Currently the media landscape is undergoing a profound transformation. So having a system in place to identify relevant opportunities is crucial for navigating tomorrow’s digital world.
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by Matthew Lynch
"...technology has made it possible for students who fall off the traditional path to jump back on and finish what they spent most of their childhood working towards. This may be in the form of taking remote classes from home, remedial classes in on-campus computer labs or even by enrolling in full-time online schools, public or private. The technology available for these options benefits students who face difficulties with a normal school schedule including teenage parents, students with short-term or long-term illnesses, teens with substance abuse struggles, or those who had poor academic performance due to learning disabilities or bullying."
from the website
"The New Yorker has made its archives since 2007 (and a few articles from before that) free for the next three months. That includes some great journalism on education — a tour of the biggest debates in K-12 and higher education.
"If you need something to read on your next flight, want a break from beach reading, or are aiming for a better grasp of the American education system before the kids go back to school this fall… here's your summer reading syllabus."
by Paul Fain
"The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment.
"On Tuesday the department announced a new round of its “experimental sites” initiative, which waives certain rules for federal aid programs so institutions can test new approaches without losing their aid eligibility. Many colleges may ramp up their experiments with competency-based programs -- and sources said more than 350 institutions currently offer or are seeking to create such degree tracks."
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/23/competency-based-education-gets-boost-education-department#ixzz38JAty0wZ
Inside Higher Ed
by Gregory Ciotti
"Have you ever wished you were more creative? If you do creative work, have you ever suffered from a creative block and been stuck wondering what exactly is wrong, and how you can get yourself out of it? Of course you have, I mean, who hasn’t! Today, you’re in luck — you are about to read one."
According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.
The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:
Biggest Challenge for Educators
Individualized learning 38%
Data analysis 11%
Instructional assistance 10%
College and career readiness 8%
School improvement 7.5%
Dropout prevention 6.5%
*from a total of 587 respondents"
s"Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education.
"A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits."
by Molly Wood
"Security experts say email is a lot more like a postcard than a letter inside an envelope, and almost anyone can read it while the note is in transit.
"One promising new encryption tool is Virtru, a feature that can be added to Chrome and Firefox browsers or installed on the Mail program on the Mac and for Outlook on Windows. One of Virtru’s big selling points is that it works with web-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail. There are also apps for iOS and Android."
by Chelsea Miller
description by EdSurge
"Edtech products today often address academics and behavior independently," says Goalbook's Chelsea Miller, "under the assumption that the former is the focus of classroom learning, while social and emotional learning should be used as an intervention on an as-needed basis." She makes a compelling argument why this reactive model is ineffective."
Scott McLeod quoting Linda Darling-Hammond:
"Federal policy under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Department of Education’s ‘flexibility’ waivers has sought to address [the problem of international competitiveness] by beefing up testing policies — requiring more tests and upping the consequences for poor results: including denying diplomas to students, firing teachers, and closing schools. Unfortunately, this strategy hasn’t worked. In fact, U.S. performance on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) declined in every subject area between 2000 and 2012 — the years in which these policies have been in effect.
"Now we have international evidence about something that has a greater effect on learning than testing: Teaching. The results of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), released last week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), offer a stunning picture of the challenges experienced by American teachers, while providing provocative insights into what we might do to foster better teaching — and learning — in the United States.
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING MOOC
by Carl Straumsheim
"A massive open online course instructor was removed from his own course last week -- or was he? As confusion brews among students in the half-finished, suspended MOOC, some observers are asking if the instructor orchestrated a social experiment without permission -- or a farce.
"Paul-Olivier Dehaye’s three-week course, “Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Required,” reportedly launched without controversy. Its first week featured the video lectures and forum chatter common to most MOOCs. The course targeted people in higher education who felt “threatened,” “lost” or “unprepared technology-wise,” according to the course description -- a MOOC for MOOC skeptics, in other words.
"When students returned for the second week, the forum was closed, and their classmates had vanished along with the course content. The forum is now back online, but Coursera, which hosts the MOOC lists it as inactive -- students can sign up for updates about future sessions and preview some of the content, but it remains effectively closed to outsiders."
by Roger Riddell
"In a Sunday afternoon panel at the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, education leaders from Indiana, New Jersey, and North Carolina gathered to discuss how their states are embracing the future of technology in schools.
"Moderated by Dr. Kari Stubbs — ISTE board member and vice president of learning and innovation at Brainpop, a provider of online education resources and games — the three leaders, all members of the State Ed Tech Directors Association, talked device deployments, new online exams, digital resources, and more."