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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorSeveral interesting announcements over the past month related to procurement practices in the K-12 market. As public entities school districts are often required to abide by procurement guidelines that mandate competitive bidding and strict contractual agreements. While meant to protect schools and encourage lowest cost purchasing, the process is cumbersome and time consuming. Schools continue to seek ways to purchase that are both more cost effective and efficient.

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Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Voyager Sopris LearningBetter Learning Through Real-Time Adaptivity and Artificial Intelligence

Browse to any of your favorite news feeds, and you are likely to run across a piece on how artificial intelligence is changing the way we look at everything. Advances in artificial intelligence, specifically in machine learning and deep learning, hold immense promise for providing better learning opportunities and helping more students and teachers achieve their full potential. These advances allow for real-time adaptivity and will greatly improve the classroom ecosystem. Some of the benefits include:

  1. Leveling of the playing field for all students with applications for every learner
  2. Optimized student learning in a more engaging way, leading to improved persistence and self confidence
  3. An optimized classroom ecosystem that improves both teacher and student performance
  4. Discovery of what works and doesn’t work and the ability to keep learners on a sustainable path of continuous improvement

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamHey everybody, happy Friday. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia. I like that thought a lot! You are likely already spreading kindness, but think today about the smallest of ways you might make a difference in someone else's life. And....be sure to read my scoops!

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States Propel Students To Success in Advanced Placement

Research shows states and districts are expanding Advanced Placement access and success for public high school students, including efforts to secure funding for low-income students via new funding sources. The AP Program Results: Class of 2016 released today shows an increase in both the participation and passing rates for the high school graduating class of 2016. The data show the number of public high school students taking at least one AP Exam has almost doubled in 10 years from 645,000 for the class of 2006 to 1.1 million students in the class of 2016. Since 2006, the percentage of U.S. students taking AP classes and then earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam has grown by 7.6 points from 14.3% to 21.9% of public high school graduates.

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Publishers Offer 11 Tips for Choosing a Digital Resource for the Classroom

With about one third of new PreK-12 educational materials including a digital component, digital products play a large role in the classroom. Among the many tools available for teachers are software, learning management platforms, stand-alone games, and textbook bundles that include digital components like apps, web- or cloud-based programs, eBooks, or video. The scope and variety of available products – both print and digital – can provide a challenge for teachers and school districts in identifying the resources that best benefit their students.

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