For this week, these are the relevant news about the impact of technology on children’s future career, college applications, and other trending topics.
From Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, “4 Good iPad Grading Apps for Teachers”, suggested iPad apps for grading students. These apps help teachers to do their job efficiently and will result in less time and more work done. One of the examples is ZipGrade that is the most cost-effective and efficient way to grade tests.
“Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better”, from EdSurge. It talks about how technology affects children and the education system. It is a relevant topic nowadays, especially that our children have effectively made use the internet and consume content in many hours. Technology is mostly part of our education system.
From Business Insider, “Teacher documents every notification her students receive during class”. This report shows a teacher’s experiment on how students are distracted by their phones. They made a “collective record” of notifications on student`s phones. They made a “collective record” of notifications on student`s phones. They categorized the record into phone calls, emails, texts, and notification from different social accounts. In the end, it shows that they receive more texts and Instagram notifications and surprisingly, students receive a lot of emails too. The result is alarming as it shows how students are glued to social media.
An EdSurge News, “Move Over, Laptop Ban. This Professor Teaches a 5-Hour Tech-Less Reading Class”. It shows how a professor made a successful 5-hour class without using any gadgets. Arguments on whether or not students should use technology during class have been an issue for years. At this time, technologies have been part of everybody`s daily life, especially for students.
These helpful steps from Inside Higher Ed on “How to respond to social media attacks.” It gives recommended tips for those who are being attacked in social media. This is a common issue as teens and students are glued to their social media accounts nowadays. Cyberbullying is terrifying and these steps on how to deal with it are surely helpful.
(STATE and LOCAL) Education Politics
Via The New York Times, “Texas Says Most of Its Students Aren’t Reading at Grade Level. But Are Its Tests Fair?”. This article talks about the quality of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or Staar, an annual high-stakes standardized test. It is an ongoing argument between a group of prominent state school superintendents and education experts; and the Texas Education Agency.
“States Consider Longer School Recess, and the Adults Aren’t Complaining” via The New York Times. It talks about a newly-introduced bill that let schools have a 50 minutes undirected recess every day for preschool to fifth-grade students. This is interesting since it would give our kids the chance to enhance social skills. It is good for their well-being as playtime can build creativity and relationships.
“Schatz reintroduces debt-free college bill” via Inside Higher Ed. This article talks about legislation of debt-free public college reintroduces by Senator Brian Schatz. It aims to cover all cost for students going for a public college without the need of taking loans. This is really helpful to the growing cost of higher education.
Business and Education
“Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B”, via EdSurge. Turnitin is a software developer that uses AI to scan students’ assignments to check for plagiarism. It will be acquired by Advance Publications. Advance Publications transform from traditional media into an education technology company. It is relevant since Turnitin is launching a tool that can detect ghostwriting which is related to students who hired others to write for them.
From EdSurge News, “What to Know Before Working With Google for Education”. This talks about the partnership of technical integration strategy educator software provider called Illuminate Education and Google. It aims to get ahead in the industry of education technology. This partnership offers educator-focused apps and classroom activities which is called as Chromebook App Hub. Is it a good thing to work with Google? Lupoli, VP of Illuminate Education noted that it is stupid to say that you don`t want to partner with Google. Executives brag about the marketing benefit and access to educators and potential clients as what Google can surely bring to the table. This will surely help the innovation in education-tech that will make learning interesting and easier for students.
“Author explores the history of dormitories in forthcoming book” via Inside Higher Ed. This article talks about how an author describes the changes in dormitories in her new book. This is a good topic especially for college students as dormitories are where they spend most of their time and considered as their residential space.
“The Lesson of the Difficult Professor” is an interesting topic from Inside Higher Ed. This article provides tips on how to deal with “difficult” professor. Parents can share this with their children who are having difficulty with the requirements of their teacher. As what it says, “Figuring out your professor’s expectations early in a course can often save you time, stress, and anxiety later on.”
“Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman among 50 charged in college admissions scheme” news from NBC. This news is about a college entrance exam cheating scheme. These two Hollywood actresses are among those 50 people charged. The scam is about letting students admitted to the best universities like Yale and Stanford and helping them cheat on their college exam.