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Artificial Intelligence in Education

Perhaps the greatest trend in modern education is the move towards individualized learning. Emerging in concert—and possibly as a result of this development has been artificial intelligence developed for K-12 needs (AIED). Often going unnoticed, AIED has become ever more prevalent in the classroom, and will surely continue to impact teaching and learning.

Gordon Freedman’s OER @ 16, “Where are You?”

Gordon Freedman, President at the National Laboratory for Educational Transformation, recently reflected on the past  sixteen years of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in his short essay, “OER @ 16, “Where are You?” In tracing the movement from its beginnings in the early 2000s into today's MOOC and OER saturated landscape, Freedman calls for the ushering in of a second phase of the OER revolution.

Iowa dedicates $1 million to train teachers to teach computer science

Recognizing the necessity of computer skills in today's technology-driven society, the Iowa board of Education has begun to encourage their schools to teach computer science as early as kindergarten and continuing through grade 12. The goal being introductory instruction in elementary grades, exploratory instruction in middle school, and computer science in high school.

What is #GoOpen? How can EdGate help?

What exactly is #GoOpen, and how can EdGate Correlation Services help you manage the nearly infinite opportunities created by Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Media, Literacy, and Preschoolers

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.

Are High School Graduation Requirements Making the Grade?

A recent report by the Center for American Progress points to an interesting trend over the last several years regarding the debate over the quality of a high school diploma. While graduation rates have risen considerably, colleges have reported that students are not fully prepared for college-level coursework.

Announcing New Resources Added to the Curriculum Matrix April 2018

In the last few weeks, more than 4,800 resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below:

  • E Reading Worksheets
  • EngageNY
  • GCFLearnFree
  • Grammar Revolution
  • GrammarBook.com
  • iCivics
  • Illustrative Math
  • IXL
  • Microsoft - Hacking STEM
  • Microsoft - Minecraft
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Starfall
  • The Punctuation Guide
  • Weather Wiz Kids
  • YouTube

 

Blockchains, Cryptocurrency, and Ledgers, Oh My!

So what is a blockchain and what are the applications for a blockchain? Blockchain is a digital record of a transaction. A transaction is simply an exchange of data. One type of data are cryptocoins. Trending in the news are articles about cryptocoins which use blockchain methodology. The idea being that a transaction is verifiable.

Announcing New Resources Added to the Curriculum Matrix March 2018

2,300 new resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below:

  • Grammar Revolution
  • GrammarBook.com
  • Illustrative Math
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • The Punctuation Guide
  • Weather Wiz Kids

Standards-Based Grading and the Structure of Standards

Discussion continues to take place regarding the integration of standards into teaching in ways beyond outlining the curriculum to be taught. One idea that has arisen recently has been the concept of standards-based grading, in which students are given ratings based on their level of mastery of individual concepts within a larger course. Proponents of this system state that it has advantages ranging from enabling better-targeted teaching to reducing test anxiety.