Using the CRA to Promote Digital Equity: May 14-15, 2019

By Vic & Bonnie Sutton

Ways to use the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to persuade banks to invest in projects to promote digital equity was the central focus of a meeting of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE), held in Washington, DC, on 14-15 May 2019.

The meeting was hosted by the National Education Association and brought together some 70 participants from across the country.

The CRA is a federal statute enacted in 1977. It requires the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC) to encourage financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they do business, especially in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.  Continue reading

The Future of AI in Education?

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Will Technology Ever Replace Teachers? by Katie Fong, Forbes (1 Apr. 2019)
The authors’ answer is yes and no.

Ready for the Future of Education with Artificial Intelligence? by Holly Morris, Education Week (9 Jan. 2019)
The author contends we need to prepare our students for the future.

AI in schools – Here’s what we need to consider by Neha Shivhare, The Conversation (7 Mar. 2019)
Regardless of what we want or think, AI will continue to be part of the educational landscape.

Should the question “Will AI replace teachers?” really be asked? by Livia Bran, NEO Blog (21 Mar. 2019)
The author doesn’t think so because it’s the wrong question.

THE 2019 Impact Rankings: US Colleges Outshined

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In the Times Higher Education (THE) global University Impact Rankings released today, U.S. colleges are woefully underrepresented in the top 25. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the top U.S. college in the rankings at 24th. The top five are from the Commonwealth realm: (1) University of Auckland, New Zealand, (2) McMaster University, Canada, (3) University of British Columbia, Canada, (3) University of Manchester, United Kingdom, (5) King’s College London, United Kingdom.

THE, which is headquartered in London, publishes “the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]. [It] uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach, and stewardship. This first edition includes more than 450 universities from 76 countries.”

Of the 17 SDGs, THE used 11 in its evaluation:

Best U.S. colleges in the top 25:

  • SDG 3 – Good health and well-being: 18 Emory University
  • SDG 4 – Quality education: 21 University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • SDG 5 – Gender equality: 16 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 19 Wayne State University, 20 Wheaton College (Massachusetts), 23 Texas State University
  • SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth: 0
  • SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, and infrastructure: 7 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 15 University of South Florida, 17 Emory University,
  • SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities: 8 Stony Brook University, 23 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities: 8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 16 University of Texas at Arlington, 19 Arizona State University, 25 Ohio State University
  • SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production: 19 Arizona State University
  • SDG 13 – Climate action: 2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 3 University at Buffalo, 23 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions: 0
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals: 0

Mobile Devices and Screen Size

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I was doing a lit review about using visuals in the language classroom, these articles Caught My Eye.

Size matters: AV in the classroom: Why the education industry needs to take screen size seriously by Hans Drummer in ET
This article focuses on projector screen and talks about optimum size and distance.

7 Tips To Create Responsive Design For Mobile Learning by Christopher Pappas in eLearning Industry
As the title suggests, this article looks at how to create responsive design on a mobile device.

Mobile learning design strategy: Why it matters and how to get the best results for your learners
by Debbie Hill in Elucidat
This blogpost suggests how to optimize mobile learning.

TCC 2019 (April 16-18) : Call for Participation

TCC 2019 (April 16-18) : Call for Participation
Join us!
TCC 2019 Worldwide Online Conference
Sustainable Learning, Accessible, Technologies, & Diverse Contexts
April 16-18, 2019
http://2019.tcconlineconference.org/

Keynote and invited plenary sessions
Dr. Charlotte “Lani” Gunawardena, University of New Mexico, USA
Dr.Ohkwa Lee, Chungbuk National University, South Korea
Dr. Matthew Schmidt, University of Cincinnati, USA
Dr. Yoon-Ah Rho, Kookmin University, South Korea
Dr. Hanna Teräs, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Dr. George Veletsianos, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada

TCC is a three-day, entirely online conference for post-secondary faculty and staff worldwide that features over 100 concurrent sessions covering a wide range of topics related to educational technology, distance learning and emerging technologies for teaching and learning.

Register now for extended early bird rates:
https://2019.tcconlineconference.org/

Individuals participate in real-time sessions from the comfort of their workplace or home using a web browser to connect to individual sessions. All sessions are recorded for on-demand viewing. View the current schedule of presentations and descriptions.  Continue reading

Women Who Changed Science: A Unique Web Experience

To engage with these laureates, visit the Women Who Changed Science web experience.

(March 8, 2019) In anticipation of Women’s History Month, Nobel Media has partnered with Microsoft to highlight the achievements of women who broke new ground in physics, chemistry, and medicine. The result, Women who changed science, is a unique web experience that trains a lens on the inspiring journeys and contributions of female Nobel Prize winners. In a world where 64% of American girls and women can’t name another woman in the sciences*, Nobel Media and Microsoft aim to inspire young women across the world to be the groundbreakers of tomorrow.

Women who changed science launches Friday, March 8th on International Women’s Day. Engage with luminaries like Marie Curie, who harnessed the promise of radioactivity, Rita Levi-Montalcini, who redefined how our bodies work, and Tu Youyou, whose breakthrough malaria treatment has saved millions throughout the world. The web experience brings to life the unique contributions of each laureate while exploring the interconnecting lineage of women in the sciences. Raising awareness of their tremendous impact, the collaboration aims to empower the next generation of scientists.

This unique collaboration with Nobel Media is one of Microsoft’s ongoing initiatives to build inclusion in STEM fields. Microsoft believes that nurturing diverse viewpoints and creating opportunities for everyone to experiment with technology incites innovation and sparks breakthroughs. Women who changed science transforms not only how we experience the odds-defying stories of grit behind the prizewinning discoveries of these laureates, but also emboldens the next generation of young women to change our world.

To engage with these laureates, visit the Women who changed science web experience: https://www.nobelprize.org/women-who-changed-science

To learn more about Microsoft’s movement to build inclusion in STEM fields, see: https://microsoft.com/inculture/social-good/inclusion

Teaching with Technology; Preventing Online Grooming

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Teaching with Technology in 2018 by David Nagel in THE Journal
Nagel reports on the results of a survey conducted by THE Journal. It shows that teachers, by and large, have a positive attitude toward the use of technology in education.

The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers by Katt Blackwell in Teaching Community (a Monster community)
Blackwell focuses on the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) six points related to literacy and technology. These include not only the technology skills needed in the 21st century, but the critical literacy skills that today’s learners need.

How Teachers, Parents and Carers Can Spot and Prevent Online Grooming and Radicalisation by David Wright in Voices Magazine (British Council)
Voices Magazine is part of the British Council’s website. It focuses on issues related to “education and culture from around the world.” In this article, Wright talks about Internet safety specifically focusing on how educators and others can identify and prevent radicalization, especially of young people.