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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.

What's New in Sex Ed?

In the series "Educating the 21st Century Child" Erik Hawkins address the changing needs in Sex Education for today's teenagers. An unprecedented level of access to technology and near constant interaction with social media mean that students are often far ahead of sex education curriculum.

Incorporating Competency-Based Learning

Competency-based learning has become increasingly popular in higher learning and K-12 environments. This model requires students to demonstrate mastery of a subject rather than relying on hours spent to determine readiness to advance. This method demands more from educators in terms of time and planning, but benefits students of all types. High achievers are able to move ahead when ready and struggling students are given the time needed to fully grasp concepts before progressing.

ESSA Update

An interesting article in Education Week took a look at what was happening around the country with the status of the implementation of ESSA now that a year has gone by since the new law was passed.