ever in the 2020’s – Education Article

STEM is more fundamental and essential than ever Back in 2001, the National Science Foundation introduced the acronym “STEM”, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In the decades that followed, educators and schools adopted and expanded efforts to embrace STEM related education. Heading into the new decade, STEM has never been so vital for an education that will prepare students for their professional careers rather than simply building technical competencies within the classroom. According to DRPFConsuls.com, the National Science…

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2019 EmergingEdTech Year in Review: Your Faves & My Faves – Education Article

Before we Head Off Into a New Decade, Let’s Take a Moment to Reflect on Another Year of Learning, Sharing, and Connecting Well, another year draws to a close as we are about to embark on an exciting new decade! I can hardly believe it is going to be 2020. For as long as I can remember, that has seemed like the far flung future, yet here we are. Being a blogger, I am obviously prone to reflection, a fundamental…

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Debunking Remote Learning Myths | Emerging Education Technologies – Education Article

Online learning continues to grow and expand with more and more students taking more online courses every year. With experienced educators opting to go the online route, receiving quality education has become easier. Thanks to the power of technology, an online learner can now use an online whiteboarding tool from one corner of the planet and connect with an experienced professor in a reputed university anywhere in the world. Education is no longer bound by the shackles of distance. However,…

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Screen Time Can Help or Harm Youngsters. How Much is Too Much? What are Best Uses? – Education Article

How Young is Too Young for Screen Time? When They Are on Devices, What Should They be Doing? One of the things that I find disturbing about digital technology is the tendency to cavalierly put devices in the hands of very young children. I raised three kids and I get the desire to keep them busy so you can have a few moments to get something done or just take a breath. I let my kids watch TV or a…

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Scottish SPCA Partners with Robo Wunderkind to Teach Kids About Animals – Education Article

Organization if Educating Students About Animals and Raising Awareness With Small, Fun Programmable Robots The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) is Scotland’s animal welfare charity (completely separate from the RSPCA who operate in England and Wales only). This year marks our 180th year helping Scotland’s animals. We were founded in 1839 in Leith in Edinburgh to help working horses. We receive no government funding and rely on the generosity of our supporters and corporate…

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Create Compelling Reads with the Kabookey Multimedia E-book Ecosystem – Education Article

Kabookey™ delivers what an interactive e-book should be. E-learning has come a long way. Rapid e-learning tools have evolved over the years, and with them, the opportunity to create interactivity, video, branched scenarios and more. We’ve seen technologies shift from Flash to HTML5, and we’ve seen new tools emerge and old “friends” reconfigured and renewed to support the delivery of effective learning to mobile devices. We’ve also seen a plethora of tools that create rich interactivity and games – some…

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How Will IoT Change the Education Sphere? – Education Article

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a revolutionary change taking place right under our noses that promises to transform a myriad of sectors including education. It not only seeks to augment traditional human-to-human classroom interactions, but also challenges education in a broader sense. IoT invokes opposing emotions. While technology evangelists are placing their bets on IoT, integrated objects, and an automated world, others are not too thrilled with the development, considering the privacy threats that it poses and finances that…

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Making Learning Spaces That Inspire and Engage – Education Article

Educator and thought leader, Dr. Jennifer Jones is the founder of Green Ivy Schools. She is a thought leader in education innovation. One of Jennifer’s key innovations is her classroom design. She recognizes the importance that architecture and design can play in enhancing the learning experience. Dr. Jones feels that surroundings make a huge difference in children’s engagement. Dr. Jennifer Jones Dr. Jones has designed her schools with bright, beautiful colors and many communal areas to engage and inspire her students (photos…

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5 Ways to Improve Online Discussion Boards – Education Article

When it comes to online classes, discussion boards typically form a vital crux of group participation. It is through this medium that students share their ideas, interact with each other, clarify doubts, offer suggestions and learn in the process. As an online teacher, you are responsible for facilitating engaging discussions while enabling students derive value from it. It’s important to note how you are approaching these discussions – are you letting it run on auto pilot? What is your tone…

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Loving our Kids to Failure – How Generous Grading Can Hurt Students – Education Article

Educators are the conductors of the classroom, guiding instruction and parent and student expectations. A teacher’s assessment process is the foundational component informing all three components. Like a house, a faulty foundation leads to cracks and ultimate collapse. Overly generous grading is one cause of a faulty foundation. Our analysis shows that lenient grading in early grades sets students up for failure as they age. Fact: 68% of grades have no correlation to student proficiency That is, over HALF of our…

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