Advanced Academics Enhances Alignment of Math, English Courses to Common Core State Standards

OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Advanced Academics, a leading online learning provider for grades 6-12 that is part of the DeVry family of high-quality educational institutions, today announced revised high school math and English courses that offer enhanced alignment with the Common Core State Standards. The 18 math and English courses, available now, have been updated to promote understanding and mastery of key concepts identified in the Common Core State Standards and provide students nationwide a robust, consistent curriculum.

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National dropout prevention and recovery organization is now Graduation Alliance

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — For four years, a passionate group of education leaders, teachers, mentors and technology experts has partnered with school districts across the country to provide an alternative path to graduation for students facing challenging life circumstances.

“Our students are often teen parents. They’re working full-time or more to support a family. They left school because they we being bullied. Or they’ve been too sick to attend,” said Rebekah Richards, the program’s co-founder and chief academic officer. “They all come to us for different reasons, but they all share one goal — graduation.”

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McGraw-Hill Education Releases Major Update to Connect® Digital Learning Platform for Higher Education

“For this update of Connect, we worked closely with researchers, instructors, and students to create the industry’s most intuitive and effective online learning environment,” said Stephen Laster, chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill Education. “We made significant investments in real-time reporting for quicker insights into emerging classroom dynamics and process automation that frees professors for higher value teaching activities and adaptive learning technologies that personalize education. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with students, educators and institutions to ensure Connect and all of our digital learning solutions deliver the industry’s strongest engagement, retention and learning results.”

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LearnBIG Creates Hub For Online Educational Resources

SEATTLE, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — LearnBIG announced today the launch of LearnBIG.com,(http://www.learnbig.com ) a new site that will change the way learners of all ages will easily access thousands of online educational resources in one central location. LearnBIG joins together technology and community to improve educational access regardless of income, age or geographic location.

While a large and growing number of digital educational resources are available, many of which are free, linking to the course or tool that is right for the learner has been a huge hurdle in accessing these eLearning resources. LearnBIG allows an easy way to search and filter content by subject, level, platform and popularity available for Pre-K, K-12, college and lifelong learners. And because the site is community-reviewed by parents, teachers and learners, users can easily find education resources that match their learning style.

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AMC, Instructure and UC Irvine to Offer Cross-Disciplinary MOOC based on “The Walking Dead”

Enrollment in the course is currently available to anyone in the world via www.canvas.net/TWD. The first class is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, the day after the Season 4 premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The course will run for eight consecutive Mondays through Dec. 2. Because the series will air at different times around the world, Canvas Network will put in place provisions to help international participants avoid spoilers.

While using pop culture references in the classroom is nothing new, this MOOC represents a unique level of experimentation in teaching and learning by formally infusing an academic syllabus with contemporary media. It’s also the first time a technology firm, entertainment company and major university have collaborated in this way.

UC Irvine, which is ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education, has been a leader in the MOOC movement and a pioneer in open education for more than a decade. This partnership reflects UC Irvine’s next step in utilizing popular culture and flexible technology to improve outcomes in the open, online learning environment.

“As an educator, I’m always looking for ways to make scholarly ideas come alive for my students,” said Bic, who regularly employs pop culture analogies in her teaching on public health issues. “‘The Walking Dead’ provides many poignant case studies related to the scholarly areas covered in the course, and it helps that it’s one of TV’s most popular shows. There will be something for everyone in this course, which will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment.”

“The Walking Dead” is the most-watched TV series in basic cable history and was the No. 1 show last season among adults 18 to 49, across all broadcast and cable networks.

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RFPs: The Collection Challenge

Federal, state and local education agencies award thousands of school improvement grants and contracts every year. Many social service agencies do similar work. A substantial fraction of these opportunities are released on the web, but every agency operates differently. This creates a confusing environment for school improvement providers. Their marketing and sales staffs want a “one-stop shop.” They want to be notified when every relevant RFPs is issued. They want to get this service at a very low price. So far, this has proved impossible.

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A Revolutionary Approach to Note-taking Accommodates Students, Saves Schools Money According to New White Paper

Sonocent, Ltd (Leeds, UK) announces the publication of Sonocent Audio Notetaker: A Revolutionary New Approach for Notetaking, a white paper researched and written by Scott Ritter, MS. The white paper highlights the current challenges with taking notes in today’s education setting and how Audio Notetaker is a solution that can help students improve lecture comprehension, reduce anxiety in taking effective notes, and allow schools to accommodate students of all learning differences in a cost-effective manner.

The white paper highlights include:

Persistent Retention Challenge: Students typically record less than 50 percent of the key information presented in lecture. Audio Notetaker allows the student to utilize a complete audio recording of the lecture and then create meaning via annotation with text, links, slides, and images.
Increasing Accommodation Demand: Between 1990 and 2008, there has been a 166 percent increase in students with disabilities in general education settings. Traditional note-taking and lecture design creates deficits for students with learning disabilities.
Note-Taker Shortfall: Universities, colleges, and schools struggle with finding good, qualified note-takers to help students and provide consistent study results. Yearly expenditures for pay-for-service note-takers have become an area of concern.
Evidence-Based Solution: A solution that accommodates the student for the critical active learning that occurs during the note-taking process; thinking about the information, sorting it, evaluating importance, and synthesizing with other related course material is needed in today’s education setting.

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