Advertisement

How creative use of technology may have helped save schooling during the pandemic

how creative use of technology may have helped save schooling during the pandemic

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

It is estimated around half the world’s students’ schools remain shut down. All told, this has been a potentially damaging disruption to the education of a generation.

But one of the few positive outcomes from this experience is an opportunity to rethink how digital technologies can be used to support teaching and learning in schools.

Our collective experiences of remote schooling offer a fleeting opportunity for schools to think more imaginatively about what “digital education” might look like in the future.

This is not to echo the hype (currently being pushed by many education reformers and IT industry actors) that COVID will prove a tipping-point after which schools will be pushed fully into digital education.

On the contrary, the past six months of hastily implemented emergency remote schooling tell us little about how school systems might go fully virtual, or operate on a “blended” (part online, part face-to-face) basis. Any expectations of profiting from the complete digital reform of education is well wide of the mark.

Instead, the most compelling technology-related lessons to take from the pandemic involve the informal, improvised, scrappy digital practices that have helped teachers, students and parents get through school at home.

Technology during the …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE

Progress continues on new Peters Township High School

progress continues on new peters township high school

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:


With about two months to go before the start of the move into the new Peters Township High School, Roshelle Fennell provided school board members and district administrators with a sense of optimism.“Everyone is committed to trying to get this project across the finish line,” she said during the board’s meeting Monday. “Despite some of the equipment that hasn’t shown up or stuff not working out the way it’s supposed to, we continually meet with the contractors and revamp our approach.”As project manager for Reynolds Construction, the firm that serves as construction manager for the new school, Fennell has provided comprehensive monthly updates to the board. The latest report indicated that as the project starts to wrap up, district staff members have begun to take over some of the preparatory work.

Adam Swinchock, director of educational technology, is leading the effort to integrate the district’s information network in the new building, along with installing TV monitors in classrooms. Other work includes cosmetic finishing touches, such as waxing and polishing the terrazzo flooring.Various contractors continue to do their part, as well, including those in the process of making final electrical and plumbing connections to …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “Progress continues on new Peters Township High School”

It’s ‘open to the entire community’s voice’: Middletown schools launch feedback portal

it’s ‘open to the entire community’s voice’: middletown schools launch feedback portal

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

Middletown Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner
Middletown Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner

Photo: Cassandra Day / Hearst Connecticut Media

Photo: Cassandra Day / Hearst Connecticut Media

Image
1
of
/
1

Caption
Close

Image
1
of
1

Middletown Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner
Middletown Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner

Photo: Cassandra Day / Hearst Connecticut Media

It’s ‘open to the entire community’s voice’: Middletown schools launch feedback portal

Back to Gallery

MIDDLETOWN — The school district has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to draw ideas from the community, according to school officials.

It is “designed to solicit and embrace community feedback as a cornerstone of the school district’s new three-year strategy plan,” according to the district.

The district partnered with InnovateK12, an educational technology and crowd-sourcing firm to create the tool to allow families, students and community members to make real-time comments, ideas and input about Middletown schools, a release from Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner said.

“We are open to the entire community’s voice,” said District Chief of Talent and Performance Management Geen Thazhampallath. “The more community members involved in this initiative…the better.”

The Middletown2024 digital feedback portal formally opened Oct. 20 and is available until Nov. 20, 2020. Parents, families, students and district staff will be …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “It’s ‘open to the entire community’s voice’: Middletown schools launch feedback portal”

Pandemic amplified students’ growing reliance on technology, says Educause | EdScoop

pandemic amplified students’ growing reliance on technology, says educause | edscoop

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

Survey data published by Educause this week shows that even before the pandemic arrived, students relied heavily on technology and IT services, but as the majority of colleges and universities have now moved classes online, students’ technology needs have increased dramatically.
Educause’s 2020 Student Technology Report, which collected responses from more than 16,000 undergraduate students across 71 U.S. institutions before the pandemic and during its early stages, shows that technology issues like internet access, data protection and online accessibility were at the top of students’ minds even before the pandemic changed the way education is delivered.
Christopher Brooks, director of research for Educause, told EdScoop that “students’ technology experiences and needs prior to COVID-19 have only been exacerbated as the pandemic has intensified the central importance of technology in higher education.”
According to the report, 96% of students said that access to Wi-Fi was the most important technology for studying. And now, with the majority of undergraduate classes in the U.S. being held online this year, the importance of Wi-Fi access has become a huge point of discussion among students and educators, with more than 7 million families living without home internet access, according to the educational technology advocacy group Funds For …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “Pandemic amplified students’ growing reliance on technology, says Educause | EdScoop”

University of Saint Joseph’s ‘Vision & Values Campaign’ Surpasses Goal – We-Ha | West Hartford News

university of saint joseph’s ‘vision & values campaign’ surpasses goal – we-ha | west hartford news

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

The comprehensive campaign raises $43.7 million, the largest in the history of West Hartford-based USJ.SubmittedThe University of Saint Joseph officially announced on Oct. 21 that its “Vision & Values Campaign” raised $43.7 million – 115% of its $38 million goal.“Our vision is clear, and our values are steadfast,” stated President Rhona Free. “Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our donors, we have strengthened our ability to provide a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for our students.”Through the Vision & Values Campaign, scholarship funds have increased, ensuring that more students will have access to the full USJ experience. Campus expansions and renovations have included modernization of the Student Center, state-of-the-art facilities for the Physician Assistant Studies Program, an artificial turf field, the Elizabeth Ferry Speer Tennis Complex, and ongoing expansion of the athletic center to include the Beekley Center for Student Health and Wellness. These changes create a more vibrant campus culture and provide valuable learning experiences.The Campaign has also allowed for the investment of $9.8 million to support faculty, including the Teaching and Learning Center – which helps faculty explore new learning options – as well as professional development, research grants, and educational technology. An additional $5.7 million in new bequests will build the University’s endowment …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “University of Saint Joseph’s ‘Vision & Values Campaign’ Surpasses Goal – We-Ha | West Hartford News”

We need more innovation to close the gap between physical and virtual learning

we need more innovation to close the gap between physical and virtual learning

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

The use of Zoom and products like it has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic began as we look to remain in digital proximity of one another while we are forced to stay socially distant. For some industries such as professional services and healthcare, the use of video is a slam dunk. for others such as restaurants and retail, video doesn’t work. 
One of the more controversial segments is education, particularly K-12, where there is great debate as to whether kids can be educated effectively over Zoom. At its recent Zoomtopia digital conference, Zoom dedicated much of the show to a handful of industries — education one of them.
I’ve talked to dozens of parents and teachers who have tried to educate over Zoom and have reached epic levels of frustration. One of the Massachusetts-based teachers I interviewed, Jillian Santucci a sixth-grade teacher with the Leominster School District, recently took a leave of absence because the process of teaching virtually was so onerous.
“One aspect that has proved most difficult is collaboration with peers in small groups,” Santucci told me. “This is an essential part of learning in any classroom. Although I implement ‘small groups’ through breakout rooms, it’s …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “We need more innovation to close the gap between physical and virtual learning”

Ranking 100 best moments in DUSD history

ranking 100 best moments in dusd history

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

By Dysart Unified School District

The Dysart Unified School District is celebrating 100 years of educating the community in the 2020-2021 school year.
First established in 1920 as a one-room schoolhouse by Nathaniel Martin Dysart, the district has seen numerous achievements over the last 100 years.
Although it is certainly not an exhaustive list, we narrowed down our top 100 Dysart Achievements in honor of our centennial.
Do you know of something that didn’t make the list, but want to make sure we have it recorded for history? Let us know.
1
Ninth-largest school district in Arizona.
2
Largest employer in Surprise and El Mirage.
3
100% online start to school (2020).
4
93% graduation rate (79% state average) (2019).
5
Seventeen schools with an “A” or “B” rating by Arizona (2020).
6
Nine “A+ Schools of Excellence” from AEF over the past 10 years.
7
ASBO Certificate of Excellence in financial reporting 25 years in a row (2019).
8
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for 13 years in a row (2019).
9
1,674 high school students received dual credit (2020).
10
0.76% dropout rate (3.3% state average) (2020).
11
Forty-seven students earned AZ State Seal of Arts Proficiency in its inaugural year (2020).
12
Best Company to Work for in Surprise, AZ and #10 in the state by Zippia.com (2020).
13
AP Honor …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “Ranking 100 best moments in DUSD history”

RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards Names MiCloud Flex ‘Business Phone System of the Year’ for 2020

remotetech breakthrough awards names micloud flex ‘business phone system of the year’ for 2020

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:




DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 23, 2020–Mitel®, a global leader in business communications, today announced that its MiCloud Flex private cloud solution has been named “Business Phone System of the Year” as part of the 2020 RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards conducted by RemoteTech Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization that evaluates and recognizes standout technology companies, products and services empowering remote work and distributed teams around the globe.With the dramatic change in remote working and business continuity requirements, organizations worldwide have accelerated their digital transformation plans and increased the demand for cloud communications. To help meet these needs and provide greater choice in the path to the cloud for both customers and channel partners, Mitel expanded its portfolio to include MiCloud Flex as a wholesale offering.
Purpose-built to drive mid-market and enterprise productivity, MiCloud Flex provides customers with higher levels of performance and customization to support today’s hybrid and work-from-anywhere models and gives channel partners an opportunity to create new, recurring revenue streams as they gain more options for moving their customer base to the cloud. With the elimination of the added costs and complexities of managing a data center environment, partners can also focus their efforts on delivering value-added support …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards Names MiCloud Flex ‘Business Phone System of the Year’ for 2020”

Inspiring Confidence In Education With VR – Part Two

inspiring confidence in education with vr – part two

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2018: Students use virtual reality headsets and laptop … [+] computers at Pyongyang Teachers Training College; the college trains primary school and kindergarten teachers. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander DemianchukTASS via Getty Images)

Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

Virtual Reality (VR) has shown its incredibly immersive potential in arts and entertainment, but can it be an equally powerful, and cost-effective, educational tool? In part one of this article we heard from Scott Likens, emerging technology leader at PwC, discussing a recent report by the analyst that found VR can be faster, more effective, and more engaging than classroom learning or digital training exercises, at least when used to teach ‘soft’ human skills such as diversity and inclusion.
To dive deep into the educational capabilities of this technology, I talked to Dr. Anna Carolina Muller Queiroz, researcher at Stanford University, to find out about her research into schools, and the effects that VR can have on childrens’ ability to learn and their confidence to gain new skills and self-belief.
Virtually proficient
Dr. Anna Queiroz is a post-doctoral researcher at the Lemann Center at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and also at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “Inspiring Confidence In Education With VR – Part Two”

Graduate student succeeds in virtual classroom with new technology – News – Illinois State

graduate student succeeds in virtual classroom with new technology – news – illinois state

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced professors to move classes online last spring, Heather O’Leary ’10 had a smoother transition than many educators.
O’Leary, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of English, had already been using Microsoft Teams with her students long before the pandemic. Now, she is one of the many success stories behind campus efforts to embrace online teaching and learning tools.
“I like having all the information available to students and letting students learn at their own pace,” said O’Leary. “I like that students can do their work in a way that makes sense to them.”
This semester, O’Leary is teaching the course Literary Narrative. She has based her curriculum on her study concentration, climate change fiction. The class is mostly asynchronous, but she hosts optional Zoom sessions twice a week for students who would like to ask questions and discuss their readings.
For the asynchronous portion of the course, O’Leary took a unique approach to give her students as much flexibility as possible.
“I have the course set up in a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style, which is an idea I got from another TA, Becca Olson,” said O’ …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE Continue reading “Graduate student succeeds in virtual classroom with new technology – News – Illinois State”