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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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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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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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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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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Greenville Tech, The Citadel partner on business education

Students at Greenville Technical College now have the option to transfer, with an associate degree, to The Citadel to complete an online Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with four semesters of study. The two schools signed an articulation agreement enabling Greenville Tech students to enroll online at The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, a division of The Citadel Graduate College, according to a news release. “We are pleased to offer our graduates a clear path to a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel,” said Jermaine Whirl, vice president of learning…

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Future of Digital Technology in Education

The quote by Richard Stallman rightly fits the induction of technology into Education which reads, “Sharing is good, and with digital technology, Sharing is Easy Indeed”. Digital technology is a way to make things done in an easier and smarter way, which is the need of the hour. Let’s take a look at how embracing the digital technology can help students, teachers and the entire education industry – Making Education Accessible from Anywhere to Everywhere Education will be made globally accessible. Teachers can share their data and resources over the…

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Tech makes new demands on teachers

The digital age is changing the world at an accelerated speed. The question is: Are teachers concerned about understanding the rapid changes being brought about by technology? Or is digital technology disrupting their comfort zone and the business of teaching? Although I see the accelerated changes and the disruption as exciting, it requires teachers to adopt and adapt to new technologies if they are to survive in the classroom. Technology has revolutionised many industries — and teachers, as agents of change, need to venture into a different mode of teaching.…

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U.S. Education Secretary visits Georgia Tech

  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made a stop in Atlanta. Wednesday marked the beginning of her Re-Think School tour to talk about the importance of re-thinking education to improve outcomes for students. To kick the tour off, DeVos visited Georgia Tech to learn more about their student programs. She also co-hosted a round-table so students could demonstrate the newly launched My Student Aid mobile app which allows students to easily apply for federal student aid. After Georgia Tech, DeVos traveled to Huntsville, Alabama to see NASA’s Marshall Flight…

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Tech conference held at Greenbush Education Service Center

Dozens of teachers get a glimpse of the future today at the Greenbush Education Service Center. The session focused on technology, and how it can be used to enhance their student’s learning. When you think of using technology in the classroom, many of us might think of something like using a 3D printer, or virtual reality. And while that was on display, and certainly can be used to teach a wide range of topics, that wasn’t necessarily the only focus of today’s conference. The teachers I talked to say there’s…

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