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Assessments Become More Accessible With Speech Synthesis—and an Almost Human Voice

These are exciting times in the world of assistive learning technology. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are behind next-generation improvements in a range of software tools for students with sensory or learning disabilities. Speech synthesis in particular is benefiting from deep learning technologies, which are used to generate speech that sounds like a human voice.

The 3 Most Important Questions To Ask When Evaluating Social Emotional Learning Screeners

Classroom teachers are increasingly aware of the wide-ranging and long lasting benefits of social-emotional learning programs—from improved academic performance to positive family and work relationships and better mental health.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Nearly ten years ago, I started my career in education as a math teacher at a new alternative high school serving over-age, under-credited youth in New York City. My students were labeled “at-risk” of dropping out because they were 16-21 years old and previously unsuccessful in high school. Many suffered from chronic absenteeism, caused by factors such as homelessness, family responsibilities, and/or incarceration.

Goodbye Cash and Checks—Here's How to Choose a Safe and Effective School Payment System

School expenses, such and lunch and field trips, are big business in United States. Paying for these expenses is a huge logistical headache for most parents. Every year families across the country hand over more than $41 billion to their children’s schools to cover everything from after-school care to athletics, field trips to fundraising, and more. Incredibly, the vast majority of these payments are made in-person, with cash or personal checks.

Three Reasons Academic Advisors Should Be a Go-To Resource for Student Success Efforts

I wasn’t surprised when my first student delayed graduating because a required capstone class was full; perhaps she waited too long to register. But when my fifth and sixth advisees couldn’t get spots and when it happened again the following term, I knew the problem wasn’t the students. There were too few instructors due to a change in budget allocations, yet university policy required capstone class sizes to remain small—issues that were well outside my influence as an academic advisor.

This Professor Uses Virtual Labs to Teach Real-World IT Skills That Employers Want

Steph YoungGonzaga credits online learning with enriching her education and helping establish herself as an IT thought leader. Now she wants to pay it forward.
Instructors can focus on teaching–and not on technical issues.After earning both a Masters and a Doctorate online, and following a successful twenty-year career as a corporate IT executive, YoungGonzaga recently returned to her roots. She pivoted her career in order to focus on supporting students who, just as she did, are pursuing their education online.

Here Are Three Types of Administrators Who Drive Achievement—and Two Who Don't

In the months since launching our school and district pilot program, the Kiddom team has collectively spent thousands of hours meeting with administrators to better understand their workflows, facilitate contextualized staff workshops, and support ongoing partnerships. Our goal?

Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators—How to Get There and Where the Jobs Are

The seeds of innovation are planted at a young age, and technological advances now provide learners of all ages the opportunity to be creators, builders, designers, producers and makers. STEAM-based learning emphasizes both hands-on and digital experiences with engineering, art, game design, prototyping in makerspaces, authoring, robotics, and much more. Students and teachers are learning to innovate hand-in-hand. Where there is innovation, entrepreneurship often follows.

How This University Fellow Makes Learning Meaningful by Connecting It To Real Life

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. —Marcel Proust

In higher education today, learning activities focus on challenging students throughout their studies—enabling them to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes that will equip them for a rapidly changing and complex world and ensure they have the confidence to thrive as global citizens in the 21st century. The role of educators is to create the environment that best supports this learning process.

How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

Imagine a high school student in your district. Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. Are engines her thing? She can safely experiment with a virtual torque wrench in a mechanics class. It sounds powerful, doesn’t it? Not to mention effective.

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