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Gartner: 3 Tech Trends Driven By The Internet of Things [INFOGRAPHIC]

The road to digital business starts with ubiquitous “smart” things that will range from contact lenses that measure blood glucose to complex industrial turbines that can predict a failed bearing before it happens. This proliferation of devices is part of a “virtuous circle of smart things,” where falling costs inspire increased connectivity, leading to greater functionality, growing diversity (in the types of smart things) and then, rising ubiquity in the volume of smart things. IT leaders must understand that new technologies may be less disruptive than the new business models they enable and accept that the biggest disruptions will most likely arise from outside their industries. They must act quickly to explore the use of smart machines internally and track use by existing and potential competitors.

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Teachers Work 11 Hour Days [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Created by Knewton http://www.knewton.com

Teachers regularly juggle schedules that include lectures, classroom activities, one-on-one tutoring, grading, administrative meetings, parent interaction, coaching and extracurricular activities, and professional development. As any teacher knows, every activity that occurs in the classroom can require a good deal of preparation and grading outside of class. The What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex. Today they face massive challenges ranging from expanding class sizes, an increased diversity of student needs to consider, and a peer and pop culture that is not always supportive of school. And already, they are charged by society with tremendous responsibilities that range from inculcating democratic values to ensuring global competitiveness and preparing students for 21st century workforce needs.

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21st Century Classroom Design Cultivates Collaboration [VIDEO 2:56]

There is a new innovation zone in Sakamaki Hall on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus that includes three new classroom spaces—and these are not your mom and dad’s college classrooms. They feature easy-to-move, comfortable, flexible furniture that allows for multiple seating and standing options; walls and walls of white boards and sliding plexiglass surfaces to write on; the latest technologies for content display and sharing; bright rooms filled with natural light, ample outlets and a lot of space to move around.

Integrating Student Growth into Teacher Evaluations: Adopting and Implementing the Right Measures for Your District

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Reposted from Hanover Research on LinkedIn:

Amidst the changing backdrop of education reform, the role of the teacher is constantly evolving. As such, the evaluation systems upon which these teachers are measured are under examination. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) advocates that effective teaching be rooted in academic results for students, and recent reports show that the nation is adopting this mindset quickly. Five years ago, 35 states did not require teacher evaluations to include student learning measures. Today, only six states have yet to add the measure as a future policy.

Since 2007, researchers in education policy have moved toward growth models to assess teacher and program effectiveness because “these statistical tools present a more complete picture of school performance.”

The value-added model (VAM) and the use of student learning objectives (SLOs) have emerged as proven analytical frameworks to measure student growth. The decision to implement one of these types of alternative measures for assessing teacher effectiveness varies based on district needs and data capabilities, finds a NCEE report profiling early-adopting districts. Districts using alternative assessment-based VAMs choose to take advantage of existing assessments, while those using SLOs select them as a teacher-guided method of assessing student growth.

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Which Policies Has Your State Adopted?

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Reposted from the Education Commission of the States:

The Blueprint Report [PDF] and the following state profiles review important policy approaches designed to increase the number of U.S. students who earn a postsecondary degree or certification.

The 50-state analysis explores the extent to which states are meeting the 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success. . The accompanying resources, technical assistance and online database are designed to respond to the unique needs of states.

Find out which states are pursuing these policies and check out the accompanying resources, such as the State Profiles. The Blueprint is designed to respond to the unique needs of states. Explore the 50-state analysis by clicking the different policies, and use the map to access information about each state.

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Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students [VIDEO 3:55]

Kid President believes we’re all teachers and we’re all students. What are you teaching the world? Who are you learning from? This joy-filled tongue-in-cheek video will bring a smile to your face and provide that second wind to “get your learning on” for you, your colleagues and your students.

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Leveraging Multiple Social Media Accounts For Better Results [INFOGRAPHIC]

leveragingsocialaccountsWe have created an infographic that depicts a typical day of the BundlePost social media marketing process. Below in the infographic we detail an example of our process using Instagram as well as an overview of what we do across all platforms.

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