Educational Technology

Two schools shuttered amid declining enrollment, low performance

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:39

By: Debbie Kelley, the Gazette

Two schools under the wing of an incubator for blended and online education are closing, displacing 59 students and nine employees, the Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Services announced this week. The organization’s board voted 4-1 last week to shut down Denver-based Mountain View Virtual and Colorado Springs-based Rocky Mountain Digital Academy. “One of the criticisms of education is when we see a program that doesn’t work, we keep doing the same thing. We’re trying to break that mold,” said Colorado Digital BOCES board president Marie La-Vere Wright.

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Children’s reading books should only have ONE picture per page to maximise learning, researchers find

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:35

by Mark Prigg, Daily Mail

While children’s book are often brightly coloured and stuffed with pictures, new research has found they could actually be making it harder for children to learn to read. University of Sussex psychologists have shown that having more than one illustration per page results in poorer word learning among pre-schoolers. They say more than this leads to ‘picture overload’ among toddlers.

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Bringing ID to Higher Ed

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:30

by ATD

Most professors approach us for assistance, so there’s already some trust. When I do collaborate with a long-time professor who isn’t keen on working with us, I barely talk in our first few meetings. I actively listen for what’s really going on until I understand the teaching philosophy, and then I start addressing issues. I emphasize that the professors are the content experts and I’m the learning consultant. This highlights our shared mission to educate students and usually gives me some leeway to offer solutions.

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