Education Modified and DC Charter Schools Join Forces to Put Special Education Online in Washington, D.C

Education Modified | July 13, 2020

Education Modified and the DC Special Education Cooperative announce a partnership, supported by Someone Else's Child and MIT Solve, to streamline workflow and improve virtual special education delivery for 16 additional charter schools in Washington, D.C. Through this partnership, Co-op member schools can use Education Modified's data and collaborative workflow platform for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year to address a major stumbling block during the COVID-19 school closures: communicating & delivering services to students with special needs in virtual settings. Now, instead of relying on paper files and other systems that are no longer viable, teams in over 20 Co-op member schools will utilize Education Modified to access data from IEP plans, track progress towards goals, and collaborate in real-time with all team members. "This partnership, the first of its kind for DC Charter Schools, will revolutionize the ways in which educators collaborate in service of students with disabilities," Julie Camerata, Executive Director, DC Special Education Cooperative, shared. "Over 15% of students in Washington DC's public schools are identified as having a disability. With the generous support of Someone Else's Child, we can make a difference for a great many of them." This unique non-profit and social impact for-profit collaboration represents the approach needed to address the challenges schools and districts across the US face.

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Video-based learning has long been used as an educational tool to assist in classroom teaching, with earliest usage noted during the Second World War (Yousef et al., 2014). A number of recent advances, most notably the rapid growth in access to high speed internet through homes, schools and personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, have had a significant impact in changing the learning environment and accelerating video use in higher education. Researchers note an “explosion” in online courses and a rapidly changing comprehension of how video can be used effectively to enhance learning (Schneps et al. 2010).This paper collects much of the best and most recent research addressing these questions in the context of higher education, and makes some research contributions that are presented here for the first time.


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Association of Independent Mortgage Experts | August 05, 2022

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North Park Theological Seminary Awards Master's Degree to Stateville Correctional Center Resident Scholars

North Park University School of Restorative Arts | June 17, 2022

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Gateway to Internet Governance Community, ICANN Fellowship Program Turns 15

ICANN | June 13, 2022

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EON Reality Enters Into Partnership With MerSETA to Bring the Knowledge Metaverse to 50,000 Students and 7,500 Interns in South Africa

EON Reality | July 08, 2022

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Video-based learning has long been used as an educational tool to assist in classroom teaching, with earliest usage noted during the Second World War (Yousef et al., 2014). A number of recent advances, most notably the rapid growth in access to high speed internet through homes, schools and personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, have had a significant impact in changing the learning environment and accelerating video use in higher education. Researchers note an “explosion” in online courses and a rapidly changing comprehension of how video can be used effectively to enhance learning (Schneps et al. 2010).This paper collects much of the best and most recent research addressing these questions in the context of higher education, and makes some research contributions that are presented here for the first time.

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