This Week: Top Headlines in Education

Higher education officials are, without a doubt, anxious about 2017. Late last week, the 2016 Higher Education Government Relations Conference brought together a panel of experts on the most pressing issues, including the uncertainty around the FY17 budget, which could mean even less money directed at higher education than the previous year. Read the full…
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A Surge in Diversity Puts More Pressure on Educators

Educators have been lamenting about the problem for decades: What more can they do to help every student succeed? And more to the point: What can be done to close the achievement gap for minority students? Ten years ago, it was estimated that more than 1.2 million students – most of them minorities – wouldn’t…
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Future Classrooms and the Power of Big Data and Little Data

Data has been growing on a massive scale, in everything from business, engineering, science, entertainment, and policy, transforming the way we think about the world. On the education front, many initially viewed data as a disruption, and not an ally, to the classroom. And as the American higher-ed system has faced a myriad of post-recession…
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This Week: Top Headlines in Education

Starting today, we’ll be putting together a regular roundup of the best education stories on the web – everything from new tech trends and tools in the classroom, success stories and tips on personalized learning and OEM, and higher ed and K-12 research findings. This week, get a look at the Department of Education’s latest…
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A Student’s View: Why We Need to Change the Way We Teach

You’re all familiar with the typical high school students… We sit in class, usually half asleep, listening to our teacher ramble on about applied trigonometry. Though we’re in the classroom, we never seem to retain much of what’s taught. Why? Because the teacher, in most cases, is simply following the curriculum, and the curriculum doesn’t…
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4 Simple Strategies to Avoid the Summer Learning Loss

Among the excitement of summer’s long awaited arrival, parents and educators are bracing themselves to face a familiar challenge. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.” With years of research proving the typical school-free summer months…
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Teacher’s Toolkit: 5 Ways to Finish the School Year Like a Pro!

For many teachers, the last few weeks of school is a strange time. Students are restlessly awaiting that final bell to mark the beginning of summer, and you know there’s little point overloading with new curriculum. For some, it’s a waiting game. For others, it’s a scramble to the finish line. Either way, the homestretch…
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Reflections on the School Year: What Should We Do Differently?

As we reach the homestretch, principals and education leaders everywhere are beginning to reflect on the school year, asking critical questions like: ‘Was it successful?’ ‘Are my students satisfied?’ ‘Are my teachers satisfied?’ These are important not only for professional development and school progress, but for the health and well-being of staff and students alike….
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5 Things You See in a Student-Centered Classroom

It’s no big revelation that classrooms are evolving. They’ve been changing for a long time, with some faster than others to embrace reform. Much of this change is edging us ever closer to what many consider the ideal: Student-centered education. Student-centered learning essentially means challenging the traditional ‘teacher-centric’ approach to give students more control over…
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The Top 5 EdTech Trends in Higher Education for 2015

1. BYOD Emphasizing its effectiveness in facilitating personalized learning, the 2015 NMC Horizon Report names BYOD a key trend making a significant impact on higher education. The report outlines a Bradford Network Study that revealed 85% of the responding educational institutions currently allow students to use their own devices on campus, with 52% actively integrating…
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