Remains Of The Day: Google Updates Their Tools For Education With New Features

  • Google for Education, their suite of services and tools utilized by some schools, is getting a few upgrades today. The Google Class app can now help parents remain notified with day-to-day or weekly summaries of their child’s work and class announcements, and teachers can now annotate research within the app. And Google Expeditions has new “trips” that work with Google Cardboard, plus a brand-new fullscreen mode for non-VR usage. Lastly, Inbox by Gmail is now presenting to Google for Education users too. [Google for Education]
  • In other news, Google is attemptingattempting to improve voice recognition by crowdsourcing Reddit for audio clips of accents. Contractors working for Google are posting in subreddits like/ r/WorkOnline (and more pertinent to accents,/ r/Edinburgh) to check out phrases aloud in exchange for a little payment. Just put, more speech data suggests much better voice acknowledgment. [The Verge]
  • This website recreates the terrific Stranger Things title sequence with whatever text you desire. Imaginative studio Nelson Cash dove into iconic typography and made this enjoyable widget simply for kicks.Mattress startup Casper now makes canine beds.$125! [Gizmodo] Kotaku reviews the much-hyped No Guy’s Sky
  • . Decision? It does impart a sense of wonder and discovery, but is buggy and completeloaded with half-baked concepts. [Kotaku] Jezebel takes a position on the uncomfortable gender disparity in video game culture. [Jezebel]

Education Adviser To Join Potential Clinton Shift Team

Ann OLeary, Hillary Clintons most noticeable consultant on education issues, will sign up with Clintons White Home shift group need to the previous secretary of state win the White Home in November.

OLearys inclusion on the potential shift team was reported first by The New York Times.

The Democratic primary campaign was preoccupied with disputes over greater ed policy, specifically on totally free tuition and concerns of college cost. However OLearys background is primarily in K-12 and early education policy.

A Fortune profile in 2015 explained her as one of Clintons trio of financial advisors along with Jake Sullivan (national security) and Maya Harris (other domestic problems). As a Clinton Senate aid in 2001, she was involved in the advancement of the No Kid Left Act, among other legislation.

Education Department Works To Answer TNReady Concerns

Some of the sticking around concerns surrounding Tennessees move to a new screening supplier were addressed Wednesday during a joint House Education Committee hearing.Education Commissioner

Candice McQueen and Questar Education CEO Jamie Candee testified before the committee, stating they are ready to restore after last years evaluating concerns. The issues were so extreme the state canceled its vendors agreement and after that announced the hiring of Questar in July to lead the states online standardized screening for the next 2 years.We are sorry for the work that didnt equate into a statewide evaluation, McQueen

said.The most probing concerns originated from Rep. Kevin Dunlap, D-Rock Island, who stated last month he is meticulously optimistic about the hiring of Questar.Dunlap has actually questioned whether the state will supply test concerns to parents and the participation instructors will have in helping to establish brand-new TNReady test questions.Since the states stopped working effort to administer TNReady tests in grades 3-8 last year, the state has been working to come up with some new testing concerns and products, McQueen said. That suggests the presentation of test questions to families will be slowed due to the state not having settled concerns or copyright for the material.Think about it as having a little in the very first year and gradually more test questions being available for parents in following years, McQueen informed the committee.And Candee stated Questar desires to guarantee teachers have a say in the best ways to craft those screening questions.We desire them to seem like they are establishing their state test, she said. We desire them to seem like they are part of

the creation.The state has actually been resolving the transition to Questar given that early July, when the state released an emergency situation contract with the testing vendor. The education department contracted with Questar for a two-year,$ 30 million per year contract.The state was enabled to make the decision after grades 3-8 screening was canceled statewide due to Measurement, Inc., its previous vendor, being not able to fulfill its contract to administer online tests, among many other problems.This school year grades 3-8 in districts statewide will take tests with paper and pencil. And the department will work with Questar to supply an online option for year-end high school tests if both the schools and the testing platform demonstrate early evidence of successful online administration. McQueen stated the state will phase in the tests in the next 3 years.Candee stated Questar is prepared for any problems that may appear and has a tested history of administering online tests.There is a plan A, B, C and D in case of catastrophic occasion, she said.Reach Jason Gonzales at 615-259-8047 and on Twitter @ByJasonGonzales.

It’s Time For World Leaders To Fund Education In Ermergencies

By Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, Global Project for Education – United States

As a parent of 2 active kids, I see the amazing skills and understanding theyre gaining at school every day. Yet the crucial right to education is simply a dream for 75 million kids affected by emergency situations and crises. Across our global neighborhood, we can not wait any longer and have to act today to reach all kids with quality education.

Lack Of Cross-cultural Education ‘depressing’, States President

President Michael D Higgins stated the imposition of a “single, imposed certainty” in Irish education had in the past eliminated the concept of a republic “stone dead”.

The establishing of Educate Together schools in the late 1970s “challenged the status quo that has existed for many years which lots of peoplemany individuals thought did not show all the requirements of an evolving society which was slowly becoming more diverse and more secular”.

Nevertheless, he stated, he found it “depressing that we do not have more education throughout various cultures and beliefs”.

Mr Higgins provided an address at the 2016 Educate Together yearly general meeting (AGM). It was kept in Donabate Portrane Educate Together national school in Dublin on Saturday.

He applauded the Educate Together model which he stated had sown the “roots of a sense of justice” for future generations.

Educate Together was a “pioneering motion which is now mainstream”, the President stated.

He praised 2 of the founders of the Educate Together motion, ine and Bill Hyland, as “audacious and brave”.

They had challenged the old church-based model of schooling, the President stated.

Inform Together was the “very opposite of an authoritarian setting. Part of the opposition in the 1970s was the defence of an authority which never might be questioned.

“It has of its nature developed exemptions all over. It eliminated the job of a liberationary and emancipatory project of a republic stone dead in my view.”

The movement was established in 1978 in Dalkey, Co Dublin. There are 77 Educate Together primary and 4 second-level schools around Ireland. In total, they supply education for more than 21,000 pupils.

Two new schools under Educate Together patronage were revealed last week. They will remain in Drumcondra/Marino and Cabra/Phibsborough.

He and his partner Sabina had been strong supporters of the establishing of an Educate Together school in Galway.

Both were establishing members, along with active board members, of the Galway school job (now Galway Educate Together National School).

He remembered his battles in establishing that school which opened its doors on September 1st, 1994.

“I keep in mind the long correspondence about the Galway school, about the extremely idea of the important things being accepted.

“I wrote to a client of the schools who said there had not been any point in us meeting because he wasn’t thinking about the extremely principle due to the fact that he did not concur in what I wanted.”

By contrast those included in Educate Together schools were “pluralists in every sense” and provided an example to other designs of schooling.

Mr Higgins said he was worried about kids preparing for evaluations in hotel spaces and for children from the Travelling community. He stated the issues of the Taking a trip neighborhood were not insurmountable.

The dignity taken away from children at an early phase is not easily repaired, he alerted.

In response, Inform Together chief executive Paul Rowe said Mr Higgins had been an early supporter of the movement.

“As President, as a public agent and as an academic, you have an exceptional record in standing up for equality and human rights all over the world,” he stated.

“You have assisted our whole society modified its ideas of Irishness. You have ended up being an impressive function model for the kids in our schools.”

Jobs For Money Report: Standard Education Dept To Stamp Out Corruption

JOHANNESBURG – The basic education ministerial task team report into the jobs for money scandal has actually discovered that corruption is endemic in the education system and the very first action in stopping this is to end cadre deployment.

The job groups report, into claims that some members of South African Democratic Educators Union (Sadtu) have actually been offering posts for cash, has actually also raised issues within the visit procedure in the sector.

As a result, the department says it will develop speaking with and visit panels that would be vetted routinely, in addition to evaluating the consultation system as a whole.

Standard Education Department representative Elijah Mahlangu says the department is carrying out some short-term measures to enhance responsibility following the report.

He spokens this consists of a dedicated call centre where irregular activities can be reported. He adds modifications to the appointment treatments must be communicated.

Some modifications requirehave to be made to make sure that the system is streamlined in a way that prevents individuals from manipulating the visit procedure.

Mahlangu says the task team has actually also contacted the department to clarify the function of instructors unions in the processwhile doing so so there is no space for further corruption.

At the exact same time, he states a forensic system is investigating 38 cases which have affordable premises for suspicion and there is a genuine possibility of criminal charges.


The department spokens it can only do something about it versus educators identified in the report once the forensic device has completed investigations in August.

The task team was produced to probe accusations raised by the media in 2014.

The team spokens educators who have actually been identified in the report needs to be reported to the cops, while those who cannot examine appointments ought to face corrective hearings.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

Education Buzz For Sunday, May 22

University High wins 10th straight National Academic Decathlon title

University High School won its 10th straight National Academic Decathlon Small School Championship title at the virtual finals in late April with a rating of 36,306.80 out of a possible 48,000 points.

UHS was represented by coach Sean Canfield and group members Fayyaz Ahamed, Philip Canoza, Lillian Torres, Hanna Anderson, Lauren Antt, Joshua Stair, Michael Perales, Michael Seley and Nathaniel Whitaker.

The United States Academic Decathlon consists of 10 events in a scholastic competition for groups of high school students.Fresno County Workplace of Ed honors 8 WISE schools 8 Fresno County schools

-5 from Central Unified – will be honored with the Superintedent’s Design Arts(SMART) award, the Fresno County Office of Education said.The schools being honored are: El Capitan Middle, Harvest

Elementary, Madison Elementary James K. Polk Elementary and River Bluff Elementary, Central Unified; Indianola Elementary, Selma Unified; and Jefferson Elementary and Quail Lake Environmental Charter, Sanger Unified.The awards ceremony is May 24 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel located at 2233 Ventura St. in downtown Fresno.The schools are getting recognition for accomplishing equity and offering access to top quality arts education programs for their students, the office of education said.The event will include performances by students from the honored schools. The event is complimentary and available to the general public.

Clovis teacher wins unique ed award An instructor from Clovis Unified School District was bestowed the Special

Ed Teacher of the Year Award on Might 11 at a banquet sponsored by Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education Meaghan Young, a resource expert app instructor at Gettysburg Primary school, was provided the award at the Carolyn Dobbs Special Education Instructor of the Year Banquet.UCLA honors grad Rafer Johnson Rafer Johnson, the Kingsburg High School graduate who went on to become a two-time Olympian and later assisted start Special Olympics, has a new honor: the UCLA Medal.That title was bestowed on him Might 17 in recognition of his deal with Special Olympics.Johnson went to UCLA and earned a degree in athletics. He got a silver medal in the 1956 Olympics as

a decathlete, and after that won the gold in the competition 4 years later. As captain of the United States

Olympic team, he was the very first African American to carry the American flag throughout opening ceremonies.The UCLA Medal was established in 1979 as a method to honor graduates whose work exhibits the ideals of the university.FCOE receives $100,000 arts grant The Fresno County Office of Education is getting a$ 100,000 Artwork grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.FCOE will utilize the

grant to broaden the Any Given Kid program to rural school districts that are restoring the arts for students. Any Offered Kid is a collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Carrying out Arts that leverages community resources to supply a top quality arts education for all transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students.Welty scholarship started at CHSU California Health Sciences University has actually developed the John Welty and Sharon

Brown-Welty Scholarship Endowment with an initial anonymous promise of $50,000. The pledge and an objective to enhance the endowment to $500,000 was announced during a reception honoring the Weltys for their efforts to increase access to higher education in the Valley. John Welty functioned as president of Fresno State from 1991 till his retirement in 2013. CHSU was established by the Assemi family in 2012. It prepares to open up to 10 post-graduate colleges to train health care specialists.

John Swinney Wants ‘Space’ To Take On Education Problems

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copyright PA.< figcaption class = media-caption > Image caption. John Swinney has actually been tasked with taking forward the top concern of the Scottish federal government.

Scotlands new education secretary has actually requested for a bit of area and time to start taking on difficulties in the sector, 4 days into the job.John Swinneys

comments on BBC Scotland can be found in response to a danger of commercial action by Scotlands largest teaching union.The EIS is worried that brand-new school certifications will lead to a huge boost in instructor workloads.Mr Swinney said he was willingwanted to pay attention to all concerns.The Scottish government has made education its

top concern -particularly, closing the attainment gap which exists in between pupils from the least and most deprived backgrounds.