4 Teaching Tools to Honor Black History Month in the Classroom

| February 13, 2019

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As any social studies teacher will tell you, you can’t mark Black History Month without shining a spotlight on Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) and organized Negro History Week, which was first celebrated in February 1926. The week expanded to a month during our country’s bicentennial in 1976.

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Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a 2-year vocational, professional, and liberal arts college in central Iowa. DMACC has six campuses in its district. The college offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs, and it constantly seeks new program and course offerings. Among other initiatives, DMACC is developing a leadership program under the auspices of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. DMACC has seen enrollment growth for several years because the quality of its offerings is available at the lowest tuition and fees in Iowa.

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How Analog Security Cameras Paved the Way for Modern Campus Security

Article | March 2, 2020

There’s no denying that video surveillance is a big part of physical safety on campuses. Today, this technology is a security program staple for universities across the country. A 2019 survey by Campus Safety magazine found that 96 percent of respondents in the higher education, K–12 and healthcare sectors have security cameras installed on their campuses. Most universities have adopted network security cameras, which convert video signals into IP packets broadcast over a LAN or the internet, because they boost security. Schools are also utilizing tools, such as AI-based video analytics software, that enable public safety staff to monitor activity on campus without needing to be at their posts at all times.

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5 Ways AI is Changing Education

Article | April 5, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the realm of science fiction. AI is quickly becoming a powerful new technology and is set to disrupt any sector that deals with large amounts of data, and education is no different. The academic world is still considered one of the most human sectors — the most human of the humanities — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways in which teachers and school workers can benefit from implementing artificial intelligence.

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A 5-Year Vision for Artificial Intelligence in Higher Ed

Article | February 26, 2020

Ramsey, who led the AI and machine learning solutions team for Google Cloud, specializes in AI-augmented education. He said that AI and its subsets, such as machine learning and deep learning, can address current challenges in education such as student retainment and teacher shortages. But the five-year outlook for AI will only be slightly different from what it is today, Ramsey said. “The capabilities will already exceed what the industry is using them for,” he said. “In other words, the technologies are way ahead of the applications, and it’ll take a while for the applications to catch up, because people don’t change overnight.”

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Understanding & Improving the Universal Tier

Article | August 20, 2020

The universal tier is the curriculum, instruction, and assessments that we provide to all students in a grade level in school. This is the instruction that’s guaranteed for all students to receive.Our universal tier instruction typically focuses on grade level standards for our state and school. Schools use universal screening data in order to identify the effectiveness of their universal tier. There are two primary questions that schools ask as they’re doing this work. The first is if 80% of their students are successful. Schools typically use 80% criteria because they have resources to intervene with about 20% of students. If they have more than 20% of students who need additional intervention in order to be successful, their resources may be strained and they may not be able to provide intervention to all of those students.

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Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a 2-year vocational, professional, and liberal arts college in central Iowa. DMACC has six campuses in its district. The college offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs, and it constantly seeks new program and course offerings. Among other initiatives, DMACC is developing a leadership program under the auspices of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. DMACC has seen enrollment growth for several years because the quality of its offerings is available at the lowest tuition and fees in Iowa.

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