EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

| April 27, 2019

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Our City has made great strides towards providing an excellent education for all New York City children. More children than ever are enrolled in our Universal Pre-K programs. A more diverse group of students are having conversations about college and accessing high-level college-preparatory coursework. And our high school on-time graduation rates are at a record high. Still, our school system faces challenges. An elementary school student with limited access to a wide vocabulary at home struggles to read at grade level.

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Blackboard Open LMS

Moodle rooms has a new name - Blackboard Open LMS. Please follow Blackboard for the latest announcements around our SaaS open-source learning management system. Since 2005, we have efficiently supported and serviced educational institutions and companies with a suite of services that create a huge impact thanks to their success and the experience of administrators, teachers, and students.Support: Blackboard Open LMS is hosted on the AWS cloud, delivering a reliable and scalable platform that guarantees content availability without large investment on hardware or concerns about bandwidth and backup files.

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Few of us can argue that the internet and its connected technology has changed the global educational landscape for the better. More students than ever before now have access to a quality education, no matter where they live. Lesson plans can be tailored to meet the learning needs of individual students. At the postsecondary level, more than 15% of students were enrolled exclusively online in 2017. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a further 33.1% took at least one online course. It’s important to note that those impressive numbers don’t include remote students at the elementary or high school level.

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What makes learners successful in online learning?

Article | February 18, 2020

Many factors can influence academic success and your strategies won’t differ too much from face-to-face studies to online learning. But who wouldn’t want some tips to ensure that they are successful in their online learning studies? So, with that in mind, here are some factors that impact your online learning success. Internal factors These are the factors that come from your head and your heart, which you can control if you pay attention to them: Active, timely participation in the course. Lecturers were interviewed in a study and asked what was likely to predict a student’s successful completion of an online course. By far the most common answer was that “the most successful online students participate early, participate often, and allow enough time in their schedule to ensure effective completion of all aspects of the course.” (Mandernach, Donnelli and Dailey-hebert, 2006). This means you need to manage your time and get involved by asking lots of questions early on. Personal initiative and motivation. Although motivation is essential in all aspects of studying, online learning requires a lot more independent effort because of the physical distance between educators and peers. This means to study online you should examine your commitment to the course or programme and make sure you remember “why” you started. Digital literacy. The ability and confidence to navigate technology will mean that you have more time to spend on the actual course content, rather than spending all your time learning how to use the new tech. If you are not comfortable in this arena, spend some time doing a digital literacy course. Reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Being able to read and write with comprehension will set you up for success. The necessity to explain what you have learned is essential in all learning spaces, in the online space however, this extends to the discussion forums and emails to your lecturer. Being clear and succinct will mean you get the help you need quickly.

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2Do Top Tips

Article | February 18, 2020

In this blog post, Alban Squires, Educational Consultant at 2Simple shares his top tips for utilising 2Dos. The powerful 2Dos feature within Purple Mash allows teachers to assign tasks and content with just a few clicks of a mouse to any classes, groups or individual pupils…Teachers set the 2do which appears in the 2Do section on each pupil’s Purple Mash homepage. It’s not only purple Mash applications that can be set as a 2Do. You might want children to view a video or a piece of writing you have created that was made with an external file.

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Reflecting on spring: 5 lessons learned to maximize K–3 fall instruction

Article | February 18, 2020

How fitting that our last day of in-person learning was Friday the 13th. I’m the vice principal at St. Barnabas Elementary School in the Bronx. That day in March I was refilling hand sanitizer when our week-long closure was announced. Like many of us, we scrambled, tossing teacher’s editions into bags and packing as many manipulatives as we could carry, all while lugging chart paper over our shoulders just in case. We didn’t know what was needed, so it all seemed logical to take.

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Blackboard Open LMS

Moodle rooms has a new name - Blackboard Open LMS. Please follow Blackboard for the latest announcements around our SaaS open-source learning management system. Since 2005, we have efficiently supported and serviced educational institutions and companies with a suite of services that create a huge impact thanks to their success and the experience of administrators, teachers, and students.Support: Blackboard Open LMS is hosted on the AWS cloud, delivering a reliable and scalable platform that guarantees content availability without large investment on hardware or concerns about bandwidth and backup files.

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