Hybrid remote learning models still needed post-pandemic

hybrid remote learning models still needed post-pandemic


As one of Australia’s leaders in remote learning and training teachers to use educational technology, Dr Sarah Prestridge is comfortable thinking ahead of the curve.
Dr Sarah Prestridge
When politicians were deciding on whether to shut down schools to limit the spread of COVID-19 in early March, she anticipated the once unthinkable, a mass shift of mainstream schools to remote learning.
“I thought to myself, teachers aren’t prepared for this. But they’re certainly very capable people and that’s when the rapid response videos emerged,’’ she said.
Within 24 hours, Dr Prestridge and Dr Denise Cox, a then PhD candidate from the School of Education and Professional Studies produced 16 short-form videos for teachers faced with the daunting challenge of teaching students through a computer screen and a webcam.
“The videos were developed to build teacher confidence and introduce them to key concepts in the research. We focused on turning teachers into learning engineers with the ability to use a range of digital tools to actively engage students.”
Within hours the teaching community took notice and a week later they had 15 more videos responding to specific questions and topics from teachers across Queensland.
Dr Prestridge said their approach to …



Partnership expands education opportunities for West Virginia surgical technology students

partnership expands education opportunities for west virginia surgical technology students


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education and Alderson Broaddus University signed a joint memorandum of understanding Tuesday that expands educational opportunities for students completing the surgical technology program.The new offering is provided through the department’s Advanced Career Education, or ACE, program, and AB’s Extended Learning Department.The memorandum of understanding provides an opportunity for ACE surgical technology graduates to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in surgical technology from Alderson Broaddus University.

The partnership emphasizes West Virginia’s commitment to growing a competitive and skilled workforce by creating opportunities for students to secure a successful career in the thriving healthcare industry.“Today’s signing illustrates the impact K-12 and higher education partnerships can have on generating education and workforce opportunities for West Virginia students,” said state Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “This collaboration with AB creates a seamless career pathway for the students in our ACE surgical technology programs while also addressing an area of critical need in the medical field.”

ACE surgical technology programs are currently offered at four career centers across the state: Ben Franklin Career Center and Carver Career and Technical Education Center in Kanawha County, James Rumsey Technical …


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U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide – MyChesCo

u.s. department of education releases parent and family digital learning guide – mychesco


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Education has released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience.

“As technology continues to iterate and benefit every part of our lives, all students need more opportunities to leverage the potential of technology in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “We hope families can use the information we [released] as many of them are relying on technology more so than ever before and are navigating learning from home.”
Digital learning can help families and educators meet the specific needs of individual students, understand a child’s progress, and connect families and students with resources in their school community and beyond. As an increasing number of school systems implement digital learning both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, this guide demystifies digital learning for parents and empowers them to be effective advocates for high-quality digital learning.
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Woot Math absorbed by Boston educational nonprofit

woot math absorbed by boston educational nonprofit


Education-technology and online tutoring startup Simbulus Inc., which does business as Woot Math, has been acquired by Boston-based nonprofit group Saga Education.“With the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, millions of students started this school year behind. To address COVID-19 learning loss, which disproportionately affects historically underserved students, schools and districts need to provide high-dosage, individualized tutoring,” Saga president Alan Safran said in a news release announcing the deal, terms of which have not been disclosed. “The bold and innovative technology coming out of Woot Math is a great addition to helping Saga accelerate our efforts to scale the program by making it more affordable, more accessible.”
Saga intends to make Woot Math’s suite of tools and tutoring technology more widely available and at a reduced cost to school districts and teachers, the release said.
Woot Math CEO Krista Marks will join Saga as the group’s new chief product officer.
“The platform was designed specifically for effective and engaging remote instruction of mathematics. Working with Saga gave us a terrific chance to see first hand how we are stronger together in our efforts to help young people succeed,” she said in a statement.
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Western PA schools share $1 million in COVID funds

western pa schools share $1 million in covid funds


Several Pittsburgh area schools will receive their share of over $1 million in funds to help with COVID-19 related needs.

The money can be used to buy cleaning products or safety equipment,  staff training and educational technology for remote learning among other things.

Senator Jay Costa said, “We’re dealing with the third wave of COVID-19 infections right now, and our school buildings are not immune. I know our local districts are prioritizing safety for students, faculty and staff and it was a priority for me to advocate for these funds which will help them in their safety efforts.

“In addition to the safety measures being implemented in our schools, I want to also encourage everyone to wear a mask when they are out in public and observe social distancing whenever possible. This virus is still very dangerous and we need to take mitigation seriously.”

Here’s how the money breaks down among school districts:

Penn Hills SD – $113,923Pittsburgh SD – $738,155Riverview SD – $30,239Steel Valley SD – $44,680West Mifflin Area SD – $71,850Wilkinsburg Borough SD – $31,504Woodland Hills SD – $122,057


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Cinematic Health Education Receives Investment from Strada Education Network to Boost Nursing Career Tracks

cinematic health education receives investment from strada education network to boost nursing career tracks


GREEN BROOK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 27, 2020–Cinematic Health Education, a national leader in preparing allied health professionals for rewarding healthcare careers, today announced that Strada Education Network has made a strategic minority investment in the company to support its work developing meaningful professional pathways for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and other similar roles.“Cinematic Health Education’s focus on educating frontline healthcare workers is well-aligned with Strada’s mission of improving pathways between education and employment,” said Jessica Hinkle, Strada’s senior vice president for strategic investments. “CNAs play a key role in the healthcare industry; we look forward to learning how individuals new to the role progress, so that we better understand the purposeful connections needed to build rewarding careers.”As part of the investment, Cinematic Health Education and Strada will conduct a first-of-its-kind study to track CNAs’ early career progression. This national longitudinal study will investigate how new CNAs progress in the workforce, looking at retention and career advancement. The study will tap into Cinematic Health Education’s growing pool of CNA candidates who will enter the workforce at residential healthcare facilities and other medical settings.Strada is the second major education investor to invest in …


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Sussex Tech honors Wilson as Educational Support Professional of the Year

sussex tech honors wilson as educational support professional of the year


The Sussex County Vocational Technical School District has named Philip J. Wilson, the district’s technology coordinator, as its Educational Support Professional of the Year. He will represent Sussex Tech as the state honoree is chosen.“As a key leader and technology expert, Phil Wilson helped steer us through challenging times over the last year in supporting our remote learning efforts,” said Acting Superintendent Kevin Carson. “We are proud to have him on our team.”Wilson joined the district more than 20 years ago as a computer applications instructor with Sussex Tech Adult Education Division. When he was hired as the technology coordinator, he recalled, that technology was just beginning to become integrated into education.“Our campus didn’t even have Internet,” Wilson said. “Today, I can feel the enthusiasm in the room as I help teachers understand how to best use the technology that the district has provided. It’s very rewarding to walk by classrooms as teachers are actively using our tools and seeing the impact on students.”
Wilson also launched a student-intern program that now hires five or six students each year from the school’s Cisco Networking technical area under the school’s Work-Based Learning initiative.“Our …


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Banner Health Celebrates 32 Ashford University Graduates

banner health celebrates 32 ashford university graduates


CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO), an education technology services company that works with higher education institutions and employers to deliver educational programming and benefits, has partnered with Banner Health, a non-profit health system in the United States, based in Phoenix that operates 29 hospitals and several specialized facilities across six states, to provide debt-free education to their employees.
“Since the partnership began, more than 100 Banner Health employees have completed their degree(s) through Ashford University, including 32 employees who graduated this fall,” said Vice President of Zovio Employer Services, Sam Fernandez. “By offering both Full Tuition Grants and Tuition Benefits, Banner Health is helping to transform the lives of their patients and their employees.”
“Over the years, the partnership between Banner Health and Ashford University has continued to evolve and demonstrate the power of collaboration. People have always been at the heart of our mission and work; now, they play an even more critical role in our future,” said Banner Health’s Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Pipeline, Jackie Hunter. “Not only are our people learning, but they’re taking their knowledge and transforming their well-being in addition to the way we provide hope and healing to our communities.”
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Education in the new reality – The Manila Times

education in the new reality – the manila times


One day, we will go back to our pre-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) lives, but it will take a while even after the discovery of a vaccine. As we try to bring back “normalcy” in our society, we sense that our way of living, working and learning will never be the same.
This forced schools to shift their courses to online learning and that has been very problematic. With this new reality, educators all over the world have an opportunity to re-think about how education is to be delivered to succeed.
Despite the technological advancements, educators still largely favor the traditional face-to-face approach. As technology becomes an integral part of our daily lives, it is hard to imagine that it will not have a dominant role in our education system. In emergent situations like the Covid-19 pandemic, educators must totally embrace educational technology and online learning.
What is online learning and what is not?
Online learning is described as an emerging approach where students access education anytime and anywhere using a range of technology tools either asynchronously or synchronously.
Many schools resort to emergency remote teaching by lecturing online via Zoom or MS Teams. This is essentially not online learning since students …


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Shelby County Schools Partners with Naviance by Hobsons to Improve Graduation Rates and Student Career Readiness

shelby county schools partners with naviance by hobsons to improve graduation rates and student career readiness


Naviance amplifies efforts to improve and prepare students for opportunities in education and careers.

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“It is necessary to develop partnerships that align with the District’s mission to prepare students for success in learning, leadership, and life,” said Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray. “The collaboration with Naviance and its devotion to boost student outcomes, amplifies our efforts to improve and prepare students for opportunities in post-secondary education and their careers.”

“Naviance by Hobsons is honored to support Shelby County Schools with its efforts to prepare students for academic and post-secondary success,” said Paul McConville, Senior Vice President of Sales and Account Management for Hobsons. “Together, we are committed to helping students stay on track in understanding and attaining college, career, and life success no matter the challenges.”
With the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, SCS quickly adapted to a virtual environment and deployed Naviance for the 2020-21 school year. Naviance allows all students to access their CCLR planning in a virtual environment, anytime, anywhere. Additionally, Naviance will help SCS meet the Tennessee Ready Graduate requirements and indicators. As the largest public-school district in Tennessee, SCS serves more than 30,200 8th – 12th graders who will now have access to Naviance, the …


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