Google school reviews? We can't take them seriously

TES | January 18, 2020

If you were to pick an institution in public life that didn't need to be further reviewed, you would think a school would be a good start. From formal visits from the inspectorate, to quality improvement officers sent in for classroom observations, to peer-to-peer review, the modern school gets examined constantly. And while the Rate My Teacher phenomenon, popular a few years ago, let the disgruntled have a go at members of staff, schools themselves had missed the modern obsession of reviewing everything. It's like TripAdvisor for schools – except people who leave holiday reviews on that website tend to have actually been to the place. Google school reviewers leave forthright views without necessarily ever having gone through the school gates.

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The Ohio State University chooses PebblePad to Support Undergraduate General Education Program

The Ohio State University news | November 14, 2022

The Ohio State University has chosen PebblePad, the Learning Journey Platform, to help more than 65,000 students develop, evidence and verify crucial skills across their learning experiences. PebblePad has been selected to support the university’s General Education program, which has been transformed to support the academic learning, achievements and professional goals of today's students. Throughout their academic career, The Ohio State’s students will use PebblePad to make sense of their learning experiences and to develop skills, allowing them to confidently articulate their personal strengths, competencies and aspirations The PebblePad platform is degree-wide and course-agnostic - supporting integrative learning and allowing students to bring together, reflect on and make connection throughout their learning journey across multiple themes and disciplines, including as academic and experiential learning. PebblePad was selected after a competitive procurement and evaluation process. Educators at The Ohio State can make use of a wide range of tools within PebblePad to help manage the challenges of supporting integrative learning at scale, whether delivered on or off-campus, and embracing hybrid learning and experiential learning activity. PebblePad’s powerful assessment engine can help educators provide formative and summative assessment of individual learner assets, portfolios, and their component parts. These tools are designed to support both simple and complex assessment workflows and to operate with multiple stakeholders including external advisers, work-based supervisors and mentors at scale. This news follows a period of significant growth for the company in Canada and the US, where a number of prestigious institutions have partnered with PebblePad because of its ability to deliver against their strategic learning and employability ambitions. “General Education is crucial to developing well-rounded and future-ready graduates, and building the skills which are so important for the world of work. PebblePad is uniquely positioned to help Higher Education offer the hybrid and student-centered learning experiences which is now demanded and expected by students. We are delighted to welcome The Ohio State University to the growing PebblePad customer community in North America.” Kenny Nicholl, Chief Growth Officer of PebblePad

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Cognizant Commits $5.3 Million in Philanthropic Support to Expand STEM Education and Access to Tech Careers

Cognizant | December 08, 2022

Cognizant has announced $5.3 million in philanthropic support for 14 organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. This funding will help broaden access to K-12 STEM education and advance equitable career pathways, a philanthropic commitment consistent with Cognizant's vision to leverage technology to improve everyday life. "Cognizant understands the power of technology to modernize, reimagine, and transform communities,Through our philanthropic efforts, we are expanding on-ramps to tech careers through greater access to high-quality STEM education and inclusion for those historically underrepresented in the industry. We are proud to partner with these 14 organizations to accelerate their work preparing talented young people and adults to succeed in the workforce of today and tomorrow." Tobi Young, Head of Philanthropy, and SVP, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Cognizant. Cognizant has long-standing global commitment to promote inclusion, elevate underserved communities, and prepare people for the future of work. Since 2018 alone, Cognizant has provided support to more than 70 organizations working to provide individuals with the quality education, training, and job opportunities required to improve economic and social mobility, among its other corporate social responsibility initiatives. In 2021, the company announced a new five-year, $250 million effort including philanthropic funding and in-kind contributions to advance economic mobility, educational opportunity, and health and well-being in communities around the world. Expanding Access to STEM Education Today, only 53% of K-12 schools offer computer science. Code.org and NCWIT work to advance research, professional development, and advocacy efforts to increase access to and participation in computer science at schools across the U.S. Programming from Dalhousie University, Girlstart, JA Central Ontario, University of Montana, and University of Toronto empowers the next generation of STEM professionals by connecting students with engaging and industry-informed learning opportunities. DonorsChoose provides educators across the U.S. with the resources they need to support young learners; funding from Cognizant will support K-12 computer science-related classroom projects on DonorsChoose during Computer Science Education Week, taking place Dec. 5-11, 2022. Advancing Equitable Pathways to Careers in Technology Ada Developers Academy, Blind Institute of Technology, Marcy Lab School, Road to Hire, and Turing School of Software and Design boost diversity and equity in the tech industry through innovative educational opportunities for learners from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds. Work Shift is an independent digital media hub for news, analysis, and opinion focused on whether education and training programs deliver the talent and opportunity that society needs. The outlet provides in-depth coverage of industry-leading programs, ensuring students, families, policymakers, and companies learn about promising education and career pathways. Quotes from partner organizations: Ada Developers Academy — Alexandra Holien, Interim CEO: "Ada is changing the face of tech, and we are thrilled that Cognizant is investing in our work. When we look at who is most left out of tech and the American economy overall, it's women and gender-expansive folks, especially Black and brown women. Ada's tuition-free program launches students into careers as software developers in just one year, hugely accelerating gender and racial equity in the tech industry. So far, we have graduated 700 new programmers from our Seattle and digital campuses, and now we are expanding! Ada just opened a campus in Atlanta, thanks in part to Cognizant's support." Blind Institute of Technology — Mike Hess, Executive Director: "Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) assists the hardest-to-serve communities with our fully remote and fully accessible programs. BIT is serving the blind, deaf, neurodiverse, and other people with disabilities to participate in equitable opportunities to further their futures in the workplace. With Cognizant's support, BIT can reach so many more individuals!" Code.org — Hadi Partovi, CEO: "In today's world, it is essential that all students have the opportunity to learn computer science. Cognizant's support will help enable our work to make computer science a fundamental part of the K-12 education system and ultimately increase access and participation for young women and students traditionally underrepresented in the technology fields." Dalhousie University — Dr. Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dean, Faculty of Computer Science: "Dalhousie University is excited to partner with Cognizant. As a civic university, Dalhousie strongly shares the belief that those who create and influence our digital world should be representative of the whole of society. This investment will enable us to build on the work we have done through our WeAreAllCS diversity initiative to improve access to technology education and opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the field. Through this partnership we will also be expanding our innovation and entrepreneurship programming, better connecting our students with industry, and the growing digital ecosystem." DonorsChoose — Alix Guerrier, CEO: "Cognizant is fostering a love for tech and computer science among public school students, by providing their teachers with the resources they need. Through their partnership with DonorsChoose, Cognizant is empowering future STEM leaders sitting in U.S. classrooms today." Girlstart — Shane Woods, Executive Director: "Thanks to support from Cognizant, Girlstart can provide free year-round STEM programming for 2,000+ girls in grades 4-8. Support for K-5 science has been greatly reduced over the past few years. Girlstart provides additional learning time outside of the school day and during the summer designed to bridge learning gaps by exposing girls to hands-on STEM lessons and activities. Our participants perform better on science and mathematics tests and have an increased interest in STEM education and careers thanks to our women in STEM guest speakers. We are grateful to Cognizant for making our work and progress possible!" JA Central Ontario — Jennifer Holmes Weier, President and CEO: JA Central Ontario is proud to renew our partnership with Cognizant. Here at JA Central Ontario, we envision a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. This vision is strongly aligned with Cognizant's aim of creating a world where all communities can participate in and benefit from the digital economy. We're looking forward to continuing our work together to inspire and prepare young people across Central Ontario as they look ahead to the future. Marcy Lab School — Reuben Ogbonna, Executive Director: "We are thrilled to be supported by our partners at Cognizant who share our mission of building equitable pathways to high-paying tech careers for underrepresented young adults. As tech sector jobs continue to be an engine for economic mobility in New York City, we see disproportionate numbers of Black and Latinx individuals locked out of these opportunities early in their careers. With Cognizant's generous support, we will be able to increasingly impact these numbers, graduating classes that are nearly 100% students of color and ensuring they are placed in competitive tech roles, thereby radically diversifying the tech landscape and creating generational wealth for our students and their families. NCWIT — Terry Hogan, President and Chief Technology Officer: "Professional school counselors play a central role in encouraging girls, women, and other underrepresented groups to pursue computing. Through their interactions with students, educators, parents, and guardians, counselors are in a unique position to enact change. But research shows, they face barriers when it comes to advising about computing education and careers. NCWIT's Counselors for Computing program equips counselors with tools that help students see themselves in computing. Counselors are a key lever on the path to a more inclusive tech industry, and Cognizant is helping NCWIT reach more counselors in more locations." Road to Hire — Kacey Grantham, CEO: "Road to Hire is grateful for Cognizant's continued commitment to supporting young adults on the path to high-growth, high-earning careers. Due to this collaboration, Road to Hire's reach will expand this year to more than 1,600 young adults of color underrepresented in tech. This work could not be done without excellent partners such as Cognizant. Turing School of Software and Design — Jeff Casimir, Executive Director: "Turing's mission is to unlock human potential by training a diverse and inclusive student body to succeed in high-fulfillment technical careers. Since our founding in 2014, Turing has helped over 1,800 people navigate the path to thriving tech careers. With support from Cognizant, we've been able to increase outreach efforts to recruit larger numbers of women, veterans, and BIPOC students. We've implemented new programs and coaching systems that have driven the graduation rate above 85%, time-to-hire under 60 days, and average starting salaries above $85,000. Our community thanks you! University of Montana — Seth Bodnar, President: "Sitting in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people, the University of Montana has long supported Native American access and success in higher education. We are grateful to Cognizant for its generosity and partnership in helping foster inclusive prosperity in Montana. Its support for the MT AIMS and Indigenous First Year Experience programs will help build pathways to higher education and meaningful careers for Montana's Native American students. University of Toronto — Chris Yip, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering: "This continuing partnership will help U of T Engineering to strengthen and grow programs that inspire and empower the next generation of engineering leaders — especially young women, Black students, and others who are underrepresented in the profession today. As engineers, we do our best work when we have diverse voices around the design table. We are proud to partner with Cognizant to lead the kind of change that will build a brighter future for us all. Work Shift — Elyse Ashburn, Co-founder and Editor: "The way Americans work and learn is shifting dramatically, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that those changes expand economic opportunity for people who have traditionally been left behind. Cognizant recognizes that independent journalism like what we do at Work Shift will play a critical role. We can't improve our systems of education and work without an honest accounting of what's working, what isn't, and what might. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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The Tech Interactive announces holiday activities for STEM learning on Winter Break

The Tech Interactive | December 22, 2022

The Tech Interactive is helping families make memories and cookie cutters over winter break Dec. 23 to Jan. 8. The science center in downtown San Jose is hosting a series of hands-on holiday activities that will help build STEM skills and encourage quality family time. " We love seeing kids' faces light up when they discover something new with us,We've been a place where families fall in love with STEM and learning for more than 25 years and are looking forward to another joyful season of innovating together." Katrina Stevens, President and CEO, The Tech Interactive. Holiday Activities Yeti Snowball Fling Invent a device that launches snowballs at yetis! Mix up your mechanical design to alter the motion and path of your snowball to wallop our icy abominable friends! DIY Cookie Cutters Looking to make a sweet treat that's uniquely yours? Design and create your own custom cookie cutter in this fun activity just in time for winter baking. Use new tools and your creativity to make your own shape and design. Take it home and bake up a batch of goodies. Delicious DIY! Season's Spinnings Let the wonder and delight of the season inspire you! Create your own optical illusion with a winter-themed thaumatrope. Get Crafty with BioTinkering It's a Winter Wonderland of making in our BioTinkering Lab. Make ooey, gooey tinsel with your own colorful algae string or use pigment taken from vegetables to make greeting cards and sustainable masterpieces. Season's (eco-conscious) Greetings! The Tech Interactive is also home to 10 exhibitions that explore topics like sustainability, biology, cyber security and robotics in fun and engaging ways. About The Tech Interactive The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

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South Texas College Replaces Disparate Ed-Tech Tools with YuJa’s All-in-One Enterprise Video Platform

YuJa | November 10, 2022

South Texas College has deployed the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform to serve its five campuses and two higher education centers located in Hidalgo and Starr counties, along with a virtual campus.Initially, the institution was seeking a solution to replace Ensemble Video, which was acquired and ended development for its educational video platform. YuJa’s Video Platform enables full-scale media management, lecture and video capture tools, course and event live streaming, in-video quizzing, video editing, captioning, and more, all while integrating with Blackboard, South Texas College’s Learning Management System. Because of the features and value YuJa’s portfolio offers, the institution has since expanded to replace VidGrid, which also is phasing out its education offering. “While migrating ed-tech tools can be a challenge, we’ve worked to streamline the process ,Institutions can consolidate tools to replace disparate systems while also creating more cohesiveness, offer more features to course designers and instructors, and provide budget-friendly costing in providing tools designed for education.” Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer at YuJa, Inc. South Texas College is among a continuously growing number of institutions in Texas that rely on YuJa’s ed-tech tools to serve students with engaging, interactive content, including at Dallas College, University of Texas at El Paso, Lamar University, McLennan Community College, Texas Wesleyan University, Clarendon College, Vernon College, Lone Star College, Texas State University, and others. ABOUT SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE Founded in 1993, South Texas College offers more than 127 degree and certificate options, including associate degrees in a variety of liberal art, social science, business, math, science, technology, advanced manufacturing, and allied health fields of study. Additionally, South Texas College is the only community college in the State of Texas to offer five baccalaureate degrees. South Texas College has a faculty and staff of more than 2,200 to serve the college’s five campuses, two higher education centers, and one virtual campus. ABOUT YUJA, INC. YuJa is a leader in ed-tech solutions. Our platforms provide organizations of all sizes with the tools to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve learning enterprises within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California, and Canadian offices in Toronto.

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