Continuing the Obama Administration’s pledge to safeguard student data privacy, the Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center has released model terms of service guidance. Directed at educators and administrators, the model terms are designed to help schools identify which online educational services and apps have strong privacy and data security policies to protect students. Continue reading

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With the rise in popularity of educational gaming the question is: does it have real impact on student learning? A joint program from University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, the A-GAMES project (Analyzing Games for Assessment in Math, ELA/ Social Studies, and Science) looked at one essential aspect: digital games and formative assessment. The survey’s authors found that “the way teachers use digital games for formative assessment is related to their overall formative assessment practices. Using digital games as part of instruction may enable teachers to conduct formative assessment more frequently and more effectively.” Continue reading

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As previously reported, projections from the National Center for Education Statistics show for the first time ever U.S. public schools will have more minority students than non-Hispanic white students. This shift comes largely from growth in the number of Hispanic children attending school—about 25% of the students. As part of its commitment to understanding this growing population, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center examined media use in Hispanic-Latino families with children ages 2-10 in the United States. Aprendiendo en Casa: Media as a Learning Tool among Hispanic-Latino Families shows the unique needs of this segment and found that “educational content is often fodder for dialog, imaginative play, and asking questions regardless of the language spoken at home.” Continue reading

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A new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows that many Americans still don’t understand the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While 47% of Americans say that they’ve heard “some” or “a lot” about the Common Core, 52% to say that they’ve heard “just a little,” or “nothing at all.” However, 40% still say they disapprove of the standards, 42% are unsure, and 17% of respondents favor the CCSS. Opposition does seem to run on political party lines no matter what level of understanding participants have about Common Core. Continue reading

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Stating that the current AP U.S. History curriculum doesn’t teach enough about “American Exceptionalism,” Oklahoma Representative Dan Fisher (R) submitted a bill to replace the AP curriculum with one that promotes the positive aspects of American history. It’s unclear if HB 1380, which was approved by the Oklahoma House Education Committee, will pass the Oklahoma Senate and make it to the governor. The bill is in line, though, with a resolution from the 2014 Republican National Committee adopted after the College Board released a new framework for the course. Continue reading

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