Educators Can't Help Homeless Students if They Can't Identify Them

At the beginning of my fifth grade school year, my family was homeless, or as some say, transitional— meaning an individual who is a resident in temporary housing. We lived in hotels for a period of time. And we would “double up,” which means to live with other families.

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?We Don’t Need More Alternatives to College

When MissionU emerged on the scene last year branding itself as an alternative to college, it ruffled feathers in higher education. The startup’s marketing pitch rightly pointed out that college debt was ballooning in the United States and that universities were failing to prepare the majority of Americans for the workforce.

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Experimentation, Scaffolding, and Feedback are Important for Teachers, Too

I glanced at the clock for the third time in five minutes and realized I still had two hours left of my training on Canvas, our new learning management system (LMS). I was overwhelmed. As I looked around the room, it became apparent that I wasn’t the only teacher in the room whose eyes had glazed over a long time ago.

Modeled on Zillow, Edmit Wants to Help Families Make Financially Savvier College Decisions

Edmit wants to do for college-shopping what Zillow is for homes and what Truecar is for automobiles.Startups can be smitten with analogies, so this is what Nick Ducoff, the Boston-based startup’s cofounder, aims to do: help students make financially savvier decisions about where to go to college. The tool lets users compare how much their peers are paying at different institutions.

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From Advocating to Letting Your Nerd Flag Fly, Educators Are Grateful For Lessons From Students

When all the stuffing, sauces, hams, turkeys, and pies are out of the oven, there is often a moment of peace during the holiday season where families sit around the dinner table and remember what they are grateful for. This year, we gathered with a community of educators during EdSurge’s Tech Leader Circle at the MakerDepot in Totowa, New Jersey to pause and have a similar moment of reflection.

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How Online Can Save Small, Private Colleges from Going Under

In the wake of a recent series of small-college closings, the takeaway for small private colleges is that their days may be numbered. Since these schools are largely dependent on student tuition in a time when demographic changes mean fewer available high school graduates, they might as well be on an endangered-species list.

Can Online Credit Recovery Recover?

A series of
articles in Slate has upped the ante on the mounting evidence that online credit recovery has a rigor problem, even as such programs have become nearly ubiquitous across the country.

Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the One Thing it Can't Do Well

It isn’t just the tech entrepreneurs and Hollywood directors who dream about the role that artificial intelligence can play, or will play, in everyday human life—educators have begin to join them.

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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week.

Libraries Look to Big Data to Measure Their Worth—And Better Help Students

Libraries have long counted up the books on their shelves to show their value. That meant Harvard University’s library (with 18.9-million books) was clearly superior to Duke University’s (with 6.1-million volumes) or University of California at Riverside’s (with a mere 3 million titles).

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