May 2018 Newsletter
The EdGate sales team is preparing for the ISTE conference in Chicago June 24th-27th and would love the opportunity to meet with you! If you are exhibiting or simply planning to attend, it would be a pleasure to connect face-to-face and discuss the range of services we offer, such as
- Standards licensing from our repository of over 3 million standards;
- Content alignment by EdGate's team of subject experts;
- Resource licensing from our OER library;
- Taxonomy development and licensing;
- ExACT Alignment Tool for do-it-yourself correlations;
- Correlation User Interface development for your website;
For more information on these and other services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact at (866) 405-3357 or contact us. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
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New Subject Classifications are Coming to EdGate
STEAM and SEL – Using Robots to Teach SEL
Media, Literacy, and Preschoolers
EdGate Helps Publishers Personalize Content
Senators Back a Bill to Increase CTE Teachers
Research Suggests Smartphones Affect Cognitive Ability
What's new in the repository?
EdGate is creating two new subjects, Technology Education and Library Media. The standards and content aligned for this subject are currently housed as Media Technology. These two new subjects will replace Media Technology.
Why is this change needed? EdGate is making this change to better reflect how the state departments of education differentiate Library Media and Technology Education standards. Recently states have developed separate computer science and information technology standards, whereas in years past, basic computer operation standards were included with Library Media standards.
Will our content still align to standards? There is no change to your correlations. However, when the change takes effect, if it is determined that your content is more applicable to Library Media, you will only see those correlations in your deliverable(s). If your content was correlated to standards that will fall under Technology Education, then they will also be included in your deliverable(s).
How does this affect my deliverable(s)? Here's what you can expect for your deliverable(s).
For bulk downloads and API, there will now be two sets of subject standards rather than the one subject, Media Technology. If your company licenses standards, you will notice that some of the standards that were previously Media Technology will now be Library Media and some will now be Technology Education. Also, please note that the week that this change is made in the EdGate repository, there will be no bulk download deliveries that week.
For CUIs, ExACT, ExPERT and Advanced Reporting, similar to what is noted above, there will be two new subjects in the dropdowns replacing the current Media Technology subject. If your company licenses ExACT, the concepts for Media Technology will be converted to the applicable Library Media or Technology Education concepts and the correlations to the respective standards will not be affected.
More information coming soon on when this change will be in place.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
New this year, the Redwood City School District began a Kindergarten program to not only introduce student to STEAM skills, but also to encourage and develop social-emotional skills. The focus of the program is to enhance problem solving skills in the creative and analytical process so that children are more cooperative and collaborative. Students work together to program robots to make movements and accomplish tasks. In doing so, they are learning basic coding skills. In this era, it is definitely an advantage for students to have coding skills. Moreover, learning team building and communication skills in this setting and starting at this early age can help set students up for successful educational experiences that they can build on throughout their educational career as they prepare to enter the workforce.
If your company is interested in correlations of your content to Social and Emotional learning standards, please contact your project manager or one of our Account Executives for more information.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
According to a recent survey by Common Sense Media, children under eight-years-old view content on mobile devices for an average of 48 minutes per day. Researchers also found an increase in the amount of quality content available for preschoolers to view. In a recently-published paper called, Kevin Wong, an adjunct instructor from NYU, identified existing educational media accessible to low-income preschoolers. "If the quantity of media consumption is not going down, then our goal is to see what the quality [of media consumed by preschoolers] looks like," explains Wong. "There are so many programs out there that are saying they are educational for kids—like us, buy us or watch us because we are educational. But what does educational really mean?"
Wong's team reviewed 4,600 pieces of media that could be accessed through tablets or mobile devices since many low income families have at least one smart phone at home. The team then ran random samples of the content to learn how many new vocabulary words viewers were exposed to and how the show aimed to teach children those terms through character dialogue. Overall, 66 percent of media that was labeled as educational taught students new vocabulary words, an increase from other studies in the past. However, Wong's team found that many of the words were too simple for the target age group—meaning students wouldn't necessarily be prepared for first-grade or kindergarten just by streaming videos.
EdGate provides correlation services to many publishers of early childhood education programs ensuring that the curriculum actually does align to standards. Please contact us to learn more about early childhood education standards, such as the Head Start Standards.
By: Alex Alo
Personalized Content has to be one of the biggest buzz phrases of 2018 (and 2017 and 2016). It’s often hard to tell how sincere companies are, those words are used so often. Website after blog after social media site, you can be sure to find companies claiming that they personalize content, especially in the ed-tech world. In EdGate’s case, we don’t feel any remorse (not even a faint blush) by claiming that we personalize content for our publishing clients.
Personalized content, by definition, uses data to create and deliver relevant content based on the subject’s interests. How do we personalize content for our clients?
- Aligning content to specific learning outcomes. This means that educators can find specific curriculum resources when searching by a standard, i.e. a learning outcome.
- Tagging content to a specific educational concept. This allows educators to find curriculum and immediately pinpoint exactly what educational concept that content item teaches.
- Keywording curriculum (such as videos) to make them easily discoverable. Think of how you Google things. Now think about how to make it easier for educators and students to use a Google search (or Bing, etc.) in order to find the perfect video that will help them learn how to "add fractions," etc.
- Description writing. We assess content to provide educated, accurate descriptions to help end users quickly understand what a lesson, video, etc. is teaching.
- Metadata creation. EdGate provides data filtering to help clients find exactly what they need. We review content in order to assign grade identification, subject and other metadata fields to help lead educators and students to the curriculum they are looking for.
- Correlating Open Educational Resources (OER). EdGate’s Curriculum Matrix repository houses over 500,000 grade-specific OER that has been associated with robust metadata and aligned to concepts/standards for publishers to license and use within their own platform.
All of the above services allow our publishing clients to create powerful content searches that can return targeted results within their platform, catalogs, or other marketing initiatives.
Four U.S. senators are the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act to create a new residency program for people who want to become CTE educators.
A study by several universities found simply having a smart phone nearby during testing which required concentration affected the outcome of the tests.