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Hurdles Facing K12 School Innovation

hurdles facing k12 school innovation

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What are the main hurdles facing tech innovation in schools? What constraints can be expected to slow down your best-made sales plans for reaching the K12 market? The COSN 2020 edition of the K12 Driving Innovation: Hurdles report, after multiple rounds of Delphi-like voting by more than 102 members of their International Advisory Board of distinguished educational technology experts, has a lot to say about the most worrisome handicaps facing ed-tech decision makers and the companies trying to sell into this market.

In this first in my series of three articles, we will focus on five hurdles that greatly impair the adoption and diffusion of technology in schools. According to the report, these hurdles are more than pesky hindrances. These hurdles are “significant obstacles that make participants slow down, evaluate, practice and then make the leap to better support teaching and learning”.
Although the Driving Innovation: Hurdles 2020 report largely speaks for itself, in this piece I will offer a bit of translation and connection. With full disclosure, I must mention that I served as one of the 102 world-wide panelists who developed this report over many months. Serving as a panelist for the report for the last seven years (Driving K–12 Innovation is …

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Digital Education Provider Joins July’s Growing IPO Pipeline – Law360

digital education provider joins july’s growing ipo pipeline – law360

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Law360 (July 6, 2020, 6:09 PM EDT) — Brazilian digital education provider Vasta Platform Ltd. filed an initial public offering on Monday preliminarily set to raise $100 million, joining a bevy of companies that filed for IPOs before the holiday weekend and are filling the July pipeline.Vasta, advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, did not say how many shares it plans to sell or at what price range, figures that are normally disclosed as the IPO process moves forward. The $100 million figure is often a placeholder in IPO filings until clear terms are set.São Paulo-based Vasta provides digital technology tools to private K-12 schools in…

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The Center for Higher Education Leadership Partners With L-EAF, a Platform For Transforming Learning

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ROCK HILL, S.C., July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As educational institutions face an onslaught of challenges due to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Higher Education Leadership (CHEL) has become the first partner of L-EAF, an agile framework designed to navigate the challenges of today’s education sector and IQ4Agile, a training, consulting, and coaching company specializing in scaled agile transformations in the educational sector.  CHEL was founded by Dr. Terri E. Givens, a political scientist and former provost, who has over 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs and nonprofits. CHEL’s offerings include an online platform for faculty development that provides relevant courses and a supportive community for improving management and leadership skills in an environment of changing demographics, financial challenges, and advances in educational technology.”An agile education philosophy can help institutions adjust more quickly to our rapidly changing environment in higher education,” said Dr. Givens. “Putting this kind of approach in place across an institution can help leaders and faculty ensure that their processes and curriculum are meeting student needs. Most importantly, it helps institutions be more student-centered.”Jeff Burstein, president and founder of L-EAF, a framework by Advanced Enterprise Agility, Inc., said ” …

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Cuesta College Fall 2020 Semester Updates • Atascadero News

cuesta college fall 2020 semester updates • atascadero news

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — To maintain the Cuesta College campus community’s health and safety due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, classes for the Fall 2020 semester are offered as follows:All lecture classes will be fully onlineMost lab, activity, and performance courses will be onlineDifficult-to-convert labs, activities, and performance courses will include in-person instruction on campus with strict hygiene protocols and safety modificationsCuesta College athletics will be determined after the July 17 announcement by CCCAA and the Western State ConferenceEvents and performing arts will be available via virtual platformCommunity Programs classes will be available onlineThe fall semester begins Aug. 17, and general registration is available at bit.ly/cuestaregistration. A full list of classes is on the class finder. However, updates to the schedule will continue to be made through July 17. Lecture classes previously scheduled to be on campus are now entirely online. Students enrolled in a lab, activity, or performance class may still have a campus component and should continue to review the most up-to-date status of such courses on the class finder.No action is required for students already registered for classes. Students who wish to make changes to their class schedule, including adding classes, are advised to wait …

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New administrators named to posts in Florence 1 Schools

new administrators named to posts in florence 1 schools

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Three new administrators have been appointed for Florence One Schools in 2020-21.LaTonya Yates-Ford will be the new principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School. Amy Williams will be assistant principal at McLaurin Elementary and Marci Gatewood will be assistant principal at Royall Elementary.LaTonya Yates-Ford most recently served as the assistant principal of Creek Bridge STEM Academy in Marion County. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Francis Marion University. She also holds two master’s degrees from Coastal Carolina University, one in teaching and learning-instructional technology and the other in educational leadership.

Yates-Ford has also served as a classroom teacher, instructional technology coach and basketball coach. She was the Marion County School District Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.“As an educator, I have facilitated and organized trainings for teachers to support the integration of technology and student achievement,” Yates-Ford said. “It is my belief that every child can achieve success with the proper motivation and support.”Amy Williams has been with Florence One for 25 years. She most recently served as the curriculum/technology coach at McLaurin. Williams taught in both special education and Montessori programs before moving into the coach …

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AI in education – what the future holds

ai in education – what the future holds

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AI in education – what the future holds









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Grant will bring online science lessons to elementary students

grant will bring online science lessons to elementary students

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UO researchers will develop and evaluate a web-based science curriculum for elementary school students to supplement their in-class science learning as part of a project financed by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.Project ESCOLAR, for Effective Scholastic Curriculum for Online Learning and Academic Results, will create and test online, multimedia lessons for grades three through five. The lessons will align with national standards for what upper elementary students are expected to know about science.“The goal of ESCOLAR is to deliver an online program that students can use to learn and apply science efficiently and effectively,” said Fatima Terrazas Arellanes, a research assistant professor in the UO College of Education. “Our units will be designed for the classroom and for remote learning, with students guided by teachers or parents.”Project ESCOLAR is guided by principal investigators Terrazas Arellanes and Alejandro Gallard of Southern Georgia University. Their team includes a research methodologist, science curriculum developers, a content editor, programmers, graphic designers and an external evaluator.The project builds on the research team’s previously successful online science curriculum for middle school students. The ESCOLAR approach offers students more than a digital textbook; it incorporates interactive tools …

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5 reasons why online learning is a crucial part of education

5 reasons why online learning is a crucial part of education

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Katherine Myers, Content and Off Page SEO at Add People, highlights 5 reasons as to why online learning has become a crucial part of education
Education technology refers to a range of technology, programmes and software that are used to facilitate learning. Usually taking the form of websites, apps, educational games and online courses, these resources have some unique benefits that make them highly effective when combined with traditional teaching methods. For this reason, technology is being used more often by both teachers and students for lesson planning, self-study, homework and revision. Ed-tech isn’t a replacement for classroom learning, however, when combined with traditional teaching methods, it can provide a wealth of extra learning opportunities, making the lives of both teachers and students easier.
Why do we need education technology?
It makes education more accessible
In the past, getting extra help with your studies outside of school, whether through textbooks or private tutors would be very expensive, which could place limitations on students struggling in school. Today, a huge number of educational resources are available to anyone with an internet connection whether that’s through a computer, smartphone or iPad. With higher education being so expensive today, it’ …

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i-Ready Awarded Research-Based Design Product Certification

i-ready awarded research-based design product certification

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WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — i-Ready Personalized Instruction (i-Ready) for Reading and Mathematics has earned the Research-Based Design Product Certification from Digital Promise. The new product certification is intended to serve as a rigorous, reliable signal for consumers, including school administrators, educators, and families, who are looking for evidence of research-based educational technology (edtech) products.Curriculum Associates submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and the design of i-Ready for Reading and Mathematics.”i-Ready, like all of our programs, is grounded in extensive and timely educational research,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “This third-party review and certification by Digital Promise further underscores our commitment to high-quality research, including foundational research, to continuously improve the overall power of i-Ready in helping to support success for all students.””Schools and families want to know which edtech products can actually help students learn,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise. “Digital Promise’s Product Certifications are designed to help strengthen consumers’ confidence in choosing research-based products, while recognizing product developers doing the important work of incorporating valid research into their designs.”After nearly a decade of edtech marketplace research, Digital Promise recognized that while …

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