Recently, the Association of American Publishers hosted webinars where educators discussed digital learning platforms. Here are a few of their insights about the way new technologies and course materials are improving higher education.
From the new Every Student Succeeds Act to Common Core and student debt, NPR takes a look at the top national education issues the United States will confront in the new year.
Your grown-up children may never hit many of the milestones you’ve come to associate with adulthood — and you can blame their crushing student loan debt for that. Fully 56% of millennials (compared with 43% of adults overall) with current or past student loans have delayed at least one major life event because of student loan debt, according to a survey of 1,000 adults.
"Parents recognize and value the positive impact that technology and the Internet can have on their child's future, creativity, communications skills and education," said Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. "Technology's opportunities also require recognition of its challenges, however, and more parents need to be aware of the available resources and tools that will enable good digital parenting and keep our kids safe online."
Association of International Educators announced results from its latest economic analysis of international students studying in the United States. The new data released today found that the 974,926 international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities contributed $30.5 billion and supported more than 373,000 jobs to the U.S. economy during the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a 9.8 percent increase in job support and creation, and a nearly 14 percent increase in dollars contributed to the economy from the previous academic year.
Due to a lack of cyber education in schools (K-12), today’s workforce isn’t appropriately prepared for the daily onslaught of cyberattacks they face both at home and on the job. To help equip tomorrow’s professionals with these necessary skills, we need to start cyber education about “good computer hygiene” and safe behavior early and often.Cyber security education must begin at home as soon as our children start tapping apps or icons on tablets, smartphones and other devices.
...as a new report from from The Mind Trust and Public Impact makes clear, charter schools aren't yet realizing their innovation potential. The majority of charter schools run largely along the traditional school model, just with more discipline and focus. If charter schools took full advantage of their flexibility by introducing more educational innovation, they could better serve a larger and broader set of students.
Despite successful growth in numbers and quality, the charter sector faces future challenges: further improving student achievement; serving more students with disabilities, English language learners (ELLs), and other underserved populations; and building the capacity to serve the 1 million-plus students already on waiting lists and the millions more who deserve higher-quality education. Public charter schools will not meet these challenges by doing more of the same.
Arne Duncan will be stepping down in December, according to the Washington Post. The Secretary of Education told staff that he would be returning to Chicago, but he was unsure what he would do next. The report said that President Obama was appointing John King Jr., a senior advisor at the Department of Education, to serve as interim secretary for the rest of his administration.
As work qualifications go, diplomas leave a lot to be desired. Most graduates leave their learning institutions with a piece of paper that says precisely one statement about their education: that it was completed. Aside from specifying a college major, perhaps, there is little in these certifications that attest to the graduate having a particular set of skills, let alone the digital skills that are going to help get them hired.