Technology has not yet killed the reliable old TI-83. Nearly 20 years later, students are still forced to use a prohibitively expensive piece of outdated technology. It's not because better tools aren't available; they exist, and some of them are even free. It's because Texas Instruments, the company that creates them, has a staggering monopoly in the field of high school mathematics. The American education system is addicted to Texas Instruments.
From Will Richardson - Built on the idea of North Star in Massachusetts, it strips away almost all of the bureaucracy of school as we know it and just focuses on kids and learning. The more I dive in, the more sense it makes.
“We've found that traditional hiring, which is based primarily on credentials, is a terrible approach for junior roles," says Nick Sedlet, the co-founder of HireArt. “The labor market is changing much faster than colleges can keep up.”
We weighed other factors in our decision:
• Standardized test scores do not predict a student’s success at our college.
• SATs/ACTs are strongly biased against low-income students and students of color, at a time when diversity is critical to our mission.
• We surveyed our students and learned not one of them had considered rankings when choosing to apply to colleges; instead they most cared about a college’s mission.
• Some good students are bad test takers, particularly under stress, such as when a test may grant or deny college entry. Multiple-choice tests don’t reveal much about a student.
• We’ve developed much better, fairer ways to assess students who will thrive at our college.
From Ken Halla -
WeVideo is an app that you can add in Google Drive or sign up for separately. As with everything else here, it is free and pretty amazing as it lets you add in sound, video, words, effects, etc. Best of all, you can use it with your students in groups as it lets them collaborate much as one can do on a document in Google Drive.