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Latest Study on Retention – No New Information by Thomas New study consistent with prior research on retention. A new study, from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Early Grade Retention and Student Success: Evidence from Los Angeles, has some public officials wondering if it is time to revisit the practice of retention. It shouldn’t. Retention is the name given to the practice of repeating an entire grade level.

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Open Culture Get 1200 free online courses from the world’s leading universities — Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 30,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now. Humanities & Social Sciences Art & Art History Courses Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Art – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Video – James Grant, Oxford UniversityArt Through Time: A Global View – Free Online Video – Annenberg MediaExposing Digital Photography – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video & Course Materials – Dan Armendariz, HarvardFoundations of American Cyber-Culture – Free Online Video – UC BerkeleyIntroduction to Digital Photography – Free Online Video – Marc Levoy, Stanford/GoogleIntroduction to Visual Studies – Free iTunes iOS App – Anna Divinsky, Penn StateIntroduction to Visual Thinking – Free Online Video – John McNamara, UC Berkeley

9 Great Online Libraries for Educators Libraries are significant resources for written text and educational materials. It is true that the surge in blogs, search engines, ebooks catalogues, and document sharing communities has tremendously weakened the online presence of libraries but still often times libraries provide a treasure trove of information and rare documents that you can hardly find elsewhere. As educators, we should at least know about two or three library resources where to look for and find precious documentations.

OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes by Stephen Downes April 8, 2014 What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We’ll Tell You OursDan Colman, Open Culture, April 8, 2014 I find the lists offered by Dan Colman and Neil DeGrasse Tyson to be a bit parochial, steeped in (their) local culture and issues of the day. Why else include Darwin and de Tocqueville? Why else include the Bible but not the Qu'ran or the Upanisads, or Sun Tzu but not Lao Tze?

Forum Network The Forum Network is a public media service of WGBH that collects thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders, made available to the public for free. Lectures hosted on The Forum Network are presented by community organizations and educational institutions from the Boston area and beyond. From science to the humanities, from local to global topics, The Forum Network is committed to providing outstanding educational content for lifelong learners, and to encouraging deeper understanding and civic engagement around the vital issues of our time. Major support for Forum Network is provided by The Lowell Institute, an organization created to carry out the 1836 bequest of John Lowell Jr., to make free public lectures available to the citizens of Boston and beyond. A greater collection of videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

Guide to Free, Quality Higher Education Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies By Katrina Schwartz As the current generation of college graduates wrangles with an unprecedented amount of debt, a sea change is underway in higher education. More and more elite universities are offering free online courses that might characterize the next iteration of the college experience for the forthcoming generation of students. Educational Technology Technology and the Future(s) of the University April 15th, 2014 by By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology Georgetown University is calling on its entire campus community to explore what the institution of 2030 will look like and to experiment with new ways of educating students. The impact of its discoveries may ultimately end up being felt throughout American higher ed. Introducing innovation in education is easier when the institution is new.

College For Free? The cost of higher education is inflated due to our current funding model. Countries all around the world provide higher education at affordable costs. Image: Tax Credits 200 Free K-12 Educational Resources This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress. Please tell us if we're missing something good. Free Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks Free Audio Books: Our collection of 450 free audio books includes many children's classics.

learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I unfortunately, due to existing travel and other commitments, am not in attendance. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. I see LA as a bricolage of skills, techniques, and academic/practitioner domains. It is a multi-faceted approach of learning exploration and one where anyone with a stake in the future of learning can find an amenable conversation and place to research.

Stacking The Deck Against Student Loan Debtors By Alan Pyke "How A Private Company Stacked The Deck Against Student Loan Debtors" After two decades of work, the company tasked with collecting payments on government-financed student loans from borrowers who declare bankruptcy has helped create a system that treats student debt far more harshly than other borrowing. The company’s zeal for the task has led it to hound cancer survivors and other unfortunate, hard-working souls, and has reshaped the relationship between student loans and bankruptcy law in ways that exacerbate the country’s trillion-dollar student loan problem. Congress created the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) indirectly in the early 1990s when it sought to tackle the high rate of default on student debt by giving the Department of Education (DOE) “a set of unprecedented collection tools” such as garnishing wages and tax rebates, the New York Times explains.

e-Portfolios: K-12 Digication is the leading ePortfolio provider for K-12 and Higher Education schools across the U.S. Our ePortfolio Editions are tailored to meet the needs of individual teachers and students, classrooms, departments, and campuses. Whether you're looking to get started with your own ePortfolio or evaluating a solution for your school, you've come to the right place. Personal Edition Dave’s Educational Blog I was asked by the excellent Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach to speak to her PLP class about MOOCs, and, while we had what i thought was an excellent forty minute chat, there were tons of comments that i never had the chance to address. As i look over the questions they asked, I see that in answering their questions i have a chance to lay out many of the thoughts that I have had about MOOCs while they have been all the rage here on the internet in the last few weeks. I opened the discussion with a quick personal intro to my contribution to the MOOC discussion and then we moved to Q & A.

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