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By STEPHANIE BUTTS, Waco Tribune
Waco Independent School District will begin online dual-credit classes in the fall in response to students’ requests to increase higher-level courses at both high schools. The online credit is part of a joint program between Waco ISD and McLennan Community College that will allow students to earn up to 18 college credit hours by the time they graduate high school, said Scott McClanahan, the district’s director of secondary advanced academics. Students who complete the necessary requirements in high school will automatically be enrolled at MCC the following summer to allow them to complete an associate’s degree within the following year, McClanahan said.Share on Facebook
By Michael Hart, THE Journal
The small computers that cost less than $50 a piece are the product of a United Kingdom-based nonprofit devoted to helping students understand and use computer science.By the end of the summer, hundreds of Illinois teachers should be prepared to use the Raspberry Pi in their classrooms. A new program sponsored by the Illinois IT Learning Exchange has already led a workshop for 80 teachers from 39 schools this spring to introduce them to the inexpensive, credit card-sized computer created by a United Kingdom-based nonprofit to help students understand and use computer science. The Illinois IT Learning Exchange is offering the workshops in conjunction with the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.Share on Facebook
By: Victoria (Tori) Mondelli
Joan F. Cheverie is Manager, Professional Development Programs, EDUCAUSE.
House and Senate versions of the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (H.R. 2518 and S. 1195) have been introduced in Congress with the intent of providing potential and current students, parents, and the general public with information on student learning outcomes at individual colleges and universities. It would require institutions of higher education (IHEs) to gather data on average student earnings post-graduation; graduation rates for first-time, full-time/part-time, and transfer students; student loan debt information for graduates and students who do not complete their programs; and whether a student pursues higher levels of post-secondary education.
By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
The University of Montana has revved up its research network with a new 100 Gbps fiber connection to the Internet2 Network. Clocking in at times faster than the school’s previous connection, the ultra-high-speed capability will advance UM’s research efforts as well as support education, research and healthcare institutions across the state. “The Internet2 Network connection provides great support to our researchers who collaborate with colleagues both nationally and internationally and, in particular, for those involved in big data initiatives and their entrepreneurial activities,” said Scott Whittenburg, vice president for research at UM, in a press release.Share on Facebook
By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Network administrators running data centers where moving directly to 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) is too big a leap may have an easier time making the transition with 25 GbE, demonstrated by QLogic and Huawei. U.S.-based QLogic makes data, server and storage networking infrastructure products. Huawei is a networking and telecommunications equipment maker headquartered in China. Huawei servers were equipped with QLogic 25 GbE adapters and hooked up to Huawei 25 gigabit Ethernet switches. The demonstration was intended to show potential customers an approach for upgrading from 10 GbE to something considerably faster with largely the same infrastructure for cabling. According to the companies, 25 GbE “single-lane” technology provides a 250 percent increase in bandwidth with the same port density as 10 GbE.Share on Facebook
by Sameer Bhatia, Chief Learning Officer
While e-learning best practices apply whether the course is scheduled or self-paced and moderated or not, the new tools and technologies used today require more thought to the learning environment and the user experience. Linked below are three essential things to consider when designing modern, self-paced and on-demand e-learning.Share on Facebook
Parents slam schools on ‘Trip Advisor-style’ websites: Commenters blast teachers and class sizes in online rants
by Daily Mail
The two sites, School Reviewer and School Guide, have been set up by parents frustrated by the lack of real information about the schools they were considering beyond often bland or impenetrable reports by education authorities. Critics warned they risked allowing parents with a grudge to damage the reputation of schools or their staff, but the sites said they were careful to vet comments. Edwin Chan, a 45-year-old financier who is behind the School Reviewer site, said it had grown out of his frustration with attempting to glean honest information on potential schools for his children. He said: ‘Short of standing outside the school gates and canvassing opinions from parents, I had no other source of parental reviews or opinions on those schools via the internet.’Share on Facebook
By MATT FRITZ, The News-Dispatch
By the time her junior year was nearly complete in the spring of 2014, South Central High School student Hanna Wleklinski was ready to quit. Since neither her mother, who worked as a hotel housekeeper, nor her siblings ever graduated, Hanna decided she wouldn’t either. But then, another option came along. Before her senior year began, South Central High School started offering a new program. Called the Satellite Virtual Learning Center, it allowed Hanna to take online classes in place of traditional ones. By the first week of April (in less than a school year), Hanna had earned the 19 credits she needed to graduate, and she became the first member of her family to do so. Now, when she walks with her class on June 7, she will be the first of her family to collect a diploma as well.Share on Facebook
by Erica Dhawan, INC
This shift in training and development is critical for any company that wants to retain top talent. “The bottom line is that companies need to rethink their talent management and employee engagement strategies,” said Dan Schawbel, Founder of WorkplaceTrends.com. “Personalized employee career development programs, accessible tools and tracking systems and a focus on redefining and re-engaging leadership — at all levels — will help deliver on the innovation and growth that businesses require.” We know that developing your employees is crucial for business growth; it’s time for companies falling short to use the resources we already have and focus on this area. So what does this look like and how can companies take advantage of these new trends? As an advisor on talent to Fortune 500 companies, here are my top 5 best practices.Share on Facebook
By Hanna Shekhter, Edudemic
Blogs have the potential expand student creativity, not to mention their writing skills. Language Arts and Reading specialists will love that, right? But how do I convince them that their students are thirsty for the knowledge they want to share but not the same way that they themselves obtained it? These kids are 21st century students and are adapting to a digital world that they are eager to learn from. Fortunately for teachers, blogs are surprisingly easy to use. They require minimum technical knowledge and are quickly and easily created and maintained. Students will be able to pick up how to use blogging platforms with minimal technical assistance and teachers will enjoy the ease in the initial setup. Unlike many traditional Web sites, blogs are flexible in design and can be changed relatively easily.Share on Facebook
By Michelle Quinn, Mercury News
In researching online education opportunities for her children to keep their brains active this summer, columnist Michelle Quinn landed on these options. For more, the Alameda County Office of Education has a blog post with dozens of online educational options:.Share on Facebook
by Roger High, eSchool News
While mobile learning continues to work its way further into educational institutions, administrators and their team of educators are faced with a new set of issues. How will our teachers and students learn to use these devices? What happens when students break or lose their tablets? These issues and more are bound to arise as the education industry explores new ways to leverage mobile devices in the classroom. Linked below are three necessities to consider for running a successful mobile education plan and keeping devices in good working order.Share on Facebook
Three bills have been introduced in Congress that are intended to improve information sharing on cybersecurity threats and analysis between the public and private sector. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The Protecting Cyber Networks Act, H.R. 1560, was introduced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), while Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015.
Data breach notification is a hot issue in Washington, DC, with multiple bills introduced in Congress. On April 14, 2015, Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced H.R. 1770, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, which would require organizations to implement reasonable and appropriate cybersecurity measures and notify customers when personally identifiable information (PII) has been or may have been compromised.
On April 29, Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, H.R. 2092. Focused on elementary and secondary education, this bill would prohibit the selling of student information to third parties, using student information for targeted advertising, or creating personal profiles of students unless it is done for school-related purposes. Parents would also have the right to look at, correct, and/or delete any information collected about their child.
Last October, I posted about the agreement between higher education associations (including EDUCAUSE), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to develop a compromise version of the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. Since that time, the goal of our effort has been to design a bill that will lead to voluntary guidelines for accessible postsecondary instructional materials and related technologies while avoiding the concerns generated by the original bill (which I discuss in my earlier post).
by Cameron Pipkin, EdSurge
Personalized learning is on the rise in the American classroom, but let’s be honest: much of the interest has been driven by hope, wishful thinking, and platitudes about the needs of “digital natives.” But now, with over half a decade of on-the-ground implementation to examine, the buzz around personalized learning is being justified by more than just hope. Hard data and peer-reviewed research are confirming the great potential of a well-implemented personalized learning model for creating rich, engaging learning environments that result in dramatic improvements in student achievement—and this research is informing everything that occurs in the personalized classroom.Share on Facebook
by Sheri Handel, EdSurge
The panel felt strongly about using technology to cut down on the amount of paper used. Hoping to move from packet-based resources, they want to complete assignments and submit homework assignments online. They stressed the need to keep track of their work and to have it easily accessible once the assignment had been reviewed and graded. In some cases, homework is posted online, but students still need to print it out and bring it into class. For the most part, textbooks are still used in these schools, including heavy Advanced Placement texts that need to be carried back and forth. In one school, teachers provide links to online versions of the texts, while in another, students pass links to online resources along to each other so that they can access the material from home. In one case, students get points toward detention if they do not bring the required textbook to school even without advanced notice that it will be used.Share on Facebook
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