To understand absenteeism, take a closer look at data

Educationdive | January 03, 2019

To better understand why some students are chronically absent, school leaders need to look beyond just the number of days students are missing, John Rice, the deputy director of San Francisco-based research center WestEd's Regional Educational Laboratory West, explains in an article for R&D Alert.Examining absenteeism data in greater detail by grade level, teacher, subject area and student demographics, for example can help educators better identify the issues contributing to students missing school or a particular class, helping them to craft specific solutions.The Tulare City School District in California, for example, started a handwashing effort among young children and integrated the topic of proper handwashing into the curriculum to see if the practice can prevent the spread of illness among students and reduce absenteeism.Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, all states are responsible for tracking chronic absenteeism, and most are using the data for accountability purposes. But the issues that contribute to students being absent — and sometimes the solutions are almost as unique as each individual school. For example, some schools have installed laundry facilities for students who were missing school because they didn’t have clean clothes to wear.

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Best-in-class companies and industry leaders are strained to develop internal talent to meet emerging business needs, according to recent data collected by Aberdeen Group. But there are strategies to overcome this.To start, take a look at Aberdeen’s Docebo-sponsored report on adaptive learning, where we cover:How to align learning content, the professional goals of employees, and your organizational objectives.

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Best-in-class companies and industry leaders are strained to develop internal talent to meet emerging business needs, according to recent data collected by Aberdeen Group. But there are strategies to overcome this.To start, take a look at Aberdeen’s Docebo-sponsored report on adaptive learning, where we cover:How to align learning content, the professional goals of employees, and your organizational objectives.

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Education.com Debuts Middle School Math and English Language Arts Resources

IXL Learning | September 01, 2021

Education.com, the leading online education destination serving more than 33 million teachers, parents and homeschoolers, announced the release of its first math and English language arts (ELA) resources for students in grades 6-8. The addition of new printable worksheets, interactive games and lesson plans meets the growing demand for tools that help learners develop higher-level skills and succeed throughout middle school. Built by educators, the Common Core-aligned resources encourage students to dive into new topics and cultivate a more advanced skillset. Parents and teachers can tap into various activities—from captivating printables to interactive games—to mix up educational opportunities and make learning fun for students. The materials support student growth across all of the major topic areas for middle school math and ELA. "Middle school students need diverse educational activities that reinforce classroom instruction while presenting new opportunities to grow," said Kate Mattison, Vice President of Curriculum at IXL Learning, Education.com's parent company. "Parents and teachers of middle schoolers now have an exciting new way to provide meaningful support, help students tackle more challenging skills and foster a lasting love for learning." Education.com will continue to develop math and ELA content for middle school, and will introduce science and social studies resources for grades 6-8 later this school year. The perfect library for learning Parents, teachers and students can access the new middle school resources through Education.com's Learning Library. The library contains 35,000 standards-aligned activities covering math, science, social studies, reading and more for preK-8 learners. A combination of digital and printable content—from science projects to song videos, workbooks and more—helps students develop key skills and master concepts at their own pace. In addition, teachers and parents can access handy Weekly Boost materials for tips and educational resources that support children throughout the school year. About Education.com Over 33 million parents and teachers worldwide have joined Education.com since the early learning platform launched in 2006. Education.com's curriculum is comprehensive, covering core skills across math, reading, writing, and more. Designed with flexibility, it can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of diverse learners and can be accessed across a variety of digital platforms. Parents and teachers can follow Education.com's guidance step-by-step, curate their own curriculum, or dive deeply into specific areas with more than 35,000 interactive games, worksheets, hands-on activities, and lessons.

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Verizon Explores the 5G Future of Learning at Arizona State University 5G Innovation Hub

Verizon | January 14, 2022

Verizon and Arizona State University are exploring how 5G can enable immersive educational experiences and transform the future of learning. To do this, Verizon has launched a 5G Innovation Hub at the University's Learning Futures Collaboratory, Studios and Emporium. Students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners can now work together at the Hub to test and create 5G-powered educational experiences that are more inclusive, equitable and accessible. Digital equity is on the national agenda as leaders aim to address the digital divide, deepened during the pandemic. And in Arizona where as many as one million residents, including more than 200,000 students, do not have regular access to the internet, ASU has been instrumental in leading a series of initiatives aimed at surfacing solutions to help further close the digital divide. The first program to launch out of the 5G Innovation Hub at ASU will be “The Digital Equity Jam” sponsored by Verizon, AWS and Inseego. This program kicks off in early February 2022. Competing teams will develop use cases showcasing how Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and mobile edge compute can be used to help bridge the digital divide. Focus areas will include health, climate, poverty, human rights and education. The winning team will receive project seed funding, access to intensive summer entrepreneurship training in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and VentureWell, and the opportunity to pitch their venture to CGI in fall 2022. “Working with ASU, we have an extraordinary opportunity to research and develop new 5G-enabled experiences that can improve remote learning and help bridge the digital divide. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband’s super-fast speeds, high bandwidth and low latency can enhance applications ranging from immersive education to connected communities. By collaborating with ASU’s researchers, we hope to accelerate the innovation process and develop technology that will harness the full potential of 5G and edge compute.” Tami Erwin, Verizon Business CEO “We are in the most transformative technological moment since the early stages of the industrial revolution. And even with the social, political, and economic impacts that we are still learning to navigate as a society, there have been incredibly meaningful results from this use of technology,” said ASU President Michael Crow this morning during a keynote with Erwin at the Smart Region Summit. “Who gets educated is no longer socially stratified, we are able to unleash human creativity in ways not possible before…and so what these technologies that leverage broadband at the fastest speeds and most advanced level imaginable allow us to create is an environment in which the person, the learner, becomes emotionally connected in the story around the learning process itself. At ASU, we’ve become, with this next phase of our partnership with Verizon, the furthest at the tip of the spear to be empowered with technology and continue to improve the ways in which we learn, work and live.” Additionally, ASU plans to continue testing and deploying a variety of immersive educational experiences, powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and mobile edge compute. Students will be able to enter a Dreamscape pod where they can experience a Biology class in virtual reality (VR). Remote students will have access to a VR and web browser version. 5G use cases being explored will also include a career arcade using VR, where students can experience a day in the life of certain careers. 5G applications are also being tested for athlete performance analytics applications and virtual fighter pilot training. This engagement is part of Verizon’s broader strategy to partner with enterprises, startups, universities, national labs and government/military to explore how 5G can disrupt and transform nearly every industry. Verizon operates five 5G Labs in the U.S. and one in London that specialize in developing use cases in industries ranging from healthcare to public safety to entertainment. In addition, Verizon is collaborating with several customers to establish 5G Innovation Hubs on-premises as part of an ongoing initiative to co-innovate and create new 5G applications. Verizon's long-standing relationship with ASU includes collaboration and support for Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon's award-winning education initiative addressing barriers to digital inclusion and a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. The initiative includes bringing 5G to schools, enabling more robust, immersive learning experiences via technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality. Students leverage technology, social innovation and design thinking through a project-based online curriculum, developed by the J.Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at ASU, to positively impact their communities. Verizon's partnership with ASU also extends to Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a free next-gen online education portal that includes content curated by ASU, among other academic institutions, that provides immersive AR and VR experiences paired with lesson plans. Through Citizen Verizon, the company is committed to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030, among other goals. About Verizon: Verizon Communications Inc. was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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Oracle Academy Launches Global Career Center to Prepare Future Workforce computing digital education

Oracle | November 16, 2021

Oracle today announced the launch of the Oracle Academy Career Center, a virtual hub where students and educators gain free access to professional training, technical certifications, academic curriculum, and experiential learning resources for the classroom and beyond. Tailored for higher education, the Oracle Academy Career Center offers learning pathways across a range of professions, including engineering and development, human resources, finance, and sales. "The need for computing skills spans diverse industries, and as research shows, professionals with those in-demand skills enjoy higher paying jobs. The Oracle Academy Career Center provides job-focused learning resources plus free cloud-centered courses built on a foundation of academic, industry-relevant knowledge for a global audience. Today's announcement aims to empower the emerging generation of innovators and leaders who will define the future of business and technology." Elizabeth Snyder, Oracle's Vice President of Human Resources and Philanthropy The new Oracle Academy Career Center is a collaborative effort with Oracle University, Oracle Learning Library, and Oracle developer teams to tailor professional training and cloud-centered courses, normally available only to professionals working in the field, to students whose higher education institutions are members of Oracle Academy. The offering helps learners worldwide make connections between Oracle Academy's core academic curriculum and career opportunities by providing professional training and a chance to explore Oracle professional certifications. "There is a universal need for qualified cloud professionals," said Dr. Wen Pei, Dean of College of Management, Chung Hua University, Taiwan. "The Oracle Academy Career Center enables our graduates to meet that need and be prepared for well-paying jobs. We calibrate our teaching to real-world requirements, and through Oracle Academy resources, our teachers and students gain free Oracle Cloud access to learn and develop industry-leading skills." Aligned with Oracle's focus on cloud, Oracle Academy also released new curriculum, "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations." The curriculum introduces students to basic Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) concepts and terminology. The course offers lesson slides, corresponding videos and demonstrations, hands-on labs, and midterm and final exams. Through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program, learners in member institutions also may gain free access to Oracle Cloud. "In the United States, digital literacy continues to be a challenge," said Denise Hobbs, Senior Director, Oracle Academy North America. "Colleges in low-income and rural communities often lack the resources to offer computing courses. Our ready-to-use cloud curriculum, teaching materials, and career center make it easy for educators to offers students the foundational technology knowledge and skills that are universally in high demand across jobs." Today's new offerings follow a period of significant growth and reach for Oracle Academy. During the past fiscal year, Oracle Academy worked with more than 16,000 institutions across more than 130 countries to advance computing education, impacting millions of students. About Oracle Academy As Oracle's global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with more than 16,000 educational institutions and educators in more than 130 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready. About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

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