Enrollment woes could push colleges to use AI and data analytics

educationdive | March 04, 2020

Colleges may need to lean more on artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to curb the effects of a declining number of traditional-age students, as well as lower levels of state support, according to a new report from Educause. The 2020 Horizon Report pinpoints some of the challenges higher education leaders are facing and how emerging technology may be able to help.  AI and data analytics could aid institutions in finding new pockets of prospective students and help them be more successful while in college, the report's authors write. AI and data analytics, among other newer technologies, are already reshaping how colleges interact with students and potential recruits, the report's authors note.

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Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO Sets the Global Agenda for Early Childhood Education Till 2030

UNESCO | November 25, 2022

On the last day of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in the capital of Uzbekistan on 14-16 November, representatives of about 150 countries adopted the Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO. This information was provided by the Ministry of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan.Earlier, speaking with a welcoming speech to the delegates of the conference, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said:"I am confident that today's conference will be held in the spirit of frank discussions and exchange of views, new ideas and initiatives, and that specific proposals and recommendations will be developed. Undoubtedly, the Tashkent Declaration, which will be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, will serve as the basis for our joint efforts in this direction. The Tashkent Declaration is intended to set the international agenda for early childhood education through the year 2030. This document has been prepared through a consultative process during the conference and, once signed, will be translated into the six official languages of the United Nations and shared with the UNESCO Member States. "In Uzbekistan, we have the opportunity to send a powerful message to the world based on UNESCO's commitment to make 2022 the year of mobilization of efforts for education. Here in Tashkent, we must determine the model of society we want to live in a society that takes care of its children, guiding them and giving them all the attention they deserve," UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. In the framework of the strategy for global transformation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) system, the Tashkent Declaration established a set of guiding principles: improving the quality and relevance of curricula and pedagogy; ensuring equal and inclusive educational services for all children, and protecting and guaranteeing the rights to access ECCE in emergency situations. These and a number of other tasks are based on such fundamental factors as the development and support of teachers, broad introduction of innovations and state support for the sphere. The provisions of the UNESCO Tashkent Declaration, which set the main vectors for development of ECCE until 2030 – a milestone for the UN Sustainable Development Goals since the moment of signing become a guide for international organizations and relevant ministries of the countries participating in the world community in implementation of the paragraph 4.2 which reads: "By 2030 to ensure that all young girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-school education systems so that they will be ready for primary education.

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iMocha to showcase its skills intelligence platform and patented tools at the HR Technology Conference, Las Vegas

iMocha | September 13, 2022

iMocha, the world's largest skills intelligence and assessment platform, will be participating in the HR Technology Conference & Exposition , Las Vegas, happening from September 13-16, 2022. iMocha will be showcasing its Skills Intelligence and Assessment platform at the show booth number 4934.During the exposition, iMocha will exhibit its new patented technology, AI-LogicBox, an effective coding simulator and a pseudo-coding platform along with host of other unique skill assessment technologies (including Live Coding Interviews, AI-EnglishPro, AI-Enabled Proctoring). More than 300+ global organizations, including 8 of Fortune 500 and other larger enterprises, trust iMocha's platform to hire new employees, identify skill gap, measure the effectiveness of learning programs, and build organizational skill meter to build future-ready tech teams. iMocha continues to make ground-breaking contributions to the HR technology architecture through its future-ready skills assessment platform. We are extremely happy to be present at the HR Technology Conference where the who's who of HR Technology leaders will discuss and share ideas around driving HR success through technology." said Sujit Karpe, Co-founder & CTO of iMocha. "We see skill taxonomies and job role definitions change almost on a yearly basis, and enterprises are looking for ways to validate the skills of their workforce from hire to retire. Towards that, iMocha has built a scalable, feature-rich platform that accelerates time to hire, provides individual to organizational level skill reports, and enables both HR and hiring managers to make smarter talent decisions. At the event, along with our skill intelligence and assessment platform, we will be showcasing our newly patented pseudo coding platform, AI-LogicBox, which enables coding/tech skills assessment done intelligently, without making candidates code from scratch, providing the best possible candidate experience." Prabakaran Murugaiah, Country Manager – US, iMocha. About iMocha: iMocha is a skills intelligence and assessment platform that enables talent leaders to make smarter talent decisions. 300+ organizations use the platform across 70+ countries to acquire job-fit talent faster and to measure the ROI from their talent development and learning initiatives. It empowers talent teams with the largest skill library with 2500+ assessments, an asynchronous interview platform, AI-LogicBox (AI-based pseudo-coding simulator), AI-powered language analyzer, skill benchmarking, upskilling dashboard, talent analytics, proctoring, fraud detection, and custom assessment consulting, etc.

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Edutech Company CAKE to Publish 'BTS RECIPE BOOK', Expanding Educational Content Based on Artist IP

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY news | September 26, 2022

Language learning edutech company CAKE a subsidiary of SNOW, an affiliate of NAVER Corp. (KRX: 035420) announced today the publication of 'BTS RECIPE BOOK' in Korean, English and Japanese, following 'BTS LYRICS INSIDE', which was published last June. With the new book, readers can learn how to cook dishes that BTS members like to eat and learn Korean at the same time. This is part of CAKE's efforts to further diversify educational content based on K-pop artist's intellectual property'BTS RECIPE BOOK' introduces the story of BTS related to 15 dishes with recipes. CAKE previously published this content as a video, but adapted it into a book due to popular demand from fans. It contains Korean expressions about food and cooking as well as explanations about Korean food culture. The book also includes a food taste survey that BTS participated in so that global fans can learn Korean expressions and recipes in a more fun way. 'BTS RECIPE BOOK' provides details about cooking methods and includes vegan and gluten-free recipe options to meet the dietary needs of diverse readers. Also, QR codes are included for readers to easily access videos showing all cooking processes, allowing beginners to easily follow and enjoy the content. BTS LYRICS INSIDE' sold out in Japan and the United States within a day of its launch in June, showing how CAKE's educational content has received a lot of attention from readers around the world," said a CAKE representative. "Based on various artist IPs, CAKE will continue to grow as an edutech company that can lead education content not only in Korean but also in other languages from around the world.CAKE is actively expanding the field of educational content using artist IPs. CAKE has launched videos, such as 'BTS Fashion in Korean' and 'WORKOUT with BTS', and educational books, such as 'BLACKPINK IN YOUR KOREAN' and 'Learn! KOREAN with BTS'. CAKE also provides original lessons and short clips of everyday English expressions performed by native speakers through its app. CAKE plans to introduce various educational content using K-pop artist IPs as a mobile app this year. About SNOW SNOW, an affiliate of NAVER Corporation, is creating a new market as an innovative venture builder, aiming for the global stage. CAKE is a language learning mobile app operated by CAKE Corporation, a subsidiary of SNOW. In March 2022, CAKE Corporation acquired HYBE EDU, a subsidiary of HYBE, and announced its entry into the Korean education content market.

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Tynker to Combine Live Coaching With Coding Courses to Help Meet Booming U.S. Demand for Coding Education

Tynker | November 23, 2022

Tynker, a BYJU's company and the world’s leading K-12 coding education platform, has launched live coaching from expert instructors – including two free sessions – across all of its e-learning subscription plans for students aged 5-18. The new Tynker Quick Start bundle is part of the company's effort to ensure the U.S. can meet outsized demand for technical skills in the job market, which is outpacing the rate the country’s youth are learning to code. The demand for effective coding education is acute. According to a recent Oxford Study, nearly half of all jobs today are vulnerable to automation. At the same time, jobs requiring technical skills will outpace overall job growth by nearly 300 times between now and 2031. In the U.S., roughly half of students have some access to some form of coding education — but less than 5% of students were enrolled in the 37 states where data was available. Stats like these highlight the pressing need for students to learn coding to keep the U.S. at the forefront of the digital economy. With this enhanced offering, Tynker is doubling down on its mission of ensuring every high school graduate learns to code by 2033. Tynker is currently the only platform to offer bundled coaching with a deep, proven catalog of courses, apps and lessons to accelerate kids’ coding proficiency. Coding coaches are highly educated and trained instructors who help demystify the coding experience and enable budding coders to build confidence quickly. "It’s increasingly essential that every child develops coding skills to meet the demands of the digital economy over the next decade, The strength of the U.S. economy depends on helping students learn how to code now, to meet the forecasted demand for jobs requiring technical skills. When we democratize coding, and guarantee access to coding instruction, we're opening up new worlds for students from every walk of life." Srinivas Mandyam, Tynker CEO and co-founder. Getting Kids Coding Instruction Is Essential for Economic Growth As students learn to code, they gain additional essential skills — including problem-solving, logic and critical thinking — which lead to overall improved academic performance. Many education experts and technologists agree that learning to code can and should start at a young age. Several European countries, including Estonia, Finland, Italy and the U.K., are already incorporating coding into classroom instruction. Tynker’s award-winning, gamified courses and learning platform offer engaging activities for children of all ages – from pre-readers to elementary and middle schoolers to computer science Advanced Placement students. The addition of coding coaches ensures that children start at a suitable level and that learning is fun and engaging while building coding confidence. Tynker is the first and only coding education company to bundle two FREE live coaching sessions with an online learning platform for as little as $15 a month. Tynker is committed to offering the best value in the market, especially for those kids who are eager to learn and could benefit from a structured onboarding approach to coding. For less than the cost of a couple of tutoring sessions, parents can get one year's worth of unlimited coding activities that start with personalized guidance to put their child on the path to success. The Tynker Quick Start Bundle includes: Two expert instruction sessions from a highly educated and trained coding teacher Full access to all Tynker courses, games, apps and lessons (5,000 coding activities) Six organized levels to help kids progress from novice to expert, with skills certification at each level Lessons, instruction and activities that are appropriate for ages 5-18 Discounts that are available during Black Friday (40%) and throughout the month of December (20%). ABOUT TYNKER FROM BYJU'S Tynker is one of the world's leading K-12 creative coding platforms, enabling students of all ages to develop the coding skills to design and power animations, games, music, robots and drones, smart devices, virtual worlds like Minecraft, and more. The company's award-winning platform helps kids engage at home, school, and on the go, while developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and programming skills to help them be successful today and tomorrow. Tynker's highly successful coding curriculum has been used by one in three U.S. K-8 schools, 100,000 schools globally, and over 60 million kids across 150 countries. Tynker's partners include some of the world's most respected brands, including Apple, BBC Learning, Google, Microsoft, Mattel, PBS, Lego, NASA, and more. Tynker is accessible from any computer with an Internet browser, as well as via the Tynker and Tynker Junior mobile apps, and offers both free and paid subscription options. In 2021, Tynker was acquired by BYJU’S, the world’s largest education technology company.

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