Educational Philosophy · Higher Ed · Organizations · Teaching

The False Promise of Higher Education

Title: Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

Author: Charles J. Sykes

Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

ISBN: 1250071593 | 2016 | 288 pages

The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978•four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion. Nearly two thirds of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. Many college graduates under twenty-five years old are unemployed or underemployed. And professors•remember them?•rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities, instead handing off their lecture halls to cheaper teaching assistants.
So, is it worth it? Thats the question Charles J. Sykes attempts to answer in Fail U., exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrative jobs, the grandiose building plans, and the utter lack of preparedness for the real world that many now graduates face. Fail U. offers a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students•and one that will actually be useful in their future careers and lives.The False Prove.

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Title: Ivory Tower  (2014)
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Language: English
Duriation01:30:41
Genre: Documentary | Family | History | News

A documentary that questions the cost — and value — of higher education in the United States.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Organizations · Teaching

Partners in Education

eric_ed557975_pdfTitle: Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education

REL Pacific offers a variety of technical assistance resources and tools available to the Pacific educational community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part I: Building an Understanding of Family and Community Engagement
The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education is designed to guide school staff in strengthening partnerships with families and community members to support student learning. The Regional Educational Laboratory for the Pacific (REL Pacific) developed the toolkit in response to a request from the Guam Alliance for Family and Community Engagement in Education, whose members include K-12 school staff and college faculty who work with K-12 schools. This toolkit offers an integrated approach to family and community engagement, bringing together research, promising practices, and a wide range of useful tools and resources with explanations and directions for using them. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part 2: Building a Cultural Bridge
The tools in Part 2 focus on tapping into the strengths of families and community members and helping families to establish active roles within the school community in support of student learning. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part 3: Building Trusting Relationships With Families and Community Through Effective Communication
Part 3 tools focus on cross-cultural and two-way communication as ways to enhance family and community engagement. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part 4: Engaging All in Data Conversations
The tools in Part 4 help school staff understand what data are important to share with families and community members and how to share such data. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

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Five Steps for Structuring Data-Informed Conversations and Action in Education
This guide provides a framework and the skills and language needed to support an informed conversation around data. As a facilitation guide, the document contains leading questions and blank activity forms to walk users through each step of the process.

To view the webinar on the guide, please visit the events page.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning

 

Title: Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning

Author: Suzie Boss, John Larmer, John Mergendoller
English | 2015 | ISBN: 1416620338 | 240 pages

 

Project based Learning (PBL) is gaining renewed attention with the current focus on college and career readiness and the performance-based emphases of Common Core Standards, but only high-quality versions can deliver the beneficial outcomes that schools want for their students. It’s not enough to just “do projects.”Today’s projects need to be rigorous, engaging, and in-depth, and they need to have student voice and choice built in. Such projects require careful planning and pedagogical skill. The authors – leaders at the respected Buck Institute for Education – take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess PBL using a classroom-tested framework.

Emerging Trends · ICT · Storytelling

Interface – New Zealand

Title: Interface

I have just discovered an ICT periodical that has been around for 10 years chronicling the exploration of Technology and education. How could I have missed this one!

Welcome to INTERFACE
INTERFACE is the technology magazine for educators to learn about using ICT. Aimed specifically at primary and secondary schools in New Zealand, our readership ranges from principals and senior management through ICT specialists to teachers in classrooms.

Informative, inspiring, independent content
Our aim is to support the use of ICT by schools and to give educators more confidence using technology through providing informative, inspiring and independent coverage of the issues relating to the use of ICT in learning. It’s easy to read and full of resources, tips and advice to help teachers gain a better understanding of the ways in which they can successfully and safely integrate technology into their classroom.

Here is their site and information about their most recent issue.

Issue 74 – Term 3, September 2016: INTERFACE News and Views

  • INTERFACEXpo17: Dates and venues
  • Entries are open for our student Minecraft competition
  • Show us what you can do with digital technology
  • Grab yours at uLearn

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All the latest e-learning news

Use of Tahi grows as students trial online exams 

The number of schools using N4L’s new digital service Tahi is set to rise, as trials for the NZQA digital assessments begin this month.

Mastering the awesome world of Minecraft 

Minecraft is having a big impact in education. Here teachers and students talk about their experiences and successes using this simple building game in their classrooms.

Going where the real and digital worlds collide

Augmented Reality combines the real and digital worlds, and has the potential to provide a whole new view on life … and learning.

Apps for accessing AR 

Here are some great AR apps that are well worth a look

Code sharing students

A group of enthusiastic Year 12s has opened the door to coding for nearly 100 students in the small Eastern Bay town of Opotiki.

The importance of being a computer coder

Learning to read and write gives students a language to use and interact with the world around them. Code isn’t much different.

Meeting the challenge of running robotics 

The biggest challenge for Buller High School’s robotics teacher Jessica Wilkes isn’t getting students interested or even teaching the coding. It’s finding the funding for equipment and competitions.

Books · Computer Science · Programming · Teaching

Prelude to Programming

Title: Prelude to Programming (6th edition)

Author: Stewart Venit
2015 | 816 Pages | ISBN: 013374163X
Prelude to Programming is appropriate for Pre-Programming and Introductory Programming courses in community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities. No prior computer or programming experience is necessary although readers are expected to be familiar with college entry-level mathematics. Prelude to Programming provides beginning students with a language-independent framework for learning core programming concepts and effective design techniques. This approach gives students the foundation they need to understand the logic behind program design and to establish effective programming skills. The Sixth Edition offers students a lively and accessible presentation as they learn
Core programming concepts
  • data types
  • control structures
  • data files
  • arrays
Program design techniques
  • top-down modular design
  • proper program documentation
  • style
Problem-solving skills for
  • basic programming tools and algorithms
  • data validation
  • defensive programming,
  • calculating sums and averages
  • searching and sorting lists
Books · Hardware · ICT

It’s Not About the Computers

Title: Do IT Right: It’s Not About the Computers

Author: Marty Kaufman
English | 8 July 2016 | ISBN: 1619614618 | 130 Pages

Your business has an information technology problem—and you don’t even know it.

Whether your company has 15 employees or 500, you’re almost certainly behind the IT curve. Information technology changes so fast that business leaderslive with problems and fail to seize the IT advantage.

That’s costing you money, time and opportunities.

For over thirty years, Marty Kaufman has shown companies big and small how to achieve the winning IT-driven results previously available only to the Fortune 1000.

In Do IT Right he shows you how to effectively utilize information technology, grow your business and beat the competition.

Do IT Right is the handbook to help you see—and target—the problems and opportunities hidden in your IT systems. Do IT Right shows you how to:

Develop an IT strategy.

Optimize the information technology portion of your business.

Get the same results as large companies at a fraction of the cost.

Understand proper—and cost-effective—IT staffing.

Get smart about hardware and software implementation.

Learn from the mistakes others have made.

You don’t have to become a computer geek to get the most out of information technology. All you need is to learn how to Do IT Right.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Participatory Creativity

Title: Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom

Author: Edward P. Clapp
Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom
2016 | ISBN-10: 1138945269, 1138945242 | 336 pages

Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom presents a systems-based approach to examining creativity in education that aims to make participating in invention and innovation accessible to all students. Moving beyond the gifted-versus-ungifted debate present in many of todays classrooms, the books inclusive framework situates creativity as a participatory and socially distributed process. The core principle of the book is that individuals are not creative, ideas are creative, and that there are multiple ways for a variety of individuals to participate in the development of creative ideas. This dynamic reframing of invention and innovation provides strategies for teachers, curriculum designers, policymakers, researchers, and others who seek to develop a more equitable approach towards establishing creative learning experiences in various educational settings.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains

Title: Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas

Title: Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers

Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas

2016 | ISBN: 141662211X | English | 134 pages

 

Research suggests that metacognition is key to higher student achievement, but studies of classroom practice indicate that few students are taught to use metacognition and the supporting cognitive strategies that make learning easier. You can teach metacognition to your students, so why wouldn’t you? This book shows you how.

Hardware · Science · Uncategorized

3D Printed Science Projects

3D Printed Science Projects: Ideas for your classroom, science fair or home (Technology in Action) (Repost)

Title: 3D Printed Science Projects: Ideas for your classroom, science fair or home (Technology in Action)

Author: Joan Horvath
2016 | 224 Pages | ISBN: 1484213246 | PDF | 4 MB

This book describes how to create 3D printable models that can help students from kindergarten through grad school learn math, physics, botany, chemistry, engineering and more. Each of the eight topics is designed to be customized by the reader to create a wide range of projects suitable for science fairs, extra credit, or classroom demonstrations. Science fair project suggestions and extensive “where to learn more” resources are included, too. You will add another dimension to your textbook understanding of science. In this book, you will learn: To create (and present the science behind) 3D printed models. To use a 3D printer to create those models as simply as possible. New science insights from designing 3D models. Who this book is for: This book shows parents and teachers how to use the models inside as starting points for 3D printable explorations. Students can start with these models and vary them for their own explorations. Unlike other sets of models that can just be scaled, these models have the science built-in to allow for more insight into the fundamental concepts.