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Kuwait Invites Nominations for 2020 US1 Million Al-Sumait Prize For Education In Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 gennaio 2020

Kuwait City.  Kuwait  invited nominations for Al-Sumait Prize for Education in Africa, the Sixth in the series of its annual prizes to be awarded for significant advances in the areas of food security, health and education in Africa. Open to individuals or institutions, the closing date for entries for the one million dollars Al-Sumait Prize for Education is June 30, 2020.The Prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas (or other related fields): Improving peoples access to basic education, vocational & training programs and/or higher education Improving literacy among all members of society.
Decreasing the dependence of children’s education on the socio-economic status of their parents. font: http://www.alsumaitprize.org/nominations

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“Futurità”: un programma di education per studenti e insegnanti

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 gennaio 2020

Futurità è un’iniziativa che ha l’obiettivo di favorire la diffusione della cultura della sostenibilità all’interno del mondo scolastico e in particolare tra gli studenti del 3° e 4° anno delle scuole superiori. Li aiuta a comprendere i meccanismi utili ad attuare strategie di sviluppo economico sostenibile di medio e lungo periodo, facendo altresì conoscere il ruolo che imprese e professioni possono svolgere a supporto di questo percorso.L’iniziativa è promossa da UBI Banca in collaborazione con l’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale della Lombardia. Digital partner del progetto è WeSchool, leader italiano della didattica digitale.Il progetto è pensato per coinvolgere in modo del tutto nuovo e “contemporaneo” i giovani studenti e far scoprire loro come le professioni di domani ci aiuteranno a sviluppare un’economia più sostenibile. Un progetto che si distingue per contenuti e modalità di apprendimento, grazie all’impiego di una metodologia didattica “blended”, ovvero che coniuga l’attività svolta in classe insieme ai docenti con una piattaforma di learning collaborativa.Tra i principali argomenti oggetto di formazione, gli Obiettivi per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile dell’Agenda 2030 delle Nazioni Unite e la salvaguardia dell’ambiente, così come tematiche della massima attualità e strettamente connesse alla sostenibilità, eppure escluse dai programmi scolastici, quali quelle relative alla privacy e ai dati sui social, alla smart mobility e alle nuove professioni digitali.
Il programma Futurità è funzionale all’orientamento scolastico-professionale. Grazie anche alla testimonianza da parte di diversi soggetti dell’impresa, favorisce infatti nei giovani la consapevolezza delle loro attitudini e vocazioni in relazione alle opportunità di lavoro e li guida nella comprensione delle professioni emergenti e delle relative competenze specialistiche richieste, mostrando come la “sostenibilità” non riguardi solo l’ambiente ma anche, per esempio, il corretto utilizzo degli strumenti digitali e la protezione dei dati, oltre che la qualità dei rapporti di lavoro. Può inoltre rappresentare un valido strumento di supporto nel percorso evolutivo della scuola italiana verso una maggiore digitalizzazione.I primi istituti scolastici coinvolti nella fase pilota del progetto sono le scuole secondarie delle province di Bergamo e Brescia, invitate a partecipare al programma nel secondo quadrimestre dell’anno scolastico 2019-2020: in questa prima fase sono quindi circa 40.000 i giovani delle classi terze e quarte potenzialmente coinvolti nell’attività. Il 13 gennaio e il 16 gennaio, rispettivamente a Brescia e a Bergamo, sono in calendario gli eventi di presentazione dell’iniziativa ai dirigenti scolastici delle due province.Digital partner del progetto è WeSchool, leader italiano della didattica digitale, riconosciuto dal MIUR come Ente accreditato (ai sensi della Direttiva 170/2016) anche per la formazione professionale certificata dei docenti, la cui missione è la digitalizzazione della scuola italiana. WeSchool è tra i 25 vincitori in Europa del Google Educator Grant per le migliori iniziative di formazione docenti e digitalizzazione della scuola. Sono oltre 90.000 i docenti iscritti al sito.Per gli studenti e le scuole che partecipano al progetto sono previsti importanti riconoscimenti. Saranno infatti assegnate borse di studio per un valore complessivo di 100.000 euro alle migliori tesi o project work realizzati dagli studenti sulla base del percorso formativo seguito. Per le scuole, è prevista la fornitura di dotazioni tecnologiche a supporto della digitalizzazione delle attività didattiche.Saranno a breve disponibili i bandi di partecipazione con tutti i dettagli, oltre alle specifiche della giuria che valuterà i lavori svolti.

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New Dentsply Sirona website expands world-class education offerings

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2019

The Dentsply Sirona Academy provides the clinical and technical knowledge, skills and inspiration that dental professionals need to develop themselves and their practices. This education encompasses more than 11,000 courses, meetings and events, 42 Education Centers including those in Charlotte, North Carolina and Bensheim, Germany, and now an expanded online presence on http://www.dentsplysirona.com. The “learn” section of the new state-of-the art online platform for the U.S. markets features a customer-focused site design with easy navigation, an easier registration process, and better search options. Above all, dental professionals benefit from a broader selection of courses and videos. With an already broad selection of Endodontics, Implants, Preventive and Restorative courses and videos, Dentsply Sirona has now added courses on topics including local anesthesia, digital dentistry, endodontics, implants, oral surgery, practice management, preventive care and restorative dentistry. The online Academy also offers more than 800 free videoclips that demonstrate tips and tricks for specific dental procedures. Moreover, it is a quick way to access more than 250 of the brightest minds in dentistry. Experts including Dr. Sergio Kuttler, Dr. Natanya Padachey, and Dr. David Wong present the latest evidence-based scientific insights in dentistry. Key features of the new “learn” section of the website include one-stop access to online and in-person education and an enhanced search and navigation function which makes it easy to search and find live courses, on-demand content, case studies and webinars. A user-friendly site design completes the web experience.

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MEPs condemn criminalisation of sex education in Poland

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 novembre 2019

In a resolution put to the vote on Thursday, MEPs express their deep concern over a Polish draft law that could put teachers who provide sex education in prison. In the text adopted by 471 votes in favour, 128 against and 57 abstentions, MEPs criticise a draft law that seeks to make the provision of sex education to minors a crime in Poland. This initiative to amend a Polish law against paedophilia threatens teachers with up to three years in prison and increasing this penalty to five years has been proposed.The European Parliament condemns the shift in Poland towards misinforming young people, and stigmatising and banning sexuality in education. It calls on the Polish Parliament to refrain from adopting the bill, which follows recent attempts to limit sexual and reproductive rights in Poland, including the right to abortion.Protect young people from abuse through better education The resolution encourages all EU countries to provide comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education in schools. MEPs stress that lack of information and education about sex and sexuality puts the safety and wellbeing of young people at risk and makes them more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, abuse and violence, including online harassment.Teaching young people about gender equality, consent and mutual respect can help to prevent and combat gender stereotypes, homophobia, transphobia and gender-based violence, say MEPs. Recognising the important role of civil society in providing sex education, MEPs call for these organisations to be adequately funded at EU level, be it through the 2021 – 2027 Rights and Values programme or other EU pilot projects. They also call on the Council to address the Polish draft law in the Article 7 related hearings.

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Bright Horizons and GP Strategies Enter Exclusive Partnership for Education and Learning Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2019

Horizons (NYSE: BFAM) and GP Strategies (NYSE: GPX), today announced a unique partnership that responds to growing demand from the nation’s largest and most innovative employers for educational benefits, from employee upskilling to student loan repayment. Bright Horizons’ recent acquisition of GP Strategies’ Tuition Program Management services business makes Bright Horizons the exclusive provider of tuition program management for GP Strategies’ client base, allowing client employees access to personalized resources that help to streamline the outside education process and enhance the employee experience. These clients include some of the world’s most reputable and leading employers, such as United Technologies and AMD. Additionally, GP Strategies and Bright Horizons have partnered to extend referrals to each other’s clients to enhance client access to service offerings provided by both Bright Horizons and GP Strategies.A pioneer in the field of workplace learning and recipient of Chief Learning Officer’s Gold “Provider” award, Bright Horizons is the nation’s largest provider of education benefits, now overseeing approximately $1 Billion in annual tuition reimbursements for hundreds of large employers including T-Mobile, Home Depot, PepsiCo, and State Farm. In total, Bright Horizons serves over 1,100 employer clients worldwide, delivering onsite child care, back-up care, and education advisory services. Bright Horizons’ secure technology platform with a network of more than 250 accredited institutions and expert advisors enables leading employers to tailor education programs to the needs of the entire workforce, from senior executives to frontline workers. Programs are designed to make learning financially viable for employees looking to advance their skills while improving critical business metrics like retention, engagement and promotion.

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E*TRADE to Host Education Day in Santa Clara

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 marzo 2019

E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ETFC) announced it will host an Education Day at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, California, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers several complimentary sessions for investors and traders interested in learning from financial professionals.Investors and traders can tailor their own experience from a selection of 19 specialized sessions. Financial Consultants from local E*TRADE branches and members of the E*TRADE Trader Service Team will be on-site all day to answer questions about investing, retirement planning, and derivatives trading.
E*TRADE welcomes anyone to join, whether or not they are an E*TRADE customer.
Sessions run concurrently across three tracks, along with an additional lunch-and-learn session dedicated to market volatility. Sessions range from investing basics to advanced options strategies.
E*TRADE Financial and its subsidiaries provide financial services including brokerage and banking products and services to retail customers. Securities products and services are offered by E*TRADE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC). Commodity futures and options on futures products and services are offered by E*TRADE Futures LLC (Member NFA). Managed Account Solutions are offered through E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Bank products and services are offered by E*TRADE Bank, and RIA custody solutions are offered by E*TRADE Savings Bank, both of which are national federal savings banks (Members FDIC). More information is available at http://www.etrade.com.

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LessonApp: Resolving the Learning Crisis with the Help of Education Technology

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 febbraio 2019

Global education is in crisis. Majority of children do go to school, but the learning results are poor. Teachers in many countries are lacking quality teacher training.
“The reality struck us when we were travelling in emerging countries to train teachers. Many of the teachers we met were doing their best, but they didn’t have the resources or skills to develop their teaching competence,” Ellimaija Ahonen, Co-Founder and CEO of LessonApp says.“During this era of unlimited flow of information and efficient communication technology, how is it possible, that we cannot offer basic pedagogical knowledge and tools for every teacher around the world?” Johanna Järvinen-Taubert, teacher trainer and Co-Founder of LessonApp questions. “Coming from Finland, a land of excellent learning results and a strong ethos of equality, this seemed fundamentally unfair to us.”To tackle this challenge, a mobile lesson planning tool for teachers called LessonApp was developed.
Team LessonApp aims to equip teachers with the understanding of the learning process and, with the tools provided by the app, to help teachers plan efficient and inspiring lessons themselves. The ultimate purpose is to offer quality education for all and increase the joy of learning in classrooms – for both students and teachers.“We guarantee that everyone gets the basic version free of charge – with no time limitations. That is our contribution to solving the education crisis and sharing the good that we have. It is time to make a big impact with digitalization,” says CEO Ahonen.LessonApp Premium was launched on Saturday 16th February 2019 in Malta. “This pioneer collaboration with Ministry for Education of Malta provides every primary teacher an access to LessonApp Premium. We are excited and looking forward to hearing the results and feedback,” Johanna Järvinen-Taubert summarizes.

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LessonApp: Resolving the Learning Crisis with the Help of Education Technology

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 febbraio 2019

Global education is in crisis. Majority of children do go to school, but the learning results are poor. Teachers in many countries are lacking quality teacher training.
“The reality struck us when we were travelling in emerging countries to train teachers. Many of the teachers we met were doing their best, but they didn’t have the resources or skills to develop their teaching competence,” Ellimaija Ahonen, Co-Founder and CEO of LessonApp says.“During this era of unlimited flow of information and efficient communication technology, how is it possible, that we cannot offer basic pedagogical knowledge and tools for every teacher around the world?” Johanna Järvinen-Taubert, teacher trainer and Co-Founder of LessonApp questions. “Coming from Finland, a land of excellent learning results and a strong ethos of equality, this seemed fundamentally unfair to us.” To tackle this challenge, a mobile lesson planning tool for teachers called LessonApp was developed.Team LessonApp aims to equip teachers with the understanding of the learning process and, with the tools provided by the app, to help teachers plan efficient and inspiring lessons themselves. The ultimate purpose is to offer quality education for all and increase the joy of learning in classrooms – for both students and teachers.LessonApp Premium was launched on Saturday 16th February 2019 in Malta. “This pioneer collaboration with Ministry for Education of Malta provides every primary teacher an access to LessonApp Premium. We are excited and looking forward to hearing the results and feedback,” Johanna Järvinen-Taubert summarizes.

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Teacher Training Must Change to Keep Up with the Emerging Ecosystem of Education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 febbraio 2019

The world is in a constant state of evolution and change, and this is having a big impact on learning and professional development for teachers. According to Professor Larry V. Hedges, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018, teacher training must evolve as well. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, Hedges explains that in the past, teaching practice was determined “by initial training in universities and teacher training colleges, apprenticeship, and experience,” but moving forward, teaching professionals will need to function like the medical professionals do today. He notes “doctors have wide autonomy, but their practice is informed by a constantly advancing medical science.” He says that teachers must learn to function as professionals “who believe that research can improve practice and that sometimes large scale research is the only way to know what works.” Education research has become a critical part of ensuring nations have an educated workforce to meet economic progress. Hedges believes better research will dramatically improve education outcomes over the next half century similar to the advances made in healthcare in the 20th century. He predicts that in 50 years, we will live in a world where “every student will perform as well as the very best students do today.”
Professor Larry V. Hedges is the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018. He is the Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University. Hedges is one of the most influential applied statisticians in the world. His work in educational policy allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education.CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers. (Font: CMRubinWorld)

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Special program for K-12 education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 febbraio 2019

Sector 5, Inc. (OTC: SFIV), a fast-growing OEM provider of computers and computer equipment is pleased to announce a special program for K-12 education that focuses on public and Charter schools USAC Eligible Services enhancements utilizing the “Best in Class” Sector 5 Chromebook with bundled solutions. The Sector 5 E3 Chromebook leads the market with such advanced features as the powerful Intel N3450 quad-core Apollo Lake processor with HD graphics, an extended battery life of 12+ hours; and much more, such as a 10-point touch screen, a two-year factory warranty, and offered with needed accessories like charging carts and headphones.The E3 Chromebook is designed for the classroom and supported by Sector 5’s white glove expertise in supplying, provisioning, and supporting their Chromebook customers. Chromebooks fully support Google Cloud and G Suite, as well as Google Play, providing users with access to Android apps in addition to all the Google educational software and learning application software. Sector 5 adds significant value with Special Educational Pricing, and bundling options with Chrome Management Console, Go Guardian Software, Headphone accessories, Charging Carts, Extended Factory 2-year Replacement Warranty and Repair Options, and White glove services.Erick Kuvshinikov, President of Sector 5, stated, “E-Rate consultants, USAC advisors, educators, school system IT, and administrators should all be interested in visiting https://www.sector-five.com/usac-consultant-guidance/ for complete details on taking advantage of the benefits offered by this unique program.”

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Defying conventional education modes

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 gennaio 2019

Founders of Green School put the notion of sustainability as the centerpiece of their educational philosophy. Wall-less classrooms allow students to connect with nature directly while environment-friendly infrastructures enable students to discover the significance of sustainability on a daily basis. According to Chickering, the educational goal of Green School is to teach students to become “system thinkers” who aim to steer the world, “be they environmental, economical, societal or personal”, to a sustainable path — a key element to solving current global issues. In order to achieve this goal, educators from Green School focus on helping students understand the importance of reflecting on mistakes, asking the right questions rather than giving the right answers, and additionally offer students choices in their learning journey.
To make the “system thinkers” idea practical, teachers in Green School also educate students to become “world-ready”. According to Chickering, a teacher is “a mentor, a guide, a coach, and most importantly, a co-learner” who creates a structure in which students are able to explore their interests freely and “stretch themselves as a learner”.Glenn Chickering is one of the founding faculty members of Green School, a non-profit private school focusing on environmental stability and educating young green leaders in global citizenship.CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers. (By CMRubinWorld)

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QatarDebate Centre, member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2019

Development, concluded the European Arabic Debating Championship in Vienna, Austria. The championship, which took place from 3-5 January 2019, featured 20 universities representing 15 European countries.Dr. Hayat Abdullah Maarafi, Executive Director of QatarDebate Center, praised this milestone that marks an outstanding achievement for the center and ushers a successful new year. She reiterated QatarDebate Center’s keenness, through this championship, to promote the Arabic language among speakers and spread the culture of positive debate and dialogue as an effective skill.European Institute of Human Sciences Team, Winner of the European Debating Championship. The European Institute of Human Sciences (EIHS) from Germany team, namely Mounir Rabeh, Salima Ahwazi and Mounir Al Bayk, bagged the championship’s title in the inaugural edition of the European Arabic Debating Championship.
Yalova University team, from Turkey team which included Mansour Bikir, Mohamed Olgak and Khalid Akmen came in second position.The Center also honored the Championship’s Best Speakers, namely; Student Mounir Rabbah from European Institute of Human Sciences; Anis Francis from the Institut Europeen Des Sciences Humaines; Areej Mohamed Amin from University of Strasbourg; Students Yaseen Yildrem and Mustafa Esk from Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University.

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GBHEM Doubles the Dollar Amount United Methodist Students Can Borrow to Pursue Higher Education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced an increase in the maximum amount of money United Methodist students can borrow to pursue their education. Students can now borrow up to $10,000 per calendar year (January through December) with a lifetime maximum of $40,000 from the United Methodist Student Loan Fund. The 2019 Spring loan application opens December 13, 2018.Previously students were allotted $5,000 per calendar year with a maximum lifetime total of $20,000 during a four-year college career. With one of the lowest education loan interest rates in the U.S., GBHEM is offering students an opportunity to avoid more costly loans and decrease the amount of education debt acquired.“GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships has maintained our commitment to providing United Methodist students with affordable options while pursuing higher education. We will continue this commitment and are proud to provide low-interest loan options to help students avoid excessive education debt,” explained Allyson Collinsworth, executive director of the Office of Loans and Scholarships at GBHEM.Student loan debt is one of the highest forms of debt for individuals, totaling more than 1.45 trillion for students in the U.S. alone, loan interest rates are an important factor when considering how to pay for college. Year-over-year federal student loan interest rates are increasing. Federal loan interest rates increased from 4.45-7 percent to 5.05-7.60 percent between 2018 and 2019. GBHEM loan interest rates have remained the same and range from 3.75 percent to 5 percent, which is up to 1.3 percent lower than the federal rates.

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Physicians’ Education Resource® to Host Second Annual Precision Medicine Through Plasma

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 dicembre 2018

Physicians’ Education Resource® (PER®), the nation’s leading resource for oncology and hematology continuing medical education (CME), will host its second annual Precision Medicine Through Plasma: Using Liquid Biopsies in Contemporary Oncology Care workshop on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Convene in New York City. The workshop will be chaired by Benjamin P. Levy, M.D., thoracic medical oncologist and the clinical director of medical oncology, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.“The introduction of liquid biopsies and plasma genotyping has drastically altered the diagnostic algorithm for patients with multiple solid tumor malignancies. These platforms not only have the ability to accurately identify the genetic underpinnings of a tumor but may also have utility to assess response to therapy in real time as well as detect minimal residual disease (MRD) in patients who have undergone curative intent therapy. This meeting is unique in brining together disease-specific experts who will each highlight the role and promise of liquid biopsies within their discipline,” Levy said.
“It is very important for medical professionals to not only be aware of the various actionable mutations, but also the methods to identify these mutations,” said Phil Talamo, president of PER.® “We look forward to offering this live CME workshop for the second year where attendees will get the chance to gather, interact and learn more about providing better patient care at each point along the disease continuum.” This half-day live interactive educational CME/CE workshop will address the rapidly evolving science and associated therapeutic developments resulting from the emergence of novel testing strategies such as liquid biopsies. Attendees will have the opportunity to increase their confidence and competence in selecting emerging novel testing strategies, such as liquid biopsies and plasma testing, as you strive to provide the best care for your patients. Ample question-and-answer time will also be provided for attendees to interact directly with the expert faculty.

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BBC Learning and Accelerate Learning Announce a Strategic Partnership to Bring World-Class Content to STEM Education

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 novembre 2018

Accelerate Learning, a global leader in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, today announced a partnership with BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios.The new partnership will result in the creation of the STEMscopes-BBC STEMedia Streaming Package, consisting of thousands of BBC videos, articles, photos, news and virtual reality segments that will be aligned to the award winning STEMscopes™ PreK-12 digital STEM curriculum. It will be available as an add-on to the STEMscopes program and available to K-12 schools and districts in Spring 2019. In addition, new instructional videos will be added to the existing digital STEM curriculum using BBC footage throughout 2020.
The BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit has produced unparalleled global landmark programs such as Blue Planet I & II, Planet Earth I & II, Frozen Planet and Hidden Kingdoms. It remains committed to huge creative ambition, discovering ever more about our natural world, with production values, skills and specialist knowledge that are second to none.
Coupled with the BBC’s powerful story-telling and stunning video capabilities, the new instructional video content from Accelerate Learning, is primed to inspire and excite students in the classroom. Both products will be developed to instill a sense of wonder, curiosity, and discovery in students while teaching the foundations of scientific literacy and understanding. Students will be able to experience a world of wonders and current science events directly in the classroom. Incubated at Rice University and developed by Accelerate Learning, STEMscopes PreK-12 is built from the ground up to address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and today’s state standards. It combines an award-winning digital curriculum, supplemental print materials, and ready-made exploration kits with a 24/7 professional development portal to support and propel student and teacher success. STEMscopes can be implemented in traditional, blended, and 1:1 classrooms as a core or supplementary science curriculum. Independent studies show that schools who use STEMscopes in the classroom have experienced double digital increases in student passing rates on science assessments.

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High-Quality Elementary Science Education in New Position Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 novembre 2018

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest association of science educators, has issued a position statement underscoring the importance of a high-quality science education for our nation’s 30 million elementary students. The statement—focusing on students in kindergarten through 5th and 6th grade—establishes four key principles to guide effective science learning, including the need for schools to give science learning equal priority as other core subjects and strive for at least 60 minutes of science instruction a day that includes science investigations.“Research shows that schools devote significantly less time on science learning than other subjects such as math and reading/language arts,” said NSTA President Christine Royce. “This is unacceptable. With the growing recognition that STEM education is critical to our children’s success in the workplace and as citizens, we can no longer afford to neglect science education, especially at the elementary level.” Other key principles in the statement focus on the importance of an educational environment that supports creative and in-depth student learning; the capacity of elementary students to engage in scientific and engineering practices when given multiple and varied learning experiences; and the need to engage elementary students within the broader community of science.The statement also calls on science education stakeholders—science educators, administrators, curriculum specialists, policymakers, and families—to support high-quality elementary science. In particular, it recommends that educators engage students in three-dimensional instruction as recommended by the Framework for K–12 Science Education; administrators ensure teachers have adequate time to engage students every day in high-quality science instruction; and that pre-service science teachers receive specific coursework that supports three-dimensional instruction in the areas of physical science, life science, and Earth and space science, as well as engineering.One of NSTA’s strategic goals is to improve the quality and prominence of elementary science Education and is focused on providing resources and professional learning opportunities for K–6 educators in science content and pedagogical strategies.The statement was developed by a team of science educators and experts and adopted by the NSTA Board of Directors.

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Otter.ai Announces Otter for Education at Educause

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 novembre 2018

At Educause 2018, AISense, Inc., which does business as Otter.ai, announced its intention to launch Otter for Education, a version of Otter Voice Notes designed to meet the needs of universities and other higher level education institutions, in December 2018. Otter.ai also announced that Tulane University, Western Kentucky University and UCLA have signed agreements to use Otter Voice Notes, as an accessibility aid by students that have a note-taking accommodation. These pilot customers are informing the account management and end-user features of Otter for Education. Since its launch earlier this year, thousands of individual students have become users of Otter Voice Notes. A substantial number have signed up for our premium plan availing of education user discounted pricing of $4.99 per month. The variety of use cases include lecture note-taking; transcription of research interviews; capturing notes from group study sessions; and processing of public audio data for research purposes.
Disability services departments at several leading universities have begun to promote the application as an alternative accessibility tool for students. Otter is viewed as being more full featured, usable and economical compared with competing technologies that were designed specifically as an assistive technology for note-taking. Otter goes beyond assisting and is an empowering technology for users who can activate it in any environment using the mobile app or browser. Given the interest from educational institutions, Otter.ai initiated a pilot program to enable trial of Otter Voice Notes for use by students requiring note taking assistance. Participants also agreed to deliver feedback regarding how to optimize our forthcoming enterprise release for Education. UCLA, Tulane, and Western Kentucky University, are among several universities that have signed up to be part of the Otter for Education pilot program. Participating students may rely on peer note-taking assistance and may currently use other assistive technologies.
The feedback from use of Otter as an accessibility tool has been very positive and resulted in interest from others on campus. At one institution, the athletics department wants to use Otter to take and share notes for members of the basketball team while they are traveling. At another the student welfare department is considering other uses for the technology for note taking during interviews.Reticence on the part of educators regarding the use of recording in the classroom is allayed as they may be given control over who can access transcripts live that they record via their own instance of Otter and choose to share. Others view it as a method to ensure participation for all students in the classroom and are actively embracing the technology. College lectures at many leading institutions are now recorded and published online. Manual transcription is expensive and takes time. Otter enables real-time transcription and is considerably less costly. Administrators with responsibility for disability services, accessibility technology, or IT in education can learn more about Otter for Education and potential to participate in our pilot program on the web at otter.ai/edu. Those that are attending Educause in Denver may connect with the company at Booth S19.

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Qualifying education (QE) courses

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 ottobre 2018

McKissock Learning, the leading national provider of online education for real estate appraisers, today announced the company now offers all online, state-approved qualifying education (QE) courses for aspiring appraisers and appraisers interested in upgrading their license to complete their New York education requirements.“If a real estate appraiser or someone looking to become an appraiser in New York wanted to take a QE course before, courses were only available in a live classroom setting,” said Ashleigh Wallach, Senior Director of Appraisal Education at McKissock Learning. “We are excited to provide appraisers in New York the ability to access and complete state-approved QE courses online.”McKissock Learning’s courses offer flexibility and convenience for students and appraisers to learn at their own pace, with topics ranging from basic appraisal principles and procedures to site valuation and cost approach, residential market analysis, and more. Courses include 24/7 online access and educational specialists who are available seven days a week. New York appraisers can also participate in live Q&A, a course enhancement that allows students to join live sessions with certified instructors to get their questions answered just like a live classroom.“If you’re an appraiser in New York, obtaining an upgrade in your license can help diversify your business and uncover appraisal niches,” said Wallach. “An upgrade from a trainee to a licensed or certified appraiser can give appraisers a much-needed advantage in the local market in addition to offering greater control over fees and more stability in their work. QE courses are typically much longer than continuing education (CE) courses, so the ability to offer courses online rather than only in the classroom allows students the convenience and flexibility to choose when and where they learn.”

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Boxlight Announces Acquisition of EOS Education

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 settembre 2018

Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL), a leading provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, today announced it has completed the acquisition of EOSEDU, LLC (“EOS Education”), a consulting and professional development company for the K-12 education market. Boxlight acquired EOS Education for 100,000 shares of Boxlight common stock.“This addition is part of our continued effort to provide the most comprehensive solution suite in the education technology marketplace,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “For technology integrations to be successful, teachers need proper training, ongoing professional development and support. By adding the EOS Education team we can immediately fill that need and provide a more robust portfolio of end-to-end services which complement our hardware and software solutions, giving educators the training they need to fully leverage the technology’s full range of possibilities.” With the acquisition, it’s expected that Boxlight’s professional services division will produce as much as 10 percent of its total revenues with gross profit margins greater than 50 percent. It also brings significant management talent to Boxlight by adding Daniel Leis and Dr. Aleksandra Leis. Together, with decades of experience managing high-growth professional services businesses in emerging markets and sectors, they will bring an incredible synergy to Boxlight. Daniel will fill the role of Vice President of Global Services for Boxlight while Aleksandra will continue in her role as the CEO of EOS Education, which will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Boxlight.“Boxlight and EOS share a common vision of providing the right mix of tools and services to meet the evolving needs of educators and their students. We are excited to build upon the deep relationships Boxlight has with its clients and partners to ultimately deliver long-term value that benefits teachers and students,” said Daniel Leis.Dr. Aleksandra Leis added, “For years, EOS’ professional development programs have helped improve the effectiveness of teachers and increase engagement of students. Joining Boxlight gives us a pathway to dramatically increase our reach globally and the human and capital resources to continue our mission of supporting teachers as they leverage technology to improve student outcomes.”

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Higher Education IT Pulse Study from TeamDynamix Reports Campuses Focused on Engagement and Student Experience

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 maggio 2018

The 2018 TDX Higher Ed Market Study from TeamDynamix has been released and the results indicate college and university information technology departments will focus more on creating a unified student experience. Typically, a “unified student experience” results in initiatives to improve student portals, make it easier to share information, and improve efficiency in IT departmental responses to service requests from all campus departments from Facilities to Residential Life. Click to Tweet.The 2018 TDX Higher Ed Market Study surveyed 104 IT leaders from college campuses ranging in size from 5,000 to 50,000 students. Key findings include:
45 percent of study participants have an initiative to roll out one service platform across IT, Facilities, Residential Life, Human Resources, and other departments.
Managing projects and specific work requests will no longer occur in isolation as 50 percent of the participants report bringing project portfolio management and service management together on one platform.
In evaluating effectiveness of student portals, participants gave student portals 2.77 stars out of 5 and identified that areas of improvement include creating better workflow and automation behind the portal as well as using one portal across campus.
Read more from higher education CIOs who discuss their perspective on the one-campus, one-portal approach at Palm Beach State College (commentary) and the student-centered approach to IT at Bridgewater State University (commentary).A recent New York Times article reported that “a little less than half of the nation’s students graduate in four years; given two more years to get the job done, the percentage rises to only about 60 percent.” Retention is a major focus of conversations about creating student engagement, which can help improve graduation rates. A student who has ongoing IT issues or, for example, must inquire multiple times about financial aid is essentially sending up red flags that the IT system is not meeting their needs. These red flags can be valuable data points for the campus IT department, however, are just one component of evaluating engagement.

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