Newest Library Items en Beyond the Skills Gap: Making Education Work for Students, Employers and Communities <p>This report addresses the issue that "our policies, as currently designed, are failing to meet the practical needs of students for skills, credentials, and jobs," and concludes with six recommendations for how federal policies can better support career education.</p> <p>"Efforts to link public education to the economic goals of individuals and communities have a long history in the United States, but institutions have a way of sidelining vocationally focused programs in favor of other pursuits that build prestige within the academy but may have little to do with local economies or student goals."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> career competencies Higher Education HZ 144 real-world competency real-world skill recommendations skills gap workplace Reports and Research HiEd Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:18:41 +0000 Michele Cummins 22837 at Mankato Initiative Transforms Special Education <p>In addition to making curriculum easier to access online, a new one-to-one digital learning initiative is helping the district's special education students gain more independence, according to school staff. The iPads allow the students to access the same content digitally not only during class, but on their own. Using the tablets' text-to-speech feature, children who cannot read well can highlight the content, plug in their headphones and listen to it instead. The iPads' many accessibility settings make them easily used by students with other types of disabilities, said the district's special education technology coordinator Bambi Dubke.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> 1 to 1 1:1 device disabilities disibility HZ 144 iPad one to one personal device personal learning path personalization special education tablet K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:28:26 +0000 Michele Cummins 22834 at A Call for a Public College Quality Compact <p>A new report from the Center for American Progress proposes that the federal government create a fund that would encourage states to invest in public colleges and universities. States would receive federal matching grants in exchange for helping pay at least as much as the maximum Pell Grant per student in indirect and direct support to public higher ed institutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Center for American Progress federal government financial aid Funding grants Higher Education HZ 144 North America Support Reports and Research HiEd Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:19:20 +0000 Michele Cummins 22833 at What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? <p>A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> brain curiosity HZ 144 neurology K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:27:16 +0000 Michele Cummins 22832 at “Fliperentiated” Instruction: How to Create the Customizable Classroom <p>The stubborn part about differentiation is trying to synchronize the learning of an entire class in which not every student learns or does the same thing at the same time. Here is where flipped learning can provide a lifeline. "If differentiation is the engine, flipped learning is the grease. Used synchronously, they can power a learning experience that gets students moving faster and farther than ever before."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> differentiated differentiated education planning flipped HZ 144 K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:22:50 +0000 Michele Cummins 22831 at Rethinking vocational high school as a path to college <p>For years, vocational high schools have been seen as a lesser form of schooling – tracking some kids off to work while others were encouraged to go on to college and pursue higher income professions. But things are changing. Vocational high schools are focusing much more on preparing students for higher education. To be successful in this kind of economy, experts say workers have to be multi-skilled and able to retrain for new jobs throughout their careers. Everyone needs a good academic foundation in order to do that, experts say, and most kids in vocational programs were not getting that foundation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 144 vocational education vocational high school vocational program K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd K12 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:39:49 +0000 Michele Cummins 22830 at 10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education [Slideshare] <p>Brian A. Rellinger, CIO Ohio Wesleyan University has been experimenting with drones on campus to see firsthand how they can used to enhance teaching, learning, research, and service to society. Some OWU students are already bringing drones on campus, further extending the bring your own device concept.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BYOD drone drones Emerging Technologies Higher Education HZ 143 research HiEd Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:23:14 +0000 Michele Cummins 22829 at Blended Learning Provides Pathway to Success for High School Students <p>The Red Clay Consolidated School District (RCCSD) was one of the first school districts in Delaware to offer blended learning opportunities to high school students and this article explains why it has been beneficial for them.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"><div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Delalware</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div></div> </div> </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended learning hybrid HZ 143 North America K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:20:59 +0000 Michele Cummins 22828 at Museums Morph Digitally <p>"The transformation, museum officials say, promises to touch every aspect of what museums do, from how art and objects are presented and experienced to what is defined as art."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 143 Technology in Popular Culture Museum Museum Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:12:37 +0000 Michele Cummins 22827 at Visits to Australia’s museums rise on the back of a digital experience <p>Statistics are showing that as more people discover what museums offer via digital channels, the more they want the experience of visiting the museums themselves.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> apps Australia Australia-New Zealand HZ 143 mobile social media social media marketing virtual exhibition virtual visit web presence Challenges and Trends Museum Museum Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:24:22 +0000 Michele Cummins 22826 at In a decade or two, going to the movie theater could feel as outdated as renting a VHS tape. <p>"At some point, VR is going to eliminate the need to go to a physical place and see a big screen," Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told CNNMoney. "It can be even richer than the IMAX experience in a theater, because it can be 360 and all around you."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> augmented reality Emerging Technologies HZ 143 Oculus virtual reality visual story-telling vr Tech in Popular Culture Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:21:38 +0000 Michele Cummins 22825 at Surprising Gadgets, Not Just Books, Are Ready for Checkout at College Libraries <p>Justin Ellis’s official title at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s library is instructional-technology associate, but he thinks of himself as the gadget guy. He manages a program at the library that lets students and professors check out a growing catalog of computers, cameras, and other electronics—a selection more akin to a Best Buy store than a lending library.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> check-out electronics gadgets Higher Education HZ 143 Library Q Challenges and Trends Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:12:08 +0000 Michele Cummins 22824 at American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist <p>Alternatively framed as maker classes, after-school innovation programs, and innovation prizes, these programs are frequently not framed as learning at all. Discovery environments are showing up as culture and entertainment, from online experiences to contemporary art installations and new kinds of culture labs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> authentic learning discovery discovery learning HZ 143 learning environment real-world learning K-12 Food for Thought Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:53 +0000 Michele Cummins 22823 at STEM contests challenge students to make a difference <p>Students are learning how STEM disciplines connect to their lives through a growing wave of competitions aimed at encouraging the next generation of young innovators—while filling the pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics employees.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> challenge-based learning contests hands-on learning HZ 143 STEAM STEM K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:10:59 +0000 Michele Cummins 22822 at As Many As Two Million Students Could Receive Associate Degrees Through National Student Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Project <p>Reverse transfer of credits occurs when a four-year institution transfers student credits back to any two-year institution from which a student has transferred. It doesn’t matter if the student transferred to another associate degree granting institution first or a bachelor’s level institution, attended public or private institutions, or transferred across state lines. If eligible, the student is then awarded an associate degree. Eligible students will now have the opportunity to be awarded a first associate degree that reflects their educational achievement and allows them to compete more successfully in advanced higher education pursuits as well as the workforce.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> associate associates degree community college credit degree Higher Education HZ 143 Lumina News reverse transfer transfer two-year college HiEd Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:56:30 +0000 Michele Cummins 22821 at EdCast CEO: The multiversity can help fend off MOOC disruption <p>Edcast founder and CEO Karl Mehta has high hopes for a "multiversity" concept that is largely focused on providing a user-centric experience to access open-source content available to students and faculty worldwide. This would help facilitate collaboration between universities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> cloud collaboration Edcast Higher Education HZ 143 Knowledge Cloud multiversity open content open-source Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:11:09 +0000 Michele Cummins 22820 at Smithsonian X 3D - Overview <p>Learn how 3D technology impacts the Smithsonian exhibits, research, conservation techniques and more by traveling objects in a safer way to providing educators with new access tools and supporting researchers by giving them accurate, measurable data.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> 3d 3D print 3D scan conservation exhibit model research smithsonian Museum Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Museum Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:55:13 +0000 Michele Cummins 22819 at Do Our Students Understand Our Standards? <p>A 7th grade teacher reconstructed the standards they were seeking to achieve so that all parties understood learning objectives clearly, and then came to an agreement that there are multiple paths to successfully fulfill those expectations. This teacher hopes that by this students will see that there is room for all of their abilities and not just the ones determined by the teacher.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> assessment authentic assessment authentic learning HZ 142 individualized learning learning paths personalized learning real-world learning self-directed learning student-directed learning K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:21:18 +0000 Michele Cummins 22818 at After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology <p>When this DC Public Schools 5th grade teacher hit a wall in reaching her students, she took control of her own professional development by taking a fellowship with the CityBridge Foundation to research and develop a new teaching method:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended blended learning customizable HZ 142 online learning professional development K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HZ Classics Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:00:40 +0000 Michele Cummins 22817 at Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving <p>This article describes the importance of metacognition and how to teach students to take control of their own learning and become an independent thinker.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> autonomy HZ 142 metacognition real-world learning real-world skills self-directed K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:46:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22816 at