February 2019 Newsletter
With the enormous amount of content being created for educators and students each day, we understand that without quality keywords, even the most exceptional content will not be discovered and used in the classroom.
That’s why we are so pleased to announce that EdGate has built on another feature to our API, providing the ability to suggest keywords based on customer metadata. This Automatic Keyword Creation service analyzes textual metadata associated with a resource and returns search terms or keywords that are useful in locating that resource. How is this beneficial to our clients? Clients can, for example, collate the terms found for their content into a list and use it to provide suggestions for their users or to sort their content into categories. Clients who have large quantities of content that is not amenable to detailed review by subject matter experts (videos, in particular) find this service particularly useful.
As always, EdGate is your source for staying current with new developments in education and the impact of educational standards.
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For those of our clients who use EdGate’s Correlation User Interface (CUI) capabilities, the CUI’s can now be created so that they are fully 508-compliant.
EdGate’s CUI empowers users to dynamically search and retrieve the correlation data in real time. Hosted by EdGate, this iFrame is designed to be branded and embedded onto publisher websites for real time searching of correlations.
In 1998 federal law mandated that Section 508 Amendment be added to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for the purpose of making all electronic and information technology accessible to people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities.
In order to become 508 compliant, a company must provide text to explain or describe all non-text information. All descriptions and explanations should be succinct. All information that is conveyed through video or still images must have captioning, text or transcripts and audio descriptions. Each frame on a Website should have a title and a description identifying its purpose and content. If data tables are used it is important to identify row and column headers. However, tables may be difficult to interpret for someone with a visual impairment, so they should be used sparingly.
Jeremy Ashcraft, Technical manager at EdGate Correlation Services, saw the 508 Compliance as an opportunity to improve the product in order to provide this invaluable service. According to Jeremy, “We understand that our clients must ensure that all of the offerings on their website meet Section 508 guidelines and that includes EdGate's embedded CUI. Now, any client who uses the base CUI can be assured of section 508 compliance.”
(Sources: WikiHow.com; EssentialAccessibility.com; Brailleworks.com; The United States Access Board)
Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? Take this into consideration: Kindergarteners across the country are now creating podcasts. Podcasts are just one of the ways technology has been integrated into classroom…even classrooms at the Kindergarten level. We came across an article in the latest Education Week issue that discusses how teachers are turning to podcasts to practice reading, writing, and speaking skills. Teachers have been dubious about the ability of students at this age to pull it off, but with guidance, direction and practice students have been able to produce their very own podcasts and have fun while doing so! Teacher’s first have to master the process themselves and get comfortable with the technology, but once they do, they understand how great it can be to use the tool to enhance basic skills while engaging students in the learning process. Getting students involved in the creation of a product keeps their focus and interest and that’s key to learning. So will we be correlating podcasts created by Kindergarteners next? Never say never!
By: Jen Larson
Have you heard the news? Texas has announced that as part of Proclamation 2020 they will require that publishers use the machine-readable TEKS standards that have been provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). These standards are provided in the IMS Global CASE-Certified machine-readable format.
EdGate correlates thousands upon thousands of content items for our publisher clients and we know how important the Texas adoptions are. EdGate is poised and ready to provide CASE formatted standards as a correlation deliverable for the Texas curriculum adoption in 2020 or for any other state that may require this format.
EdGate is mindful of the many advantages that the IMS Global CASE movement has both for us and for educational publishers generally. We welcome the advent of a project to create a non-proprietary standards format that can be used to improve comparability and interoperability of what have historically been incompatible sets of standards and we are fully behind the CASE project and hope to be able to contribute to its ultimate success. If your content needs alignments to the CASE identifiers, please contact your Project Manager.
Curriculum Matrix Updates
In the last few weeks, 795 new resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below
Amoeba Sisters (YouTube)
Crash Course (YouTube and Khan)
Microsoft – Hacking STEM
- National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Alabama Arts Education (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Canada – British Columbia Language Arts (2016 – Grades 10,11,12)
- Canada – British Columbia Science (2016 – Grades 10,11,12)
- Collegeboard AP Computer Science A (2014 – Grades 9-12)
- Florida CTE – 8417100/8417110 Health Science Core (2018 – Grades 9-12)
- Idaho Early Childhood (2018 – Ages 0-8 mo, 6-18mo, 36mo-K, Grades 1,2,2)
- Illinois Arts Education (2016 – Grades PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- ISTE for Educators (2017 – Grade P)
- Kansas World Language – (2017 – Grades K-12)
- New Hampshire Computer Science (2018 – Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12)
- North Carolina Social and Emotional Learning (2013 – Grade PreK)
- Ohio Social and Emotional Learning (2015 – Grades PreK,K,1,2,3)
- Saudi Arabia English Language Curriculum (2014-2020 – Grades 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
- South Carolina CTE - Course 5540 Medical Terminology (2016 – Grades 10-12)
- South Carolina CTE – Course 5550 Health Science 1 (2016 – Grades 9-12)
- South Carolina CTE – Course 5551 Health Science 2 (2016 – Grades 10-12)
- South Carolina CTE – Course 5552 Health Science 3 (2016 – Grades 11-12)
- Tennessee Computer Science (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts - 130.227 Pathophysiology (2015 – Grade 11)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts – 130.225 Medical Terminology (2015 - Grades 10-12)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts -130.228 Health Informatics (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts – 130.229 Mathematics for Medical Professionals (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts – 130.230 Pharmacology (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts – 130.231 Health Science Theory (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts – 130.232 Health Science Clinical (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas CTE Health Science Breakouts – 130.233 Practicum in Health Science (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Utah Computer Science (2018 – Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12)
- West Virginia Arts Education (2018 – Grades PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
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