Education

How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

HOUSTON — On the third floor of a bank building near Rice University, the future of higher education is being written. Or at least, edited. Perched in lime green desk chairs, dozens of employees of OpenStax work here to transform physics, calculus and psychology materials into digital textbooks that students can study at no cost. …

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Tap the Transformative Power of Stories to Build a Kinder World

If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) As teachers and …

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How Switching to the Cloud is Streamlining One School’s Data Security System

In 2015, a surprise visit from Vice President Mike Pence put Oral Roberts University’s IT security under a powerful microscope. But the Secret Service was so impressed, they commended the school. “When the secret service compliments you, it makes everybody feel good, right?” says Mike Mathews, VP of Innovation and Technology at the university. “But …

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U-Nest Raises $2 Million to Enhance Its App to Help Parents Save for College

Garrett Gilbertson’s daughter is only 5 years old, but he’s already thinking about how to spare her the same financial stress he faced after graduate school. The Pepperdine University alum’s student loan payments came on top of raising her and running an online security company. While researching options for his daughter, Gilbertson learned through a …

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Cameras for Business Security & Key Facts of Video Surveillance Systems

A Breakdown of Commercial Surveillance Camera Types   So I guess pulling it all together, this is a little bit of what you can expect from a video management software suite. It can support multiple different brains of cameras, access control integration. Let’s get back into camera options again. I’m just going to break this …

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New Masters in Digitalisation of Manufacturing launched – Ibec Medtech and Engineering

Ibec Medtech and Engineering, the Ibec group which represents the sectors, today launched a first-of-its-kind Masters of Engineering in Digitalisation of Manufacturing. This new masters has been developed to help business in Ireland embrace industry 4.0 to get ahead of international trends, adopt new technologies, and ensure that people working here are equipped for the …

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Universities need funding, but they also need a rethink of their role in society

There are good reasons to increase funding to higher education in Ireland, but increased rankings should not be one of them, writes Elaine Burke. “Academics all over the world should weep for the destruction of the concept of the university that has occurred in so many places, which has led to little less than the …

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How Partnering With a Local University Saved This School From Closure

In 2015, East Upper and Lower Schools—formerly East High School—in Rochester, New York entered into a unique partnership between the New York State Education Department, Rochester City School District and the University of Rochester. This Educational Partnership Organization aims to curtail a trend of academic underperformance and high rates of truancy, absenteeism and dropout, which …

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Group Work Is Hard for Quiet Kids. Structured Collaboration Cuts Through the Chaos.

In 2016, I was teaching third grade. One of our initiatives was to include STEM activities in our science lessons. I began with a simple project designing balloon-powered cars, but what started as a promising process quickly went south. Balloons weren’t inflating and cars weren’t moving. After looking around at my students, I realized the …

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Are We Rushing Education Change? The Case for Slowing Things Down

Education is known for endless change, and over the years that’s taken many forms: testing modifications, curriculum adjustments, new committees to join, fresh acronyms to learn. With these continuous shifts comes an accompanying sense of urgency, one that tells educators to hurry up and implement whatever is on the horizon, even if that leaves us …

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How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

CHICAGO—Big Data will save you. Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. Though each of the more than 275 companies exhibiting here at the annual meeting of Educause claimed a unique spin, the typical refrain mixed …

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