Effort shows value of coaching for teachers | Data: Nearly half of students distracted by tech | Tips for QR code use in instruction
July 10, 2019
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Effort shows value of coaching for teachers
Effort shows value of coaching for teachers
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The Dynamic Learning Project, supported by Google for Education, Digital Promise and EdTechTeam, was launched to showcase the value of effective coaching on teachers. In this commentary, Jennie Magiera, EdTechTeam's Chief Program Officer, describes the project's work and its findings.
EdSurge (7/9) 
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Data: Nearly half of students distracted by tech
A new study found that 49% of graduate students use their cellphones or laptops to check social media or browse the Internet during class, something that bothered the majority of instructors. Most professors say they ignore the distraction, but 33% say they've incorporated technology into their classrooms.
Inside Higher Ed (7/10) 
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Systems Management
Ariz. State U. turns to tech for reverse transfers
Arizona State University is implementing blockchain technology to improve reverse transfers for students to help them get credit for courses taken at community colleges to complete their degrees. Officials have begun using the platform with one community college and are seeking ways to scale it to bring in more schools.
Inside Higher Ed (7/9) 
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Managing Budgets
Budgets increase for campus IT, networking
Only about a third of colleges and universities this year have annual IT and networking budgets of more than $2.5 million, but that's nearly triple the number from last year, according to a survey from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. Most institutions budgeted between $750,000 and $2.5 million for IT networking with funding coming from different sources, including student fees.
Campus Technology (7/8) 
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Report: Shrinking funding hurts smaller colleges
Report: Shrinking funding hurts smaller colleges
A new report from S&P Global shows that the colleges most likely to remain strong in the shrinking enrollments and state funding landscape are larger institutions with more diversified resources. State and regional colleges are more likely to face the possibility of closure or mergers than larger private, better-endowed institutions, the data show.
Education Dive (7/9) 
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Schools and Social Media
Pa. colleges required to provide online assault reporting
A new state law makes Pennsylvania colleges and universities the first ones in the nation to be required to develop and implement an online anonymous system for students to report campus sexual assaults. The system also will offer students internal immunity if they report underage drinking or drug use, but does not bar them from outside criminal charges.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (tiered subscription model) (7/9),  New Castle News (Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (7/9) 
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Last Byte
Report: US leads in peak 5G speeds
Peak 5G speeds in the US are almost three times as fast as the top 4G speeds, topping out at 1.8 gigabits per second, and are the fastest in the world, OpenSignal reports in an analysis covering eight countries. The company, which noted that 5G speeds will continue to accelerate, said most European countries are lagging behind the US, Switzerland and South Korea.
RCR Wireless News (7/8) 
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Editor's Note
Call for Speakers: STEM Pathways Summit 2019
Are you an expert in an area of STEM/STEAM education? Do you want to share your story and strategies with your peers? If so, submit a speaker proposal today for SmartBrief Education's sixth annual STEM Pathways Summit in Washington, D.C. The event takes place at the District Architecture Center on Thursday, Oct. 24. Submit a proposal. Learn more about the event.
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