Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educators’ Outcry

After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was slated to hit Remind, a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.S., come February.

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Here's What Happened When Students Solved Social Media Problems With Design Thinking

A few weeks ago, Aaron, a student in my high school elective class, mentioned he didn’t use social media very often. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first. When I followed up, he told the class he found the ads distracting—and said he ended up buying things he didn’t need.“But how do you hang out with people?” asked another student, Holly, somewhat incredulously.“Well, I Snapchat,” Aaron clarified. “I just don’t use Instagram or Facebook.”

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New Verizon Fees Could Cut Off Access for Millions of Remind Users

Can you hear me now? That’s what Remind and many of its users hope to get across as they protest Verizon’s new fees, which threaten to disrupt use of the messaging service millions of students and educators depend on.Thousands of teachers have taken to Twitter this week to blast the telecommunications company and defend Remind, a school communication platform used for everything from announcing homework assignments to contacting parents when a student is sick.

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How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat

“Online teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment,” Karen Costa tweeted last Tuesday, January 8, kicking off the #DLNchat. Many may agree with Costa, but for faculty who have spent their academic careers teaching face-to-face, the shift to online instruction can be daunting. So last week, the #DLNchat community shared ideas about how to best support instructors making the transition to the online classroom.

As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving.But, fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality.

AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include?

When Ayanna met Cozmo the robot, both she and the robot lit up. “it was like she met a new best friend,” her Boys and Girls Club teacher James Carter said. “They just clicked.” And when Cozmo said her name, “she was so excited she didn’t know what to do with herself.”Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it.

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record. There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash.

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Our Student-Led Conferences Were Falling Short. Here’s What We Changed.

“Focus on your mantra,” I told myself. “Breathe in and out, go to your zen place,” my inner voice whispered. I wasn’t practicing yoga or daily meditation. I was preparing for parent-teacher conferences.After over a decade of teaching in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and encountering countless parents aggressively accuse me of dashing the dreams of their children by giving them a B, I had developed a preparation ritual that even a practiced yogi would envy.

Why This Chicago Tutoring Center Wants to Be the ‘Whole Foods’ of Education

When Gil Gibori searches for an analogy to describe the model behind his new premium tutoring center, The House, he’s apt to touch on a few big names, including WeWork, the Apple Genius Bar and, perhaps most unusually, the premium grocer Whole Foods.

University Data Science Programs Turn to Ethics and the Humanities

Data scientist Mark Madsen has been programming and crunching data long before buzzwords like artificial intelligence and machine learning were common. So when the field really started expanding around 2010, Madsen, who works near Portland, Ore., began receiving requests from local colleges and universities asking for tips about crafting their data-science curriculum.

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