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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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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Top Augmented Reality apps for education: Smart way to your child’s success

The kids are the future of this world and so we always wish to give them the best of everything. So why do we turn a blind eye when it comes to education, the most important part of our life. Why do our children still study in front of black and whiteboards that were invented a hundred years ago? But not anymore, some kindhearted innovators have spent the time and money to help the kids study in a new and better way. In a world where our games have Augmented…

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Malala Yousafzai on the importance of technology, education, and … magic

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female schooling and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, spoke today about the role of technology in helping spread education, the importance of raising awareness for the various injustices in the world, and the inspiration she draws from magic. Malala made a wide variety of comments onstage at Pluralsight Live in Salt Lake City, Utah, but the ones about technology stood out to us. The conversation veered from sharing personal anecdotes with Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnardto cracking jokes at every opportunity, much to the audience’s delight. Last…

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FFA, Microsoft announce educational partnership between tech, agriculture

FARGO — One of the world’s largest technology companies is partnering with the future of agriculture in an educational initiative that will bring the two industries together. Microsoft has joined the National FFA organization to create the Blue 365 initiative, a program that will be kicked off at FFA’s national convention in Indianapolis Oct. 27-28. FFA National President Mark Poeschl, said Microsoft will sponsor at its convention a Blue Room that will include 17,000 square feet dedicated to agricultural technology tools such as drones, robotics, data analytics tools and more.…

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‘Technology plays key role in improving education quality’

Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma said on Friday that technology can play a key role in improving the quality of education. The minister was speaking in Patna at Education Conclave organised by the Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, a premier technology and media research organisation, in association with Microsoft as presenting partner. “The schools with not enough teachers can use smart classes, e-learning and digital learning to boost the education sector. A digital revolution is needed in the State’s education sector so that students may study through computers and…

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New highlights of school education in Pune: Going beyond rote learning, including those left behind & using technology

If the number of schools is any indication, then the education sector in the city has seen nearly 100 per cent growth in the last two decades. From 2,626 schools affiliated to the state board of education in 2004, to 3,405 schools in 2017, the number has seen a sharp rise. Add to that, over 95 CBSE schools and 36 ICSE and ISC schools today — there were less than 30 schools earlier — and the establishment of about 10 IB board affiliated schools after 1997. Educationists say that the…

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Why all education institutions should make humanity a compulsory subject

All of us want to pursue different careers and courses have been designed to teach and develop various professions. These help us monetize our talents and thus contribute to economy and growth. Is economical and technical stability the only basis of measuring our country’s prosperity? In the race to gain economic and career success, we brush aside importance that emotional and mental stability place in our lives. Due to this, we keep coming across terrible stories of inhumane actions and reactions of our fellow citizens. Whenever there is an accident or someone…

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One School's Quest for Personalized Public Education

SAN DIEGO—To understand just how far Vista High School will go to keep kids interested in school, consider the case of 17-year-old Hernan Hernandez and his skateboard. Hernan, an avid skateboarder, was bored in gym class. So were his classmates. So, late this spring, Hernan approached Principal Anthony Barela with a potential solution: What about offering them a skateboarding course instead? “I’m pretty sure if you told them they could skate and get an A, they would do that,” Hernan told Barela, a former football coach who is maniacal about keeping Vista…

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The Schools Transforming Immigrant Education

Katherine Zelaya sits in the front of her math class, leading her table of classmates in a word problem that’s asking them to determine the median and mean for a set of numbers. “¿Por qué?” she chimes in, asking Maria Alejandra to tell her why she came to a certain conclusion. “Jesús, termínalo,” the 19-year-old says a little later, encouraging the classmate on her left to finish his work. The scene in Michael Krell’s probability and statistics class at the International Academy at Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, D.C. is a…

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