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Naviance is a guidance counseling supplementary tool that offers statistics, individualized guidance, and other consulting services to allow students to better prepare for college and careers following high school. A few high school teachers gave me a sneak peek at both sides of the application (teacher/counselor and student). Naviance is structured around a few key features: course-selection and college plans, test-score-based notifications for teachers and school admin...
The Indian government claims that it has now reached its $35 tablet PC, called Aakash, for students to use in areas where there is minimal access to education. I know I should be excited by this but there are a couple of problems I have with this announcement: Credibility: When the Indian government first announced grand plans for super-cheap computers, what they considered a 'computer' seemed laughable. Not all of the details have rolled out, although 7' screen, 256 RAM, and Android 2.2 seems fine ...
Schlager, M., Farooq, U., Fusco, J., Schank, P., & Dwyer, N. (2009). Analyzing online social networking in professional learning communities: Cyber networks require cyber-research tools. Journal of Technology Education, 60(1), 86-100. The researchers in this study were chiefly concerned with measuring the value of social networks, particularly as it relates to teacher collaboration and development. While the authors remain critical of existing research methods for discovering the value of social networks in a professional setting...
Ben Goldacre has a must-see TED Talk that reads as a battle against bad science but really is an introductory course into statistical inference. I've seen a lot of bad statistics in studies of educational curricula and applications. Most of these problems deal with the very same issues Goldacre claims are plaguing medicine.
Looks like Amazon is getting ready to make its big splash into the tablet market. Word on the street is that Wednesday, when Amazon has scheduled a big press conference, will be the day of the big announcement. Beyond the usual "Tablet Wars" commentary, I'm curious to see what Amazon's vision for the Kindle Tablet will be. From the latest accounts, the initial product will resemble RIM's playbook, yet I have to think Amazon has more in store if they're investing so heavily. PC World
Yglesias notes in a post today that it was the educationalist Johann Hecker who first popularized the idea that a teacher could teach more students effectively if his or her students were of similar skill level in the given subject. It is interesting how Yglesias compares Hecker to Salman Khan in that both are catering to as large an audience as possible within a given skill level. I'm curious to know what progressive educationalists think of Hecker's ideas though, since I'm sure many...
Aaronson, Daniel. Barrow, Lisa. Sander, William. (2007). Teachers and Student Achievement in the Chicago Public High Schools. Journal of Labor Economics 25(1). Aaronson and Barrow, researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and William Sander, Professor of Economics at Depaul University, studied the performance of teachers in Chicago Public High Schools Description: While there are plenty of studies out there to substantiate the importance of teachers to student achievem...
Audio quality isn't great and I certainly am no Ira Glass, but hope its informative
Dreambox Learning is a mathematics learning application that is tailored for use in schools. Currently, the application is geared to K-3 students, with an emphasis on basic counting and four operations skills. The mathematical pedagogy focuses on the use of manipulatives. Each math exercise is turned into a simple game that is part of a larger adventure. Pros: Dreambox has got the design down. It is beautifully and ele...
Consider this the latest in the slew of for-profit college scandals. At the core of this one, involving Education Management, is the incentives to emphasize quantity over quality. EM is being investigated for focusing on enrollment incentives that encourage recruiters to enroll students regardless of the students' abilities. This was the most striking aspect to EM that NYT reported on: "According to the 122-page complaint, Education Management got $2.2 billion of federal financial aid in fiscal 20...