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Top Stories - July 2017

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume
A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows students have found themselves pushing back on the stereotype that all millennials are digitally savvy. While some students fit this stereotype, many others often find they lack the skills or equipment necessary to succeed.

Get Categorized and Organized, Get Taxonomies!

EdGate recently presented at an educational technology event which addressed the need for educators to have fast and easy access to resources right at their fingertips.

The focus was on developing subject-specific taxonomies that are used for the primary purpose of categorizing content, making the search for resources not only effective but more efficient. Using a taxonomical list of terms or concepts, teachers can quickly and easily find content specific to their grade and subject without the delay or hassle of sorting through resources unrelated to their need.

'Kindness' Curriculum and Standards Are New Focus

Schools across the nation are beginning to strive towards making 'personal character', focusing on kindness, a feature of education for all students. Classes on social-emotional learning, celebrate mindfulness, kindness, and consideration. According to the Josephson Institute, 62% of the students believe that academic achievement is valued more than kindness by the staff.

California Pre-K funding

In recent years, states have increased funding efforts and therefore have been able to improve standards for their early education programs. According to US News, states with successful early education programs have seen significant improvement in K-12 and beyond.

CMX is Now Available in the Windows 10 Educational App Store

CMXThe CMX app is a repository of tens of thousands of educational resources that are free and available via the internet.  EdGate created the app to organize these resources in one repository where educators can quickly locate quality resources by grade and subject.  Moreover, EdGate provides alignment of these resources to your state or international standards.

FAA Certification Standards Added to EdGate Repository

We've just added the Federal Aviation Administration Remote Pilot - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification Standards to our repository at the request of a client. Though rather specialized, this breaks new ground for us as we broaden the range of standards we can correlate to. With CTE gaining increasing importance and the proliferation of content intended to address this area, professional certification standards (including drone technology!) are growing in importance.

 

 

CTE Funding

The federal government funds CTE programs in the United States through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Funds are distributed to states (2017 allocations by states can be found in the table at the end of  this document ),  who then provide it to school districts by methods that vary from state to state. Private funding also exists, but the foundations that provide it tend to focus on higher education, but are worth exploring, e.g.

New York's Next Generation Learning Standards

Two years in the making and New York State released their newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. The changes were a touted as a departure from the Common Core learning standards and with the revisions came a new name: The Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.