Archive for the ‘K-12’ Category

Download Report: The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning

The bar has moved. Access to high-speed broadband in K-12 education is no longer an afterthought; instead it is fundamental for implementing the student-centered learning models critical in preparing all students for college and careers in the digital age. Schools and districts are moving towards student-centered, personalized learning approaches to increase student success — utilizing […]

Video Captions for Online Courses: Do YouTube’s Auto-generated Captions Meet Deaf Students’ Needs?

Providing captions for videos used in online courses is an area of interest for institutions of higher education. There are legal and ethical ramifications as well as time constraints to consider. Captioning tools are available, but some universities rely on the auto-generated YouTube captions. This study looked at a particular type of video—the weekly informal […]

Stanford scholars untangle the science of learning

Cramming the night before a midterm exam may help you get an A on the test, but it isn’t the best way to actually learn the material for the long haul. Highlighting in a book won’t help you remember important passages. Giving one example when trying to explain something is never as good as giving […]

Developing Guidelines for Evaluating the Adaptation of Accessible Web-Based Learning Materials

E-learning is a rapidly developing form of education. One of the key characteristics of e-learning is flexibility, which enables easier access to knowledge for everyone. Information and communications technology (ICT), which is e-learning’s main component, enables alternative means of accessing the web-based learning materials that comprise the content of e-learning. However, these materials can help […]

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans

Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship. On Tuesday, Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned this fall to introduce a free student-directed learning system developed jointly by the social network and the charter schools. The New York Times

Satellite Launch Project Helps Students Collaborate Across School Boundaries

Students from rival high schools in one Missouri school district are working on a real-world science, technology, engineering and math project this school year. Converge Magazine

Can Moodle Mobile Assignments Enhance Context-Relevant Learning?

A manufacturing plant is looking to train their staff on a new security compliance charter. A college wants to address concerns from their alumni about job-seeking and interviewing skills. Students with long commutes want to take advantage of their idle time in the benefit of future opportunities. Moodle News

Teaching from a distance

Education is going through radical changes. Chalkboards have evolved into SMART Boards, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) have replaced some classes. Teachers and professors can lecture from across town or around the world. ISTHMUS   

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

EXETER, N.H. — Emily Duggan, 16, spends most afternoons at a dance studio tucked behind a shopping plaza near her home. Blond and doe-eyed, Duggan has been dancing since she was two, everything from tap to ballet. She puts in about 12 hours a week at the studio, including classes and rehearsals with the dance […]

State attorney general’s assault on online education

In an editorial on Monday, the Wall Street Journal characterized the California Attorney General’s now-concluded investigation into K12 Inc. and the 11 California Virtual Academies as a coordinated ambush targeting K12 and the online charter schools after they dared to resist the California Teachers Association’s unionization campaign. Orange County Register