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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.

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.