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Here’s How Higher Education Dies - The Atlantic
In the spring of 2013, there were 19,105,651 students enrolled in higher ed; this spring, there were 17,839,330, according to recently released data from the National Center for Education Statistics. That represents a roughly 7-percent decrease—and is driven largely by declining enrollments in the for-profit and community-college sectors, as well as stagnant enrollments among four-year non-profit public and private institutions. And the trend of declining enrollment in higher education is likely to continue, he argues, for a couple of reasons, but most notably, a declining birth rate means that there will be fewer 18-year-olds entering academe, and there are fewer international and immigrant students to fill those seats.
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17 hours ago by seaugust
Personalizing Education for Everyone | Aspen Ideas Blog with Sal Khan
Q: More than 60 million registered users utilize Khan Academy. Who are these people?
A: Our target users are students, from elementary school-aged kids all the way through college students. Some are visiting the website for help, to understand what’s going on in class or prepare for a test. More and more, we’re seeing students who are coming in, directed by teachers to use Khan Academy to learn at their own pace, or they’re doing their homework on Khan Academy. Right now it’s about two-thirds North America, one-third the rest of the world. And even though our target users are kids, a lot of adults use Khan Academy. They’re parents who are trying to help their children, or teachers. Or it might just be people curious about learning!
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17 hours ago by seaugust
How two states are tackling the shift to digital education
There are essential conditions for digital learning — like state leadership, equity of access, accessibility for all students, interoperability considerations and student data and privacy. Still, while many states have local control and the final decision is left to the schools and districts, it’s important that states provide some leadership around selection, curation, procurement and funding in order to support districts as they embrace digital, said Christine Fox, deputy executive director for SETDA.
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3 days ago by seaugust
Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts
One way to boost achievement in math, researchers say, is to avoid mention of innate skill and stress that math can be learned. Another is to expose children to adults with different areas of expertise, and offer a wide variety of activities and books.
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3 days ago by seaugust
Sphero raises $12M as it focuses on education
It’s a tricky play, given how overcrowded the world of coding toys is at the moment, but Sphero has long been building out its play in the space, in tandem with its more consumer-focused offerings.
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4 days ago by seaugust
Disadvantaged schools don’t need smaller classes—they need better teachers
The OECD report says the best-performing school systems had three things in common when it came to teachers: Most had a required and extended period of on-the-job training during which they received feedback and support from mentors in a formalized program; most professional development was in-house, rather than imported by experts; and teacher evaluation focused on useful feedback for improvement. Also, teachers felt valued in society.
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4 days ago by seaugust
Google wants to make the college search easier
Google is mostly getting this data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The company notes that it worked with research and nonprofit organizations, as well as high school counselors and admissions professional to design the new experience.
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4 days ago by seaugust
The Quest of Laurene Powell Jobs
With student loans, multiple jobs, work-study and a small family commitment, she paid for enrollment in the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied economics, political science and French. “I know it in my core that, without that, I never would have had the opportunities that I have in my life,” she says. Education would become Emerson Collective’s seminal issue. “For the students who I work with, I understand that school is their way out,” she says. “It’s really their portal to anything larger than what they see around them. That was true for me.”
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4 days ago by seaugust
Steady growth in edtech market projected through end of year
Google may have a stronghold on the U.S. education market, but globally, Windows devices are preferred, Futuresource Consulting found.
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4 days ago by seaugust
AI in classrooms can raise red flags on privacy
The K-12 association provided a checklist of 10 questions to ask before bringing AI technologies into classrooms...
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4 days ago by seaugust
The massive personalized learning experiment in New Orleans schools
Foundations that fund Next Generation Learning Challenges include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (which is among the funders of The Hechinger Report), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Michael Dell Foundation — linked, respectively, to the founders of Microsoft, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell computers...

This definition of personalized learning involves four components: a learner profile that contains all the student data; flexibility in schedules, classroom set-up, and student grouping; some choice for students in how and what they learn (known as “personal learning paths”); and the ability for students to go through a course at their own pace (known as “competency-based progression”).
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4 days ago by seaugust
What Predicts College Completion? High School GPA Beats SAT Score
Put another way, the expected graduation rate of a student with a given GPA doesn’t change very much depending on her SAT score. But the expected graduation rate of a student with a given SAT score varies tremendously depending on her GPA.
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4 days ago by seaugust
How To Dial Back Stress For High-Achieving Kids : Shots - Health News : NPR
A group of parents is trying to shift the culture to balance the focus on achievement with an emphasis on well-being. Part of the equation is freeing up kids to find their own motivation and life path. There is a growing body of evidence pointing to elevated risks of anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol use among kids raised in privileged communities.
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4 days ago by seaugust
Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more
Google itself has worked with both Udacity and its competitor Coursera over the years for launching both career-oriented courses and more technical classes that range from introductions to programming and IT skills classes to in-depth machine learning courses.
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7 days ago by seaugust
Automation Will Make Lifelong Learning a Necessary Part of Work
The need for social and emotional skills including initiative taking and leadership will also rise sharply, by 24%, and among higher cognitive skills, creativity and complex information and problem solving will also become significantly more important.
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7 days ago by seaugust
How digital learning creates more pathways to graduation - Melinda Gates
A little more than a decade ago, only 32 percent of students who enrolled at Georgia State University were making it all the way to graduation. Today, that number is 22 points higher. One of the many changes GSU made was introducing online adaptive learning courses.
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7 days ago by seaugust
A better way to educate black young men [Eagle Academy] - NY Daily News
Today, the Eagle Academy Foundation supports six schools in challenged neighborhoods — five in New York City and one in Newark, N.J. The schools, with grades six to 12, educate almost 3,000 black and Latino young men. Last year, the Eagle Academies registered an 87% graduation rate — 28 percentage points higher than the national graduation rate for young men of color. Ninety-eight percent of Eagle graduates were accepted to college.
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12 days ago by seaugust
Can This VC [Shauntel Garvey] Close Education's Achievement Gap at Last?
With entrepreneurs, Garvey is always on the lookout for personalized technology, such as Newsela, a platform that tailors news articles to every reading level. She was drawn to Holberton School, an alternative college for software engineers that has turned people with no experience into programmers at Facebook and Dropbox — without upfront tuition, thereby reducing the barrier for low-income students. Garvey also backed Nearpod, a platform that enables teachers to deliver interactive lessons and get immediate student feedback that’s now used in 3 out of every 5 U.S. school districts.
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12 days ago by seaugust
How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds
The medium’s breakout star is known as Ninja. He is a former professional Halo player named Tyler Blevins, who has said that he makes more than half a million dollars a month by streaming his Fortnite sessions, and his free-associative commentary, on Twitch (which is owned by Amazon).
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13 days ago by seaugust
Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test
These findings point to the idea that poorer parents try to indulge their kids when they can, while more-affluent parents tend to make their kids wait for bigger rewards. Hair dye and sweet treats might seem frivolous, but purchases like these are often the only indulgences poor families can afford. And for poor children, indulging in a small bit of joy today can make life feel more bearable, especially when there’s no guarantee of more joy tomorrow.
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13 days ago by seaugust

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