Google licensing Chrome Education tools to all New Zealand schools

Chrome OS is taking over the education market with affordable, simple hardware backed by cloud management capabilities. One country where Chromebooks are particularly prevalent is New Zealand, where its Ministry of Education signed a deal with Google to provide all schools access to Chrome Education management tools. Last year, Google noted that Chromebooks “are the number one device used in New Zealand schools.” With a population of approximately 5 million people, Google and New Zealand Ministry of Education announced today that Chrome Education licenses will be available for all state and state-integrated schools. Staring next…

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The area’s ‘other’ tech school seeks to shed its also-ran status

The Illinois Institute of Technology, a Bronzeville university laser-focused on STEM before it was cool, this month opens its first new academic building in nearly 50 years. The debut of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation & Tech Entrepreneurship is a milestone for a changing university in a transforming neighborhood. Illinois Tech President Alan Cramb’s plan to expand student headcount by 1,000, or 15 percent, depends on recruiting more students from outside the state and seeking a higher percentage of undergraduates, as its big population of foreign grad students…

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Most preschool math, literacy apps not designed to help children learn, UCI study finds

  Most literacy and math educational apps for preschoolers are not designed to help youngsters actually learn, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Few incorporate features informed by evidence-based best teaching practices or age-appropriate in-play guidance. Youngsters under 5 process information very differently from older kids. They have shorter attention spans, less working memory capacity and more limitations in visual interpretation and are also still developing the fine motor skills needed for accurate touch-screen interactions. “More than half of the educational apps on the market…

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Education Department Honors Tech Initiatives

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education at a convening here yesterday awarded recognition to 10 educational technology projects aiming to expand access to education and pipelines to the work force. The #edu2030 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge from the department’s Office of Educational Technology offered no funds to winning projects but aimed to shine a spotlight for investors and other observers on ambitious initiatives. Two of the 10 winners — JetBlue’s proposal to widely share its model for offering degrees to employees, and an artificial intelligence platform for organizing skills and identifying careers…

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Pennsylvania education official is advocate for more community schools

Pam Smith is a special assistant to state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and his point person for community schools. Before going to Harrisburg in 2016, Smith worked at the School District of Lancaster as coordinator of school, family and community partnerships. Her duties included developing community schools. The following Q&A has been edited for clarity. How does the Education Department view community schools? From our vantage, it’s a strategy to support student success. It went from being nice to do to being necessary. Kids don’t live in a bubble. They…

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The cost of marginalising Tech-Voc Education (Pt 3): corporal punishment, “weak” students and loss of teacher time

“In the old 10%-entering-secondary-school days, some schools allowed students to follow an accelerated four-year programme to take the external examination. “Would it not make sense to have a similar programme which provides six or maybe even seven years as the norm to cater for the weaker students or, alternatively, have specially trained teachers and smaller classes in mixed-ability groups? It seems to me that an urgent examination needs to be made of the inputs of time in the Education System, the age at which we start school at the primary…

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Marrying technology and home language boosts maths and science learning

Technology, like mobile apps and online learning platforms, is becoming an increasingly important teaching tool all over the world. That’s also true in emerging markets; accessible technologies can essentially be used to take information and digital resources into remote, rural and under-resourced schools. But is this technology useful if it’s not also provided in diverse languages? In subjects like maths and science, pupils must have a certain level of competency to comprehend and effectively respond to tasks. Extensive research shows how important language is in helping pupils better understand concepts. I set out to evaluate the…

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Bringing Tech to the Tundra: Educators Are Bridging the Technology Gap in Alaska

How are rural schools, which face logistical obstacles unheard of in more urban districts, finding ways to provide their students with technology? If one Alaska district is any indication, it’s through a combination of creative problem solving. Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is the second largest district in Alaska after the Anchorage School District. It serves 20,000 students spread over an area the size of West Virginia. Its 47 K- through 12-grade schools range from the tiny 19-student Beryozova School, which serves what is known as an “Old Believer” community of families…

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Positive Parenting: Toddlers learn best with interactive apps

Television, tablets and smart phones. There’s always way to access information. Preschoolers can learn a lot from just a little screen time. But are educational television programs the best forum? What about interactive digital media, like touchscreen apps, with an estimated four million now available to download. A new study explores the science behind parents’ many options. So many “educational” apps, videos and games available and so little guidance. Developmental psychologist Heather Kirkorian and her colleagues reviewed a number of studies to determine if two-year-olds would learn best from interactive…

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Ed-Tech: Easing access to quality education

When it comes to education and admissions, diversity has been under focus for sometime now. In the west, it is racial diversity. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron recently spoke about how only a very small percentage of black students attended Oxford. Closer to home, there have been efforts to increase diversity on a caste and tribe level. However, there has been one large section of our society that goes unnoticed – women. There are NGOs that focus on female education. However, a patriarchal society comes in the way of…

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