Online Safety in the Age of Digital Learning

prnewswire | September 02, 2020

From video-based lessons to browsing their favorite websites, children in 2020 have different levels of experience with technology. Regardless of their expertise, prepare to discuss online safety with them. Consider the following tips from USAGov when teaching kids about staying safe online.Talk to Kids About Their Online Activity: Don't wait for your kids to come to you. Use everyday events like news stories or tv shows to start conversations about online safety. Get to know the websites your kids are using and who they are in touch with online. Encourage them to talk to you if they feel threatened or uncomfortable.

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Classroom supports a variety of assessment methods. You can give a numeric grade, leave comment-only feedback, or use a combination of both.On the Student work page, you can see the current status of students’ work and enter a numeric grade after you’ve reviewed an assignment. If you make a copy of a Google Drive file for each student, you can review work in progress and add comments.


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MedSchoolCoach Launches Groundbreaking MCAT Go Audio Learning Experience with MCAT Podcaster, Sam Smith

MedSchoolCoach | March 08, 2022

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18 Apps a student shouldn't live without

Elevate Education | April 30, 2016

From the temptation of social media, to the constant contact provided by smart phones, it can be almost impossible to concentrate. So we've compiled a list of some of our favourite apps to make study life that much easier. This thing is amazing. It’s an app that lets you block any site on all browsers for any period you like. You can adjust the settings to match your needs and goals. I keep it simple and just block Facebook for periods of 3 hours when I really need to get through study. This one is really similar to Self-Control, and has lots of added functionality and premium versions for those who will do anything to ‘not study’. Edrolo will actually test you on the subjects you’re learning, help you identify weaknesses, and train you to fix them. It’s like a personal tutor in your pocket.

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Advance HE launches its new governance brochure for 2020-21

Advance HE | August 24, 2020

In a turbulent operating environment all providers need high performing governing bodies that are equipped to shape the strategic course of the organisation. Governance effectiveness depends on strong foundations and in this new brochure Advance HE outlines how we support good governance throughout HE by: Advance HE is at the forefront of providing support to boards, individual Governors and staff such as Clerks and Secretaries to improve governance effectiveness and has been for more than 15 years. Our commitment to embedding ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) is inherent to all strands of our governance portfolio.

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Afficient Academy’s AI-Powered Learning Technology Disrupts K-12 Education

Afficient Academy | March 31, 2022

A perfect storm is brewing at the country’s K-12 schools as teachers and parents struggle to support children who have fallen behind. Facing resource-strapped educational systems exacerbated by the pandemic “learning loss,” parents are seeking alternatives. In response to increasing demand and queries, Afficient Academy, provider of AI-based K-12 learning programs, today released data proving that students learn 2-5 times faster with Afficient than with traditional school. By harnessing AI, Afficient’s patented Afficient Methodology helps identify gaps in children’s learning and provides intelligent and self-paced learning paths to not only close the gaps, but also help children dramatically improve learning effectiveness to reach A/A+. Research data (https://www.afficienta.com/timetocomplete/) from Afficient students verified that it has enabled 90% of its students to ace one grade level of content in just two to four months. Many students have exceeded their grade level and advanced ahead of their schools’ curriculum. “As a father of three children, and having seen serious deficiencies in many educational programs, I leveraged my Silicon Valley, teaching, and entrepreneurial roots to launch Afficient Academy with the vision and belief that modern technology can greatly enhance the effectiveness of learning, Now, our students’ data has proved that our AI-powered programs can not only improve learning efficiency by 2 to 5 times, but also lead to much better learning quality. I hope this new generation of technology-based educational programs reach and help a great number of students achieve ‘A’ efficiently.” - Dr. Jiayuan Fang, Founder and CEO. Afficient: Giving Students the Joy of Learning The first Afficient program launched in 2015. Today, over 15,000 students have learned better and faster with Afficient Math (Grades 2-12) and Afficient English (Grades 2-8). Afficient’s adaptive, self-paced programs gift each child the joy of learning by allowing them to learn according to their ability, and not age nor school grade. This is liberating as students compete against themselves to be the best they can be. Angelina Chen’s Afficient Math journey started in May 2021. Her parents noticed gaps in her math understanding, gaps verified by her Afficient diagnostic test. Although a 3rd grader, she started at Grade 2 in math to help fill in those gaps. Straightaway, Angelina excelled. In less than six weeks, she completed all coursework for Grade 2. She’s now an Honors level student and finished Grade 5 math — all this in just seven months. In addition to helping Angelina grow her math skills, her parents love the flexibility of Afficient’s online program, especially helpful since Angelina started in the midst of the pandemic. 4th grader Andy Wang’s skill gaps in math were impacting his confidence. 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Founded in 2014 to help students “Achieve ‘A’ Efficiently,” Silicon Valley-based Afficient Academy has helped over 15,000 students with its market-proven, self-paced learning programs powered by its patented “Afficient Methodology.” After a complimentary online diagnostic test, students get individualized AI-based programs that adapt to their academic levels. Intelligent algorithms guide students through learning paths that are highly efficient and optimized to help students reach A/A+. Live teachers provide support to help students in their self-learning process. Interactive, fun, and rewarding, Afficient programs motivate students to make persistent progress and achieve excellence. Over 90 percent of Afficient students complete one grade level with an A/A+ in two to four months.

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Classroom supports a variety of assessment methods. You can give a numeric grade, leave comment-only feedback, or use a combination of both.On the Student work page, you can see the current status of students’ work and enter a numeric grade after you’ve reviewed an assignment. If you make a copy of a Google Drive file for each student, you can review work in progress and add comments.

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