New Poll Finds Parents and Teachers Divided in How They're Thinking About Distance Learning and Digital Learning Tools

prnewswire | August 27, 2020

As the majority of the nation's largest school districts are starting the school year off virtually, a new NewSchools Venture Fund-Gallup poll examines how students, parents and teachers are thinking about distance learning, education technology and equity. Building off of a pre-pandemic poll partnership with Gallup, NewSchools commissioned the new survey to provide key insights as school leaders navigate budget constraints, technology access issues, and health and safety concerns. The survey finds gaps and mismatches in expectations that threaten educational equity and present challenges schools will need to overcome in order to support student success.

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This White paper introduces the key capabilities to look for in a next generation learning platform, and why the Bright space® platform from D2L is a great fit for organizations of any size, across every industry.In this age of digital transformation, many organizations aren’t doing enough to keep workers engaged. Recent studies found that only 39% of millennials feel like they learned something new in the past 30 days. 1 Meanwhile, the Harvard Business Review observed that 70% of employers don’t guide professional growth within their organization. 2 The desire to learn is there—are you doing enough to harness it?

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This White paper introduces the key capabilities to look for in a next generation learning platform, and why the Bright space® platform from D2L is a great fit for organizations of any size, across every industry.In this age of digital transformation, many organizations aren’t doing enough to keep workers engaged. Recent studies found that only 39% of millennials feel like they learned something new in the past 30 days. 1 Meanwhile, the Harvard Business Review observed that 70% of employers don’t guide professional growth within their organization. 2 The desire to learn is there—are you doing enough to harness it?

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Texthelp Launches New EdTech Tool, OrbitNote, to Increase Accessibility in PDF Files

Texthelp | January 25, 2022

Texthelp, a global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, today announced the premium launch of OrbitNote, a web app that makes PDFs more accessible from right inside the document, including the ability to type, highlight, and leave voice memos on documents. OrbitNote will allow users to transform and interact with digital documents in a completely different way. Users will be able to create an accessible, dynamic, and collaborative space that works for everyone. Today, Texthelp is also honoring International Day of Education, an international day of awareness to promote inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all. Texthelp is committed to helping users understand and be understood through the use of assistive technology tools and software. This past year, Texthelp released data revealing that 90% of teachers had planned to use EdTech tools in the classroom this school year. With the rise in technology use, having access to tools that create an accessible experience for all users is highly valuable. Products like OrbitNote will promote collaboration, transparency, and communication among students and educators. Key Benefits of OrbitNote: Makes PDFs More Accessible and Actionable: OrbitNote ensures that students have access to the tools they need to succeed – such as text-to-speech, highlighting, and vocabulary support – across all class content. If a PDF is image-only or unreadable, OrbitNote has a built-in scanner that will find the text and read it aloud without having to leave the PDF. Provides Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Knowledge and Give Feedback: OrbitNote allows students to express their understanding in multiple ways. Users can type or draw their thoughts on the page, or add shapes and images to their work. Users can also highlight the key points in a comprehension piece or when studying. In the classroom, both teachers and students can use their voices to share ideas and feedback. Boosts Productivity, Connections, and Collaboration: Using OrbitNote allows for seamless student-teacher collaboration. For example, teachers are able to leave a quick voice note for students, providing feedback and identifying areas for improvement mid-project, rather than waiting for students to turn in the final piece. Students can use a range of tools to ask teachers for help and garner support before problems arise. Typical pen and paper projects can become digital spaces for working together, allowing collaboration between teachers and students, as well as group projects. OrbitNote works with Google Classroom and Schoology. In the coming months, Texthelp will expand support for more LMSs like Canvas and Brightspace. OrbitNote is also compatible with Texthelp's Read&Write product, a literacy support tool, and EquatIO, a digital math tool. Users can try all of the features in OrbitNote for free for 30 days. "We have seen education change drastically in the past two years. Many subjects and tasks that relied on pen and paper are now becoming digitized. I am excited for OrbitNote as it will help educators and students continue to collaborate in this new digital space. The tool will also be very helpful in regards to accessibility and eliminate barriers that often arise while using PDF files." Martin McKay, CEO and Founder of Texthelp About Texthelp Founded in 1996, the Texthelp Group is a global technology company. On a daily basis, it helps people all over the world to understand and to be understood. For the last three decades, it has led the way in creating innovative education and workplace technology. Texthelp believes in a world where difference, disability, or language are no longer barriers. It is focused on helping all people learn, understand, and communicate through the use of digital literacy and accessibility software. With over 45 million users worldwide, the Texthelp suite of products includes Read&Write, EquatiO®, OrbitNote, WriQ®, Fluency Tutor®, ReachDeck®, and SpeechStream®. These tools work alongside existing platforms such as Microsoft Office and G-suite. This allows for its products to be quickly integrated into any classroom or workplace with ease. Texthelp is backed by Five Arrows, the private equity arm of Rothschild Group.

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The IHRDC and NNPC provide 1,050 graduate trainees with virtual training.

businesswire | December 07, 2020

IHRDC recently delivered two major virtual learning programs for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) a two-week program for 400 Management Graduate Trainees and an eight-week program for 650 Technical Graduate Trainees. The need was stated by Fatima Suraj Yakubu, NNPC’s General Manager Talent, “We have 1,050 recent graduates, isolated at home because of Covid.19, who need to develop strong backgrounds in job-related oil and gas industry topics. We asked IHRDC, with its broad learning resources and strong background in virtual learning, to join us in the challenge and, together, we satisfied every aspect of our needs and translated NNPC’s vision for Young Graduate Development to reality.” All 1,050 attended the first two-week program together. It was devoted to the commercial and technical fundamentals of the oil and gas value chain, both upstream and downstream, and an NNPC-selected set of soft skills. Blended forms of learning were used to maintain a high level of interest during the six-hour daily sessions. They included lectures and discussion sessions by experienced specialists, team-based assignments in the Sandland Petroleum Simulation and the development of a Petroleum Industry Board Game for Nigeria. All content was delivered through the IHRDC Learning Portal. The IHRDC team of faculty and mentors presented the content along with NNPC HR and IT specialists who maintained flawless communications with all Trainees using Microsoft Teams collaboration platform for individual and the team sessions. The 105 teams were divided into five groups each with their own dedicated mentors to answer questions and support the teams as they analyzed and solved their Petroleum Project Simulation and Board Game assignments.

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EdCast & KLD Announce a Partnership For Providing Premium Content For Skill Development

EDCAST | December 29, 2021

EdCast & KLD announce their partnership for the Middle East, towards skills development within fast growing corporations as a key step forward for both companies to expand their footprint in the market. Rich learning content provided by KLD, integrated with EdCast's learning ecosystem would allow learners to easily discover, share, recommend, and learn from KLD's content libraries across the organization.Through this partnership, EdCast and KLD aim to bridge the widening knowledge & skill gap impacting both government institutions and private enterprises in the Middle East. The collective intent is to focus on next generation learning experience and providing customized content (in Arabic & English) that will help build 'a smarter workforce' where learning is aligned with purpose and delivers the greatest impact to both learners and organizations. Speaking on the partnership, Mayank Pande – Vice President, Enterprise Solutions & Partnerships, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at EdCast said: "We are excited about our partnership with KLD and are committed to working with clients in the region towards building tomorrow's workforce. Our aim is to provide learners easy access across devices, work applications and content choices to support their upskilling & reskilling efforts. This is why we are pleased to complement our offering with the innovative high-quality content of KLD". "We are pleased to complement our localised content with the cutting edge offering of EdCast to impact the lives of the learners across the Middle East. Our social mission to upskill and re-skill individuals to enhance their productivity in a way that is conducive to economic prosperity across the region will only be reinforced with this exciting partnership ". KLD's Co-Founder and Chairman – Consultant Monaji Zamakhchary ABOUT EDCAST EdCast offers a unified talent experience platform designed to enable end-to-end employee journeys spanning learning, skilling, and career mobility. Its award-winning platform is used internationally by organizations ranging from large Global 2000 companies to small businesses and governments. With EdCast's platforms, businesses are able to attract, develop and retain a high-performance and future-ready workforce. EdCast's offerings include its Talent Experience Platform, Spark for SMBs, Content Strategy & Solutions, and MyGuide Digital Adoption Platform. EdCast is recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. ABOUT KLD KLD is a training and professional development company which specializes in offering blended and fully digitized training solutions for both common training needs as well as sector specific training needs. KLD provides its clients with the ability to train at scale, with an enhanced training experience that achieves the learning objectives for the target audience across geographies. KLD has strong partnerships with global and national providers with different specialties to complement its offering for the wider human capital development needs.

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