Marketing Week: How Google is disrupting the education system. “Google has unveiled plans to use its online course We Are Squared to disrupt the education system, as it says it is ‘successfully’ merging classroom and online learning styles, something others have failed to do.”
From The Star (Malaysia): Spot the fake PhD holders with new database. “The public will soon be able to verify the authenticity of doctorate holders via a database that is currently being built by the Ministry of Higher Education, the Dewan Rakyat was told. Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching(pic) said the ministry is collaborating with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) with regard to the number of cases of fake doctorates in the country.”
University of Virginia: New National Initiative Connects Researchers with Entrepreneurs to put Ed Tech to the Test. “The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Jefferson Education Accelerator (JEA) today announced a joint venture to develop the nation’s first-ever comprehensive database of education researchers…. The National Education Researcher Database (NERD) aims to bring transparency to the supply side of education innovation by cataloging all education researchers in the country, centralizing information about them in an easily navigable and freely available database.” NERD. Heh. The database will launch “later this year.”
The 74 Million: New Research Shows How Common Core Critics Built Social Media ‘Botnets’ to Skew the Education Debate. “Anyone following education news on Twitter between 2013 and 2016 would have been hard-pressed to ignore the gradual curdling of Americans’ attitudes toward the Common Core State Standards. Once seen as an innocuous effort to lift performance in classrooms, they slowly came to be denounced as ‘Dirty Commie agenda trash’ and a ‘Liberal/Islam indoctrination curriculum.'”
PRNewswire: ‘Evidence for ESSA’ Website Is Live: New National Resource Ranks K-12 Reading and Math Programs According to Evidence (PRESS RELEASE). “Today the Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) at Johns Hopkins University has released its much anticipated new website called Evidence for ESSA … a free web-based resource that provides easy access to information on programs that meet the evidence standards defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The website is designed for education leaders at the state, district and school levels, to provide information to state chiefs, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and anyone else interested in which programs meet the ESSA evidence standards.”
NewsMail: Government launches website to help families with homework. Government of Australia, that is. “Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Federal Government’s new website, Learning Potential Resources, was filled with hundreds of ideas, activities, games and videos to help parents of primary school children get involved in their child’s learning.” As an American I was able to access several different items on this site so homeschoolers, you might find this useful. It covers Years 1 through 6 – looking at the learning standards I would guess that Year 1 is roughly equivalent to first grade in America. Teachers or anyone else more knowledgeable about the education system, please chime in the comments.
Penn State has created a database of educational agencies in Pennsylvania. “Navigate Education in PA is an online database that contains information on more than 4,800 Pennsylvania education agencies, including public, private and charter schools; intermediate units; career and technology centers; and higher education institutions.” The announcement makes it sound like it’s for Penn State affiliates only, but I was able to search it with no problem.