Florida education news: College support, school safety, drug testing and more

| January 2, 2019

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Take Stock in Children supports dozens of Pasco County teens seeking to break out of poverty through higher education.A woman's "love affair" with the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg results in a $2 million gift to the institution.A Tampa businessman finds success with his software designed to ease congestion at school dropoff and pickup times.Not everything went wrong inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as Nikolas Cruz went on a shooting rampage. Many teachers and students reacted in a way that saved lives, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education. Through its work with educators, technologists, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports comprehensive research and development to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy.

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Inspirational Stories From Aspiring Medical Assistants

Article | August 25, 2020

Last month, we partnered with Zollege and Snap Medical Assistant Academy to provide over $250,000 in scholarships to aspiring medical assistants. Through their applications, we got the opportunity to learn more about why they want to pursue a medical assistant certification, their goals and how this program can help achieve them, and the impact they hope to have in the healthcare field. Below, we have just a handful of some of our favorite responses!

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Unleash Your Creativity For Inspired eLearning

Article | August 25, 2020

Are you inspired? Does your work reflect the level of creativity that you are capable of? Are you limited by factors out of your control? The struggle is real for Instructional Designers, as they must balance their creative desires and well-defined guidelines. These guidelines are well in effect for both academic and corporate organizations. These guidelines oftentimes tend to stifle creativity. The risk is that the learner will not be engaged, and the messaging is not as impactful as intended. Ultimately, the desire should be to create inspired eLearning, push the limits of the Instructional Designer, and still satisfy the organization's guidelines.

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Factors to Consider When Preparing for E-Learning

Article | August 25, 2020

When faced with unexpected school closures, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools has a backup plan in place: digital learning days. Since 2017, the district has been using digital tools to continue instruction and communication when inclement weather days, natural disasters and other emergencies force them to close their buildings. Yet adopting e-learning — also called remote learning, distance learning or cyber days — wasn’t an easy feat. From network and connectivity issues to teacher training, the district had a lot to work through to deliver instruction online and provide alternative assignments for students who lacked devices or internet access at home.

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Stellar Review of Gale In Context: Elementary

Article | August 25, 2020

Gale In Context: Elementary, formerly Kids InfoBits, lets elementary school children gain comfort with research by delivering age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of subjects taught in the classroom. With a modern design and intuitive search functions, Elementary makes it easy for children, teachers, and parents to find information related to classroom lessons in articles, magazines, books, periodicals, and reference materials—and also plan fun activities to promote learning.

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Digital Promise

Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education. Through its work with educators, technologists, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports comprehensive research and development to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy.

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