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MARC Records-Still Relevant after all These Years

Did you know that OCLC stopped printing library card catalogs in October 2015? That ended a 150-year process.  However, the information available within those library card catalogs is still as needed as ever.

Texas Has New TEKS Process

In June 2017, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved a new process to be used for the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. The new TEKS review process calls for up to five separate work group meetings and provides multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the recommendations of the work groups. The SBOE also approved updates to the TEKS review and instructional materials adoption schedules, which will impact publishers and their submission process.

Channel Partner Agreements

What are they? Would your company benefit from having one or more of them?

Can Schools with No Grades Really Work?

At M.S. 442 in Brooklyn, students are encouraged to focus on mastering a set of grade-level skills and moving on to the next set of skills only after demonstrating that they are ready. In these schools, there is no such thing as an A and there is no failing. The only goal is to learn the material. The system has already significantly increased competency in the middle school's students. In the 2013-14 school year, only 7% of students read at grade level, and 5% met the state's math standards. Two years later, 29% were proficient in English, and 26% proficient in math.

Metadata: A "new'ish" word for an Old Concept

What is metadata and how does it affect your business?

In almost every industry where there is content and data to be managed, the word "metadata" is is surely part of the vocabulary. While there may be overlap in purpose, the functionality, design, and application are unique to each company or organization.

For those with library backgrounds, the content available on library card catalogs, contains metadata such as author name, title, publication city, year of publication, etc.

Educator Confidence in Technology Increasing

The use of technology in the classroom has been an ongoing topic in education for years, but what do teachers think about implementing technology in the classroom? In the most recent survey commissioned by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH),  there are some truly positive signs. The survey found an increase in teacher confidence this year regarding the use of digital technology in their classrooms.

The Three Components of a High-Quality CTE Offering

Career and Technical Education (CTE) continues to grow in importance in the current educational climate, but as more states and districts move to build CTE programs within their schools and more organizations begin providing CTE content for educators to use, issues concerning access, funding, and the resulting quality of CTE programs are arising. As this article states, "the three components of a high-quality CTE offering include work-based learning in the

Computer Science Education Expands to Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future, including AI jobs

According to a 2016 presidential report, almost half of the jobs in the U.S. in the next 10-20 years will be related to Artificial Intelligence in which computers make decisions, recognize speech and perform other human tasks. Will students be prepared with the computer science backgrounds they need to really understand AI?  Computer science education varies widely across the U.S.