EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

The Association for Middle Level Education and American Student Assistance has Introduced a Digital Playbook for Career Exploration in Middle Grades

AMLE | July 13, 2021

The American Student Assistance (ASA) and the Association for Middle-Level Education (AMLE) have announced the release of Career Exploration in the Middle Grades: A Playbook for Educators. The digital playbook and its associated online resource center, the first of its type for middle schools, offer evidence-based best practices for effectively conducting career exploration with students aged 10-15. In addition, the playbook provides a beginning point for various career exploration programs, complete with implementation guidelines and case studies from schools throughout the country.

Many of the case studies featured in this playbook are from schools that participated in the ASA Middle School Career Exploration Grant program, the results of which were important in the creation of this playbook. The playbook's primary goal was usability, with practical and approachable resources that schools can use regardless of their current level of programming.

About the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

The Association for Middle-Level Education (AMLE) is an international membership organization that assists middle school educators in engaging every student, growing professionally, and creating great schools.

About American Student Assistance (ASA)

American Student Assistance (ASA) is a national non-profit dedicated to assisting children in becoming more aware of themselves, their options and making informed decisions to accomplish their educational and professional goals. ASA has a 60-year history of assisting students in gaining access to higher education through loans and financial education. In addition, ASA has used its experience to provide impactful solutions for students in grades 6-12 to pursue their dreams.

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The Whitepaper showcases EI Design’s integrated approach with a focus on what is the right action at each stage that will impact the ROI of eLearning positively. This begins with the Training Needs Analysis or TNA phase and successively builds right up to the determination of its impact on business. The approach uses Kirkpatrick’s model of training evaluation and Kirkpatrick–Phillips evaluation model of training to measure the training effectiveness and arrive at the ROI.Measuring the effectiveness of online training is a hot topic right now. However, there are limited pointers on how this can be done practically. This eBook provides practical approaches and tips that you can use as you begin the exercise to measure the effectiveness of online training leading to the ROI on your training spend.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

SU Prep Digital Teams Up With Google Public Sector to Develop Streaming Educational Curriculum With Universal Access

ASU Prep Digital | July 19, 2022

ASU Prep Digital, an accredited online K-12 school offered through Arizona State University, has partnered with Google Public Sector, to make remote immersive learning technology more accessible to students across the United States and around the world. ASU Prep Learning Cloud is a streaming solution that empowers schools to deliver innovative and interactive 3D learning experiences to students using low-bandwidth devices. The technology was developed on and is powered by Google Cloud.This new platform invites students to solve challenges by immersing themselves in interactive settings made possible by technology. For example, students can watch geologic formations emerge through simulations rather than reading about it in a textbook. Students can also explore human organs in 3D or examine a plastic mannequin. This brings topics like erosion, hydrolysis, and human anatomy to life. To successfully complete a lesson, students must think critically about the concept, explore it, and learn through discovery. Real-time, instructive feedback also helps contribute to a more individualized learning experience. “We’re turning students into explorers by embedding learning into the digital formats that students love, We spark curiosity by asking students to navigate 3D worlds, hypothesize, and discover knowledge by manipulating game-like simulations to solve real-world problems.” -David Sudarma, ASU Prep’s chief technology officer Advancing Accessibility The ASU Prep Learning Cloud represents an important step toward accessibility for students in rural areas, with limited broadband access, and districts where limited technology funding makes it difficult to deliver cutting-edge learning opportunities. This immersive cloud-based education technology can be experienced from mobile devices or Chromebooks, increasing accessibility for all learners, anytime, anywhere. Removing those barriers is especially important for a program like ASU Digital Prep, which can be instrumental in bridging gaps for districts where resources are slim. ASU Prep Digital has allowed us to partner and advance educational opportunities for thousands of K-12 students who might not have otherwise had access to the courses, credits, mentors, and teachers we offer, said Arizona State University President Michael Crow, who is widely known as a pioneer of online education. Crow’s vision has created a tech-enhanced learning environment across ASU, inclusive of pre-collegiate students via ASU Prep Digital. A key element of that vision is expanded opportunities in online education, which offers a path to higher education for students who are otherwise hindered from pursuing their education goals. In addition to its rapidly expanding K-12 enrollment, ASU Prep Digital’s School Partnerships continue to grow. The program supports entire school districts in states like Utah, Louisiana and Ohio, as well as schools in 22 states and 12 countries. Powerhouse Partnerships In addition to the full- and part-time students who enroll directly with ASU Prep Digital, the school also teams with private schools, public schools, and districts worldwide to offer a K-12 curriculum and one-on-one instruction in a virtual environment. The program’s latest suite of courses, which will be available this fall to partner schools via the ASU Prep Learning Cloud, powered by Google Cloud, can be used in compliance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As pioneers in their respective industries, ASU Prep Digital and Google Public Sector worked to develop the platform, which is based on game engine technology. The ASU Prep Learning Cloud features responsive design optimized for the most commonly used devices (e.g., Chromebooks, mobile phones) using Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). “Our partnership with ASU Prep Digital has the ability to unlock new and innovative academic opportunities for learners across the country, We’re unleashing the power of Google Cloud to help make individualized, digital, and interactive learning the new standard in education.” -Steven Butschi, director of Education, Google Public Sector Courses integrate seamlessly into existing learning management systems, while supporting robust interactive features that personalize learning. The platform currently supports ASU Prep Digital partner schools, but in the future, could be rolled out to other educational institutions. As immersive technologies become more widely adapted in education, 3D learning environments such as augmented reality and virtual reality offer great potential for engagement and retention, Our collaboration with Google Public Sector is a terrific first step in expanding access to immersive solutions across many devices, and we’re working together to explore ways immersive technologies can be made even more universally available to eager learners. To preview a snapshot of ASU Prep Learning Cloud courses, visit: https://vimeo.com/623494408 or take a deeper look at the immersive platform here: https://vimeo.com/689344144/795e785a7c About ASU Prep Digital ASU Prep Digital is an accredited online K-12 school that offers a single online course or enrollment in a full-time, diploma-granting program. Because it is part of Arizona State University, ASU Prep Digital offers an accelerated path toward college admission and the chance to earn concurrent high school and university credit. For more information, visit asuprepdigital.org.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Modern Compliance Training Startup Ethena Launches Code of Conduct Training

Ethena | August 04, 2022

Ethena, a modern compliance training platform, announced the launch of its Code of Conduct training. The course transforms the Code of Conduct training that public companies are required to do from a “check-the-box” activity, into training that speaks to each company’s values and shares expectations of what it means to be acting ethically and inclusively. “A company’s Code of Conduct shares the principles and standards that everyone at the company needs to follow – that’s a really important vision to articulate, especially to new hires, Despite its importance, historically, most organizations have struggled to develop training that keeps company values and standards top of mind throughout the year. Usually, it ends up being generic training and check-the-box attestation. We saw companies hungry for something better but also scalable in the era of distributed teams. That’s why Ethena developed our Code of Conduct training to help build ethical and inclusive companies.” -Roxanne Petraeus, Ethena CEO and co-founder In the United States, all public companies are legally required to have a Code of Conduct, a mandate that began with the establishment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. Codes of Conduct have become the standard for building ethical workplaces–so much so that even private companies and growing startups develop their own internal Codes. A Code of Conduct typically encapsulates mission, core values, and culture statements combined with critical rules and regulations–all of which make for a complex, lengthy document. The density of most Codes has made it difficult for compliance professionals to implement effective training, and even harder for employees to retain that content. It is not uncommon for new hires to read the Code during the onboarding process, sign an attestation saying they will follow the rules stated within the document, and then never hear about the Code again. From public companies to up-and-coming startups, many organizations want to communicate and re-educate employees about the Code over the course of the year, but that has become increasingly difficult with the amount of required training employees receive. As a result, aspects of Code training either get added onto other training initiatives, or just get passed over due to tight budgets and training fatigue. Ethena’s fully configurable, off-the-shelf Code of Conduct training makes it easier for compliance officers, Legal and HR teams, and managers to educate employees about the Code consistently while not asking for too much employee time. Companies like Zoom have already deployed Ethena’s training to provide continual opportunities for their employees to learn about the Code of Conduct. Ethena provides the only Code training that is designed in digestible bits of training, which can be delivered at the Moments that Matter. For example, a company can deliver its “Gifts and Entertainment” training right before the holiday season for maximum learning and retention. In today’s constantly evolving business landscape, continuous learning in all aspects of an organization is essential, At Zoom, we extend our passion for continuous learning to our Code of Conduct to help foster value- and purpose-oriented teams, just as our product teams leverage their learnings to create the next-generation of product and business innovation,said Lynn Haaland, Zoom’s Chief Compliance, Ethics, and Privacy Officer. ABOUT ETHENA Ethena is a modern compliance training platform that provides innovative, effective training for companies. Instead of just checking a box, Ethena training builds ethical and inclusive company cultures while providing admins with a seamless software experience to navigate the increasingly-complex web of compliance training requirements. Ethena was founded by Roxanne Petraeus and Anne Solmssen, who drew upon their diverse backgrounds in the U.S. Army, consulting and startups to reinvent the stuffy world of corporate training. Ethena was named one of the most promising enterprise startups in 2021 by Insider.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY, ONLINE EDUCATION

Dahua Technology Brings Full-range DeepHub Smart Interactive Whiteboard for Digital Education and Intelligent Workspace

Dahua Technology | September 26, 2022

Dahua Technology, a world-leading video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, officially released the Dahua DeepHub Pro Series at its online global launch. Equipped with ultra-low-latency writing, one-tap wireless screen sharing, built-in camera & microphone and other advanced AI functions, Dahua DeepHub delivers a flexible, multimedia approach to teaching and conferencing, providing participants with an immersive, interactive and content-rich experience. “Dahua DeepHub combines Dahua's advantages in core technologies such as video, audio and high-definition video transmission to offer a complete range of smart interactive whiteboards. From entry-level Lite Series to high-end Pro Series, this product meets the growing digitalization and collaboration demands of both business and education customer groups in the modern-day IoT world,” Josh Wang, Product Manager of Dahua DeepHub. The online launch highlighted several features of Dahua DeepHub. For instance, it utilizes Zero Air Gap Technology on the screen to reduce parallax for clearer image display. Ink signal latency is also optimized, providing approximately 50 pages or 1,500 strokes of continuous writing. To enhance visual output and operation, Dahua DeepHub utilizes powerful AI functions including Handwriting Recognition that can recognize intelligible handwritten texts and shapes, and Gesture Control to easily operate the device anywhere in the room. It can even automatically detect and focus on the current speaker for better interaction. Also, on-screen materials can be displayed onto other devices in the room and be edited in real-time through the Two-way Sharing function. Dahua DeepHub also supports SIMS device management system, allowing IT personnel to fully grasp the operating status of the device. It has flagship smartphone-level chip equipped with 8 execution engine GPU to ensure image rendering capability, and an NPU that offers five tops computing power – another unprecedented feature in the industry. Furthermore, it operates using a single Type C cable that can replace HDMI, audio and touchscreen cables, and can supply power to external devices. It supports fingerprint access control, AirPlay, Chromecast, Miracast, and Eshare wireless connections, as well as Android 11 and Windows 10 operating systems that can be flexibly switched. The complete range of Dahua DeepHub Series marks a step forward towards Dahua's goal of empowering cities and enterprises with digital transformation through smart IoT technologies. With more models in the upcoming months, Dahua will continue to deliver better digital experience to global customers.

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