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Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011

11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011
EdModo Builds First Whole Network of K-12 Users With a user base approaching five million students and teachers, EdModo has won the race in America's K-12 education system. The big question is now that the company has secured participants, ...

The higher education bubble is about to burst
Views under the Palm - johnmpoole.com - trends, opinions, issues: The higher education bubble is about to burst: "The idea of putting young people into thousands of dollars of debt just to get a higher education degree benefited the higher education complex . . ."

GCSE exam paper withdrawn after examiners 'tipped off' teachers
The Guardian
"Providing teachers and students with too much certainty over which elements of the curriculum will be tested, or which questions will be asked, only serves to narrow the curriculum, lower standards and promote teaching to the test." GCSE exam hall.

The Guardian

A National Education Standards Exit Strategy for States
Education reform should give control over education to those closest to students. Conservatives have the opportunity to reverse course and reject this latest centralizing overreach. It is time for states to reject the nationalization of standards, ...

BC teachers contract talks 'fundamentally flawed'
The association argued that the teachers' job action since September allows them to continue teaching and drawing their usual salary while still refusing to report cards and out-of-classroom duties. But the board refused again in Tuesday's ruling to ...


Double lives for gay teachers in Ireland
The boards of such schools are typically chaired by a parish priest and, although the state pays theteachers' salaries, the Church still has a say in enrolment and recruitment. Kilroy came out as a gay man in his late 20s after he left his teaching ...

Colo. gov wants to restore $89M for education
John Hickenlooper to propose restoring the $89 million K-12 education he previously said needed to be cut to balance next year's budget. He is also recommending that state colleges and universities take a smaller hit than he originally proposed -- $30 ...

Teaching STEM: The GE Comics series
Washington Post
General Electric faced the challenge of getting young people interested in the sciences back in 1953. Its solution? Comic books. In 1953, General Electric Co. was faced with the challenge of cultivating young talent. At the time, comic books were the ...

The Answer Sheet | Fixing education reform paralysis
Washington Post (blog)
Project based learning, for example, is certainly a better one. But for the most part we're having difficulty conceptualizing anything beyond that. Most teachers and administrators, dealing with the daily challenges of teaching, don't have the luxury ...

Back pay for state education workers will be negotiated next month
Chicago Tribune
Officials with the state education agency and its largest class of employees — principal consultants who help teachers with everything from curriculum to certification — will sit down in January to determine how to compensate state workers who may ...

Becker Professional Education announces ATC International is awarded ACCA's ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Throughout its more than 50 year history, Becker has earned a strong track record of student success through world-class teaching, curriculum and learning tools that enable its students to develop the knowledge and performance skills necessary to stay ...

Malloy outlines broad principles for education reform
The Connecticut Mirror
Reaction from the state's largest business group and the two major teachers' unions, the Connecticut Education Association and AFT Connecticut, was upbeat, reflecting the outreach Pryor has made to them -- and the deferral of potentially troublesome ...

2011 Education Year In Review: Chancellor Change-Up Rocks DOE
The new chancellor has no experience in education, and the learning curve is steep. She is kept away from reporters and booed in public meetings. Even her jokes fall flat. Four top deputies resign and seven hours into a public meeting, she loses her ...


Westerville teaching cuts adjusted to 113
Columbus Dispatch
The meaning of the word teacher can vary, but in the case of the 113 positions, it means anyone with a teaching license. Besides teachers who lead a classroom, that also can include psychologists, special-education teachers and deans, for example. ...

Early learning
Chicago Tribune
The news that Illinois did not receive funding in the first round of federal Early Learning Challenge grants is certainly disappointing ("Never too early," Editorial, Dec. 16). But the application process afforded state advocates, the education ...

India: Education experts pitch for major changes in RTE Act
India Education Diary
Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, of Institute of Education, University of London, said the RTE Act betrayed misplaced emphasis on inputs rather than outcomes. "There is no evidence to suggest that students being taught from para (untrained) teachers will be...

India Education Diary

National education reformer to lead Bridgeport
Ct Post
Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon / Connecticut Post Contributed Paul G. Vallas, an educationreformer who has led some of the nation's most troubled school systems, including the New Orleans district after Hurricane Katrina devastated that city, ...

Call for Equal Education Wins Grawemeyer Award
MarketWatch (press release)
From 1994 to 2001, Darling-Hammond directed the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report led to sweeping policy changes affectingteaching and teacher education. A member of the National Academy of ...

Teachers Find Flaws With New Leave Policy
Wetzel Chronicle
BY MIRANDA STOKES - Staff Writer (reporter@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle The gallery was packed during the Wetzel County Board of Education meeting held Monday night at the county office. Many teachers were present to voice concerns regarding ...

Upper Saddle River Education Foundation awards $41K in grants to schools
"Many new teachers comment about our resources and how the support comes through the community," Ferrarie added. "When we get young teachers looking for jobs and they come from out of state, or even different counties within the state, they notice the ...

Government of Canada Makes Education More Affordable for Part-Time Students
MarketWatch (press release)
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Dec 21, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Today, the Government of Canada announced a new measure to improve access to post-secondary education. Beginning January 1, 2012 new and existing loans for part-time students will be ...

Board broke the law, says teachers union
Lake City Reporter
However, the Florida Education Association is now suing the state, questioning the law's constitutionality. Norris said the section was vague and ambiguous. “Efforts were made to clarify it, but they were rejected by the union,” he said. ...

MIT to launch MITx learning platform, offer free teaching materials in ...
By Zach Honig
Well, you're still out of luck, we're afraid, but the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's new MITx online learning system will at least give you a chance to access a variety of course materials for free. The institution will also make the MITx ...

Test Yourself | Math, Dec. - The Learning Network - New York Times
The Learning Network - Teaching and Learning With The New York Times ... Teachers can use or adapt our lessons across subject areas and levels. Students can respond to our .... Other EducationResources at The Times. Education Life ...
The Learning Network

NEA Throws Future Teachers Under the (School) Bus - Big ...
By Education Action Group
“All teacher candidates should have one full year of teaching residency, and pass a performance-based assessment before entering the classroom,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said, according to Education Week. The news site reports that the “pilot ... Sure, says the NEA, but only if such assessments are “developmentally appropriate, scientifically valid and reliable for the purpose of measuring both student learning and a teacher's performance.” Here's the kicker: “We believe ...
Big Government

More on "The New Stupid" - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week
By Rick Hess
Data-driven management should not simply identify effective teachers or struggling students but should also help render schools and school systems more supportive of effective teaching andlearning. Doing so requires tracking an array of ...
Rick Hess Straight Up

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012 | E-Learning 24/7 Blog
By Craig Weiss
Expect a few commercial vendors to jump into the augmented reality space for e-learning. Most likely with tablets and smartphones. Open source toolkits already exist, so I am projecting an increased use with education and businesses who ...
E-Learning 24/7 Blog

Nontraditional teacher ed attracts nontraditional students | Thoughts ...
By Kathryn Baron
Programs like his are becoming the “pathway of choice for under-represented minorities,” said Catherine Kearney, dean of Teachers College of San Joaquin, and founding president of the California Teacher Corps, which represents alternative ... (Source: CA Dept. of Education) Click to enlarge. ...According to the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, only half as many people are enrolled in teacher preparation programs in the state today as there were a decade ago. ...
Thoughts on Public Education

Powerpoint for teachers | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC
By Rob Lewis
Powerpoint for teachers. Submitted by Rob Lewis on 21 December, 2011 - 10:00. This is something I've already blogged about - if you have the right facilities in your classroom, powerpoint can be a very useful addition to your teaching toolkit. ...
TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

2011 Was an Inflection Point for Digital Learning
Huffington Post (blog)
In November 2010, in his most important speech, Arne Duncan called for more productivity during this 'new normal' period of lower revenue. As our second 'new normal' year draws to a close, the challenges are numerous but the inflection is clear -- the ...

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