Here are important news related to college applications, the impact of technology on children’s future career and other latest topic for this week.
“6 Popular Google Docs Apps for Teachers” via Educators Technology. This article features google docs apps for teachers. These apps can help them enhance their productivity. Parents can introduce this popular app to the teachers of their kids.
From EdSurge News, ” How One Professor Uses Podcasts to Teach Empathy and Social Justice”. It tells us how a professor used the podcast to engage with tech-savvy students in their Sociology class. Another must-read article because it also shares strategies on how a podcast can be successful in conducting class related to empathy and social justice.
From EdSurge, “Online Learning’s ‘Greatest Hits’”. In this article, the writer provides influential tools for online learning like Learning Management Systems (LMS), Digital Authoring Systems and MOOCs—massive open online courses, which provides video-streamed lectures with readings, problem sets, and interactive options. It is an interesting knowledge that a parent can share with their children especially if they prefer online or digital education.
Via EdSurge News, “Are We Preparing Students for the Creative Work of the Future?”. This article emphasizes that taking an extensive approach in developing activity among students is a must, especially we are facing a modern future where AI will replace most of the workforce. It is another interesting topic in the field of education. Are the students of today really prepared for this change in the future?
This guest post from Inside Higher Ed, “A Definition of Academic Innovation”, talks about the definition of innovation from the past until now. It is an important topic for students because it tackles about how innovation brought by the technology used in academic and most especially the goal for the betterment of all people.
” Using Neuroscience to Launch a Research-Informed School Schedule “, via EdSurge News. This is about a change in a school’s daily schedule. This transformation could use educational neuroscience. This change could do impact on the whole school community that includes not only teachers and students but of course their family/parents as well.
A trending topic, “The Surprising, Research-Backed Benefits of Active Screen Time” via EdSurge News. This article shows the passive and active usage of screen time among kids and teens. Passive screen time is when our kids used digital content without thought and progressive activities. Active screen time is when it involves physical engagement and involves cognitive thought. It is important for parents as well as teachers to change how kids use phones or computers.
Labor and Management
Via Inside Higher Ed, “Employers team up with higher education to bring open data and standardization to hiring “. This article tackles how employers urge to use technology and standardization in higher education to refrain having graduates who are outdated with the job market. It is relevant for parents to know because this possible change will surely help their kids in their future career especially in seeking jobs.
Via New York Times, “Building a Career, One Academic Step at a Time”. It shows how taking one step at a time can build a career. It introduces stackable credits which are a credential innovation. Stackable credits defined by Cassandra Horii, director of Caltech’s center for teaching, learning, and outreach, as “a more bite-sized piece of education that stands on its own and has value in the workplace. This must-read article concludes that the more credentials that are acquired and stacked, the more marketable the graduate is.
From EdSurge, “Chief Privacy Officers: The Unicorns of K-12 Education”, talks about the argument between schools and district about hiring a Chief Privacy Officer to oversee their organization’s privacy policies and practices, especially in K-12 education. This is a piece of relevant information to parents since this organization collects more data of our kids and can be manipulated therefore, we need someone to protect it.
“Student Loans: Some Employers Help Workers Pay Them Down”, reported by NPR. It talks about how an employer helps their employee pay for their student loan debt. Students and parents awareness on this is somehow helpful because handling stress resulted from having debt after graduation a hard battle. I’m so impressed how generous this only 4 percent of employers (surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management) offering it. Even no tax benefits in return, some employers say it’s worthwhile.
“Next on College Completion Agenda: Equity”, via Inside Higher Ed. This report talks about how Achieving the Dream, a national organization encourages community colleges to consider racial and wealth equity that could help more students to graduate. They also announced their partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This article really makes sense because it is really important to get rid of the equity gap between students as an important step in their success.
(STATE and LOCAL) Education Politics
A trending report from EdSurge, “Can Edtech Behind Bars Help Keep People Out?” says that those people behind bars could possibly learn through Proper educational programming. Prison education providers like Edovo and APDS could help in lowering the rate of inmates returning to prison and increase the chance of having a job. This is an interesting topic since this idea is supported by the government and even provides funds.
An opinion article by Inside Higher Ed, “Faculty mentors provide students exceptional educational benefits”, elaborates how mentorship from faculty member has a positive lifelong impact on its students. Parents should know what are the things that make teachers as their kids second parent. Though they challenge them academically, teachers also tried their best to encourage and to show care in order to achieve it.