Career and Tech Ed. Courses Don't Boost Chances of College-Going, Study Finds

CATHERINE GEWERTZ | October 31, 2017 | 264 views

Taking career and technical education classes in high school increases students' odds of graduating on time, but doesn't improve their chances of enrolling in college, according to a paper published Tuesday. The findings are likely to inform the expanding national conversation about the role that career and technical education can play in the lives of high school students as they prepare for jobs and college. Policymakers are increasingly touting CTE as a road to college, and the new paper adds to evidence that questions how solid that linkage is.

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3 Ways to Monitor Student Progress in Class with Classroom Management

Article | July 12, 2022

Virtual learning is a great way to ensure accessibility and continuity of education. With schools and higher education enthusiastically adopting hybrid forms of online and classroom learning, measuring the outcomes has become crucial. Monitoring facilitates the ability to gain insight into the effectiveness of learning programs. It provides educators the insight and feedback they need to design better educational programs, engage students on a deeper level, build a collaborative classroom, and boost smart classroom management. This is especially essential when a virtual learning component is involved. With learners scattered geographically, the importance of monitoring students becomes a pressing challenge. While it has been traditionally done through a variety of approaches like assignments, quizzes, practical exams, and so on, with digitalization in classrooms, educators must now incorporate new monitoring techniques and assessment protocols to ensure they have a solid insight into overall student progress. Here are ways to monitor students with classroom management. Interactivity in the Classroom Interactive lessons are one of the best teaching devices. Not only do they engage learners, but they also ensure longer retention of information. In addition, they enable teachers to monitor the benefit of classroom management software. Many classroom management software solutions offer the ability to integrate interactivity within remote learning classes. Some of these include: Chat boxes that let teachers and students interact with each other. Some tools offer the virtual equivalent of raising a hand in class, allowing students to take part in conversations just like in a physical classroom. Polls that allow teachers and professors to maintain the attention of the whole class by encouraging them to answer questions, provide feedback, or responses to enrich classroom conversations. Whiteboard tools give learners and educators the ability to draw, write, or point to images so they can evoke interaction with the classroom while leading a discussion. Breakout rooms enable students to form smaller groups, which lets teachers assign group projects and activities in real-time. Seamless Collaboration Communication and collaboration are the bedrock of effective learning. In a virtual environment, both can take a hit. However, with the right approach and the tools to support it, it’s possible for educators to enhance classroom collaboration and monitor the learning progress of their students. Here are some tools that can help educators ensure collaboration in the classroom: Video discussion that enables teachers to create video rooms within the classroom to facilitate face-to-face discussion for different topics. Learners can choose to either record videos or communicate in real time. Portfolio creation tools that let students work on a project and use images, text, gifs, and videos to enrich discussions and improve collaboration among groups Gamification in online learning combines the best of entertainment and education. For trivia and quiz-based assessments, Peer-to-peer Feedback Peer-to-peer feedback in the classroom is often neglected, but it is an important form of collaborative learning. Additionally, it provides a great way to track progress, compare teacher feedback, and monitor collaboration. In higher education, this is an especially vital resource. A significant challenge that educators face in encouraging peer feedback is getting learners to be more specific. This can be achieved through A study by Springer revealed that students give better peer feedback when it is anonymous. It allows learners to provide more in-depth and specific input. With online tools, this is made easier and faster. With anonymous feedback, it is easy to get carried away. This is why some tools allow students to flag particular feedback for a teacher’s review as well as add their response, making the process truly democratic. Receiving feedback is an impactful way to learn, and by learning to give the right feedback, learners get to form a new perspective on a subject, ensuring smart classroom management. Final Thoughts Remote learning classroom management software has made it simpler to reach learners and create a thriving educational environment. However, remote learning poses challenges in monitoring student progress. And yet, with so many new tools and classroom management platforms, monitoring in education is easier than ever. Educators can monitor students with classroom management and contribute to building more efficient learning approaches. They can also keep a close eye on the progress of individual students and introduce new lesson plans and tasks based on the insights they receive

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How to use an LMS to simulate the publishing process with undergrads

Article | July 27, 2022

As a quick side note, the saying should be “publish in English or perish”, but we will tackle multilingualism in the academic world on a different occasion. While in some contexts the constant pressure to publish may have its disadvantages – the first that comes to mind being that it favors quantity over quality – it is not hard to understand why publishing is so important in the academic world. Publishing your results is essential for the advancement of science. As a researcher, you read what others have done in your field and then you try to identify how you might contribute with a novel approach, a clever solution, or a different idea.

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10 European EdTech startups changing the face of education in 2020

Article | November 15, 2022

Edtech has changed the face of learning and the whole concept what a school is. A decade ago, a university was an old building in the city where you went to get an education – nowadays there are MOOCs available online, with enrollment numbers skyrocketing. Coding used to be reserved for talented IT professionals – now kids learn to code before they even know the alphabet. Virtual reality was a Star Trek-like feature that we only saw in the movies – today it’s a highly efficient classroom tool.

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Is education the new currency?

Article | February 10, 2020

To prosper in an era of technological disruption we’re told we need to become lifelong learners, and to nurture skills like creativity, adaptability and emotional intelligence. But there’s often little guidance on how to do this; navigating the bewildering array of educational options at our fingertips can be a daunting task. What if there was a way to quantify the value of each university module, training course or career choice, and map how they would shape your skills and the opportunities available to you?

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ScreenBeam Announces Grant Program for Accredited K-12 Education Institutions

ScreenBeam Inc. | February 02, 2023

On February 1, 2023, ScreenBeam Inc., a global leader in wireless display and conferencing solutions, offered a new Grant Program for accredited K-12 education organizations in the United States and Canada. As schools return to in-class activities, with a few remote students, IT teams require technology that meets modern content sharing, connectivity, and collaboration requirements for teachers and students. The Spring K12 Grant Program from ScreenBeam offers top solutions to achieve equitable hybrid and distance learning across campus. The SBWD1100P (ScreenBeam 1100 Plus) with ScreenBeam Conference Software, provided in the grant, provides wireless display from the teacher and student devices, simplifying connection and collaboration with in-room and remote students. In addition, ScreenBeam Conference software makes it simple to connect to in-room peripherals like cameras, microphones, and speakers. The SBWD1100P is built with a unique multi-network architecture that includes three physical network interfaces for connecting teacher and student devices. It allows for maintaining security, digital signage, HDMI input, instant alerts and notifications to classroom displays, and centralized management. The solution comes with a three-year warranty and no subscription fees. Spring K12 Grant Details: • ScreenBeam will provide 1.06 units of SBWD1100P for every unit of SBWD1100P purchased. For example, purchasing 200 units will avail the buyer of 212 additional units through the grant. • Customers must buy and take delivery of a minimum of 200 SBWD1100P units between February 1, 2023, and March 31, 2023, to qualify for the grant. • A customer can get 500 units at most from the grant. • Products may be bought through ScreenBeam Authorized Resellers. • Proof of purchase is required before shipping granted units. About ScreenBeam Inc. Headquartered in San Jose, California, ScreenBeam Inc. is a wireless display and conferencing technology pioneer. It is the only app-free wireless presentation solution that removes all contact points and easily integrates with UC devices to combine the technologies into a single collaborative system. Users can wirelessly present and annotate content on in-room displays for a natural workflow with the solution. In addition, Integrated HTML-based digital signage can convey safety policies to guests and employees when displays are not in use. The company is Microsoft's only co-engineering partner for wireless display and enables seamless hybrid collaboration in any meeting or learning space.

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Interplay Learning and Dominium Management Services Offer Skilled Trades Training

Interplay Learning | February 01, 2023

On January 31st, 2023, Interplay Learning partnered with Dominium Management Services to provide highly effective, engaging, and scalable training solutions. Interplay Learning is an effective and scalable training solution for engaging maintenance technicians. Dominium, an affordable housing developer, owner, and manager, offers Interplay's training solutions to its technicians of all levels of experience. With Interplay Learning's experiential, on-demand training courses and skills evaluations, Dominium provides maintenance associates with realistic 3D simulations and training content designed to develop their internal technical skills. In addition, the company offers a robust, just-in-time training curriculum to more than 350 employees across 230 communities, with a diverse catalog of technical courses and custom learning paths tailored to each employee's skill level and property needs. After using Interplay, Dominium has seen a decrease in ramp times, an increase in internal promotions, and a rise in technician confidence. In addition, cutting-edge training contributes to Dominium's ability to establish a competitive advantage. By creating and managing high-quality, reliable, affordable homes that lay the groundwork for more vibrant neighborhoods, Dominium contributes to the solution of the affordable housing crisis. The availability of inexpensive housing in their area is a problem, according to almost 90% of American adults. A recent survey also reveals 6.8 million fewer affordable rental housing units than needed in the nation. Interplay's customers can train and practice hands-on learning from a desktop, phone, tablet, or in virtual reality by utilizing immersive learning technology, resulting in a highly trained employee who is rapidly prepared for employment. About Interplay Learning Since 2016, Austin-based Interplay Learning has improved the training, careers, and lives of skilled workers. Its award-winning online and VR training for the essential skilled trades—HVAC, electrical, solar, plumbing, multi-family maintenance, and facilities maintenance—is scalable and more effective than traditional methods. The platform creates immersive VR scenarios for skilled trades workers to learn effectively, resulting in a confident, highly skilled workforce. Interplay Learning has earned Best Use of Virtual Reality for Enterprise Applications from AI Breakthrough Awards and the AHR Expo – Innovations Awards 2020.

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PowerSchool Updates Solutions to Personalize Learning and Boost Operations

PowerSchool | January 31, 2023

On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations. The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following: LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace. ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction. Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools. The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud. About PowerSchool Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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ScreenBeam Announces Grant Program for Accredited K-12 Education Institutions

ScreenBeam Inc. | February 02, 2023

On February 1, 2023, ScreenBeam Inc., a global leader in wireless display and conferencing solutions, offered a new Grant Program for accredited K-12 education organizations in the United States and Canada. As schools return to in-class activities, with a few remote students, IT teams require technology that meets modern content sharing, connectivity, and collaboration requirements for teachers and students. The Spring K12 Grant Program from ScreenBeam offers top solutions to achieve equitable hybrid and distance learning across campus. The SBWD1100P (ScreenBeam 1100 Plus) with ScreenBeam Conference Software, provided in the grant, provides wireless display from the teacher and student devices, simplifying connection and collaboration with in-room and remote students. In addition, ScreenBeam Conference software makes it simple to connect to in-room peripherals like cameras, microphones, and speakers. The SBWD1100P is built with a unique multi-network architecture that includes three physical network interfaces for connecting teacher and student devices. It allows for maintaining security, digital signage, HDMI input, instant alerts and notifications to classroom displays, and centralized management. The solution comes with a three-year warranty and no subscription fees. Spring K12 Grant Details: • ScreenBeam will provide 1.06 units of SBWD1100P for every unit of SBWD1100P purchased. For example, purchasing 200 units will avail the buyer of 212 additional units through the grant. • Customers must buy and take delivery of a minimum of 200 SBWD1100P units between February 1, 2023, and March 31, 2023, to qualify for the grant. • A customer can get 500 units at most from the grant. • Products may be bought through ScreenBeam Authorized Resellers. • Proof of purchase is required before shipping granted units. About ScreenBeam Inc. Headquartered in San Jose, California, ScreenBeam Inc. is a wireless display and conferencing technology pioneer. It is the only app-free wireless presentation solution that removes all contact points and easily integrates with UC devices to combine the technologies into a single collaborative system. Users can wirelessly present and annotate content on in-room displays for a natural workflow with the solution. In addition, Integrated HTML-based digital signage can convey safety policies to guests and employees when displays are not in use. The company is Microsoft's only co-engineering partner for wireless display and enables seamless hybrid collaboration in any meeting or learning space.

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Interplay Learning and Dominium Management Services Offer Skilled Trades Training

Interplay Learning | February 01, 2023

On January 31st, 2023, Interplay Learning partnered with Dominium Management Services to provide highly effective, engaging, and scalable training solutions. Interplay Learning is an effective and scalable training solution for engaging maintenance technicians. Dominium, an affordable housing developer, owner, and manager, offers Interplay's training solutions to its technicians of all levels of experience. With Interplay Learning's experiential, on-demand training courses and skills evaluations, Dominium provides maintenance associates with realistic 3D simulations and training content designed to develop their internal technical skills. In addition, the company offers a robust, just-in-time training curriculum to more than 350 employees across 230 communities, with a diverse catalog of technical courses and custom learning paths tailored to each employee's skill level and property needs. After using Interplay, Dominium has seen a decrease in ramp times, an increase in internal promotions, and a rise in technician confidence. In addition, cutting-edge training contributes to Dominium's ability to establish a competitive advantage. By creating and managing high-quality, reliable, affordable homes that lay the groundwork for more vibrant neighborhoods, Dominium contributes to the solution of the affordable housing crisis. The availability of inexpensive housing in their area is a problem, according to almost 90% of American adults. A recent survey also reveals 6.8 million fewer affordable rental housing units than needed in the nation. Interplay's customers can train and practice hands-on learning from a desktop, phone, tablet, or in virtual reality by utilizing immersive learning technology, resulting in a highly trained employee who is rapidly prepared for employment. About Interplay Learning Since 2016, Austin-based Interplay Learning has improved the training, careers, and lives of skilled workers. Its award-winning online and VR training for the essential skilled trades—HVAC, electrical, solar, plumbing, multi-family maintenance, and facilities maintenance—is scalable and more effective than traditional methods. The platform creates immersive VR scenarios for skilled trades workers to learn effectively, resulting in a confident, highly skilled workforce. Interplay Learning has earned Best Use of Virtual Reality for Enterprise Applications from AI Breakthrough Awards and the AHR Expo – Innovations Awards 2020.

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PowerSchool Updates Solutions to Personalize Learning and Boost Operations

PowerSchool | January 31, 2023

On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations. The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following: LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace. ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction. Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools. The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud. About PowerSchool Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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