gjmueller
gjmueller:

New college data give fuller picture of graduation rates — and show challenges

Dozens of public universities across the country, including three in Maryland, report that fewer than half of their full-time freshmen in 2007 earned bachelor’s degrees after six years at those schools or after switching to other schools.
This chart shows data for 266 colleges and universities, tracking outcomes for first-time, full-time students who entered college in 2007.  See the chart.

gjmueller:

New college data give fuller picture of graduation rates — and show challenges

Dozens of public universities across the country, including three in Maryland, report that fewer than half of their full-time freshmen in 2007 earned bachelor’s degrees after six years at those schools or after switching to other schools.

This chart shows data for 266 colleges and universities, tracking outcomes for first-time, full-time students who entered college in 2007. See the chart.

Instead of using units and seat time and accumulating credits, let them have real world experiences and then come back and show they have these competencies that they need.

There would be a combination of much more real-world-based learning and having schools help kids to develop real sets of skills. Not just sitting in the classroom while I tell you this stuff.

theatlantic
theatlantic:

Should High Schools Offer More Job Training?

Just seven years ago, the Texas Legislature mandated that all high schoolers pass two algebra courses and geometry to graduate. This summer, the state reversed course, easing its strict math, science, and social-studies requirements to free up class time for job training.
Texas legislators want to create a more flexible system that helps students who aren’t headed to four-year colleges enter the workforce. And it’s not just Texas. State legislatures nationwide are enacting laws to promote career and technical education and workforce training in high school.
But that approach carries risks. While it’s true that not all students will go on to college, pulling back on college preparatory coursework has to be handled carefully in a state like Texas, with its hundreds of thousands of low-income and minority students. They’re the students who would benefit from college the most—and who need the most help getting there.
Read more. [World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr]

theatlantic:

Should High Schools Offer More Job Training?

Just seven years ago, the Texas Legislature mandated that all high schoolers pass two algebra courses and geometry to graduate. This summer, the state reversed course, easing its strict math, science, and social-studies requirements to free up class time for job training.

Texas legislators want to create a more flexible system that helps students who aren’t headed to four-year colleges enter the workforce. And it’s not just Texas. State legislatures nationwide are enacting laws to promote career and technical education and workforce training in high school.

But that approach carries risks. While it’s true that not all students will go on to college, pulling back on college preparatory coursework has to be handled carefully in a state like Texas, with its hundreds of thousands of low-income and minority students. They’re the students who would benefit from college the most—and who need the most help getting there.

Read more. [World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr]

revolutionizeed

Some Free Books I Have been Reading from the iTunes Bookstore

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I have noticed a proliferation of free material in the iTunes bookstore. Some good, some bad, some excellent. Here are a few I have been looking at with links to each.

Some Free Titles on Ed Tech on the iBookstore

Here are some titles I have seen recently on the iBookstore that have an ed tech slant and are free. Can’t beat the price and you might get some great ideas:

25 Ways to Become a Tech Savvy Teacher Monica Burns
As a NYC Educator and EdTech Blogger, I’m always finding new and innovative ways to use technology with my students and I’m excited to share these discoveries!

Discover Design Thinking Jan-Erik Baars
Design Thinking is a big buzz these days: it‘s also an indication that we are truly leaving behind the industrial age. In the transition to what is next there is a risk that it subsequently will be used as a tool, solely with the attempt to improve the current system that is still dominated by industrial thinking. But that‘s like sticking an engine on a horse. For design thinking to really improve our current system, the system needs to leave the old thinking behind. I hope that some of the experiences and suggestions mentioned in this book can help stimulate in doing so. 
This book contains a collection of essays and reflections, initially published on various blogs, like designfokus.net and designthinkingnetwork.com, between 2010 and fall 2012.

An Avalanche Is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead by Saad Rizvi, Sir Michael Barber & Katelyn Donnelly
This publication argues that the next 50 years could see a golden age for higher education, but only if all players seize the initiative and act ambitiously. 
If not, an avalanche of change will sweep the system away.
This report challenges all players in the system to act boldly. Citizens need to seize the opportunity to learn and re-learn throughout their lives. University leaders need to take control of their own destiny and seize the opportunities opened by technology to offer broader, deeper and more exciting education. Each university needs to be clear with which niches or market segments it wants to serve and how. Finally, governments need to rethink their regulatory regimes for an era when university systems are global rather than national and a student’s education can take multiple paths.

The key messages from the report to every player in the system are that the new student consumer is king and standing still is not an option. Embracing the new opportunities set out here may be the only way to avoid the avalanche that is coming.

Digital First: Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Research at Ohio State

The Digital First mission is to inspire innovative instruction through emerging technology. We are redesigning the campus experience at The Ohio State University by optimizing wireless and classroom technology, inspiring instructors to offer engaging digital learning content to students, and enhancing the student experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond.
In this interactive book, learn how Digital First is transforming teaching, learning and research at The Ohio State University.

26 Instructional Strategies On the iPad
Courtney Pepe
This is book provides a bevy of Instructional Strategies that can be used on the iPad.  The author of this book has experienced success with many of these strategies working in her school district that has a one to one iPad initiative.  There is literally a strategy or APP for every letter of the alphabet.  You will find at least one thing in this book that can transform your learning environment in an innovative way.

The Teacher’s iPadoPedia
by Philip Johnston
The largest compilation of uses for iPads in the classroom ever assembled; clearly presented, comprehensively cross-referenced, filled with images and video tours of the apps discussed, and sorted by what teachers actually do each day. Rather than focusing on iPad’s features, this guide answers a more fundamental question for teachers:how can iPad help me do my job? For elementary and secondary school teachers of all subjects, this iPads-in-education guide was created by one of music education’s best known writers and presenters. 


Proven Approaches to Effective Technology Integration
by Atomic Learning
A student today needs a host of skills to succeed beyond the walls of the school. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are still the fundamentals needed to build an education, but much more is expected of a 21st century learner. Students need to be prepared with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the technology and ideas of the future. 
To get there, students must use technology in new ways. Technology is not simply a replacement for textbooks, notebooks, and overhead projectors. It is an important tool that must be used to its fullest potential. 
As an educational leader, you are an agent of change. Any change comes with a whole set of challenges. Understanding how change happens and what prevents initiatives from succeeding is a vital part to any implementation plan.
This eBook will highlight why, as an administrator, your planning must go beyond buying the hardware. It’s not about the software or apps used, or even the type of device. It’s about understanding how the technology can help educators advance students to reach their fullest potential.


How People Learn
by Christopher Bertha & Dominique Craft
This handbook is intended to give you a foundational understanding of how the brain acquires new knowledge and how, as a teacher, you can best facilitate and optimize this process.