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The seating arrangements are compared to airport traffic patterns. The student schedules are called playlists. And lesson plans are generated by a complicated computer algorithm for the 80 students in the class, The New York Times reports. This could be the school of the future, according to the schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, who visited Middle School 131 in Chinatown on Tuesday to promote a pilot program, the School of One. The program, conducted in a converted library, consists mainly of students working individually or in small groups on laptop computers to complete math lessons in the form of quizzes, games and worksheets. Each student must take a quiz at the end of each day; the results are fed into a computer program to determine whether they will move on to a new topic the next day.  Mr. Klein said the program would allow learning in a way that no traditional classroom can, because it tailors each lesson to a student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the child’s interests.  “The model we are using throughout the United States in kindergarten-to-12th-grade education is fundamentally the same as it was 100 years ago,” Mr. Klein said. Now, he added, “we’re looking in a way that I don’t think anyone has looked at — at the way children learn, pacing them at their own pace, all of it tied to the mastery of content and skill and achievement.”

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Pearson eCollege, NESI Partner to Increase K12 Online Education Opportunities

 

 

Pearson eCollege and NonPublic Educational Services, Inc. (NESI) Partner to Increase K12

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NonPublic Educational Services, Inc. to Use Pearson eCollege to Enter New Online Markets

 

 

DENVER, July 22, 2009—Pearson eCollege and NonPublic Educational Services, Inc. (NESI) have announced a multi-year partnership to increase online K12 education opportunities for a wide range of high school students, including students from military families.  NESI will use Pearson eCollege’s integrated education technology environment to offer high school students a complete online learning solution, leading to greater, measurable success for NESI and its students.

 

Pearson eCollege is the leading global provider of online education technology, content solutions and support services at hundreds of successful blended and fully online academic programs and institutions.  NESI, which operates education and training programs and services for K12 students and members of the US military, selected Pearson eCollege because the company offers more than just a learning management system—Pearson eCollege combines on-demand cloud computing capabilities with Pearson’s world-class content, digital media and academic services.

 

Partnering with Pearson eCollege will enable NESI to enter new online markets serving more students with capabilities unmatched by any other provider. These new opportunities include an international, dual-degree program that allows high school students outside the US to earn both a local in-country degree and an online degree from Richard Milburn High School (RMHS), a subsidiary of NESI.  For the past five years, RMHS has operated a summer credit recovery program for the Department of Defense Education Authority (DODEA) serving high school-age dependents of US serviceman living abroad. RMHS offers a 12-month credit recovery program and a full academic year program for US high school students.  NESI and RMHS are also developing other online programs to serve evolving student needs for flexible online education options.

 

“We needed a partner who was willing to work directly with NESI, creatively and collaboratively, to create online learning solutions for our students. Pearson eCollege is a breath of fresh air,” said Rochelle Schneickert, Division Vice President at NESI.  “They were the only provider willing to support our concept for best-in-breed online education delivery.  With Pearson eCollege, we now have a learning environment partner that provides the most reliable learning network available, student information service (SIS) integration, support services we know we can trust, and a vast choice of curriculum.”

 

Both Pearson eCollege and NESI continually invest in services that enhance student achievement,” said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege.  “Our partnership with NESI will offer greater access to education opportunities via our connected learning environment, helping more students to compete in today’s competitive, technology-driven marketplace.”

 

            “We researched several online platforms before deciding that Pearson eCollege was the smart choice,” said Greg Shield, director of the Milburn High School Online programs at NESI.  “NESI chose a proven industry leader with a comprehensive solution that included the technology we needed.  The Pearson eCollege cloud-computing model reduced the overall risk of delivering courses online.”

 

 

 

 

About Pearson eCollege

Pearson eCollege enables educators to achieve measurable success for academic programs through on-demand solutions that advance and improve the teaching and learning experience for learners in multiple types of educational institutions and programs. Pearson eCollege provides integrated technology and services,  content solutions and multi-level user support that help students reach their academic goals. Pearson (LSE: PSON, NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. Pearson is dedicated to helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. In addition to Education, Pearson’s primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit www.ecollege.com or www.pearson.com.

 

Contact: Susan Aspey, Susan.aspey@pearson.com or (347) 421-2473

 

 

About NonPublic Educational Services, Inc.    

NESI, founded in 1978, provides educational services in three main areas: Compensatory educational services  (Title I and SES programs); Milburn Schools (public charter schools, contract high schools, and Milburn High School Online) and military education and training programs to US armed forces (in the US and abroad). NESI’s online programs are accredited by CITA, DETC and SACS. In addition, NESI is CITA certified as an education company, one of only 10 Education Industry Association (EIA) members to have this designation. In 2006, NESI’s founder and CEO, Robert H. Crosby, was awarded the James P Boyle Award for “Entrepreneurial Leadership” by the EIA. NESI is based in Salem, Massachusetts, employs 1,000 people, and operates in 18 states. This year, over 20,000 students will be taught by NESI.  For more information, visit www.NESIeducation.org.

 

Contact: Rochelle Schneickert, rschneickert@NESIeducation.org or (703-) 494-7882 ext. 104

 

 

 

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EQUITRAC EXPRESS PRINT MANAGEMENT SOLUTION REDUCES PRINT COSTS BY 45% ON PRIVATE SCHOOL CAMPUS

 

Equitrac Corporation’s print management system, Equitrac Express® is successfully managing the print network and reducing print waste at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Working in partnership with IKON Office Solutions, a Ricoh company, the school implemented Equitrac Express one year ago to help manage faculty and student print output and distribution. According to Jeff Gaier, Archbishop Moeller High School Technology Director, the school has reduced print and copy costs by 45% in one year. The solution has exceeded expectations for every goal of the project.
 
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“Equitrac Express can reduce costs dramatically by making users more accountable and giving them more flexibility,” said Scott Folcarelli, Regional Director of ProfessionalServices,IKON Office Solutions. “In fact, we often find that the return on investment from this solution is less than one year, plus schools love the environmental benefits of reduced paper, toner and power usage.”“The print controls in the Equitrac solution have enabled us to better manage output which has reduced our overall print costs significantly,” said Gaier. “Our old way of printing had no accountability. We were generating an incredible amount of print waste on a daily basis.
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“Print management in the education market continues to provide opportunities for improving workflows, reducing print waste and controlling print and copy costs,” said Equitrac Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing Jim Kano. “Equitrac remains steadfast in its commitment to servicing the needs of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, delivering innovative management technologies that positively impact the bottom line.” 
 
To learn more about how Archbishop Moeller High School overcame its print management challenges with Equitrac Express, click here to listen to a webcast hosted by Archbishop Moeller’s Jeff Gaier and Jim Booth Director of Ancillary Services at University of Lethbridge. 
 
For more about Equitrac solutions for the education market, please visit www.equitrac.com/solutions_edu.asp.
 
About Equitrac Corporation
Making documents count for over 30 years, Equitrac is the leading provider of solutions to authenticate, authorize and account for use of today’s multifunction printers, copiers, faxes and scanners. We’re home to the best-funded R&D program, global alliances with leading manufacturers and the largest team of print management experts in the world. Equitrac device-embedded and terminal-based software works with all leading equipment manufacturers, and supports systems already in use, including college and university campus card systems, providing measurable results for any organization that needs to make networked printing more manageable, economical, convenient and secure.
 
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IKON Office Solutions, Inc. (www.ikon.com), a Ricoh company, is a leading provider of innovative document management systems and services, enabling customers to improve document workflow and increase efficiency.  IKON integrates copiers, printers and MFP technologies, and document management software and systems, to deliver tailored, high-value solutions, implemented and supported by its team of services professionals.  IKON leverages the manufacturing and engineering expertise of Ricoh, a more than $20 billionglobal technology innovator, with the experience and reach of its locally based sales and services teams, to provide end-to-end solutions and one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of document management services, including on-site and off-site managed services, technical service and support, and customized workflow design and implementation.
 
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Gates: U.S. ed has no choice but to improve

The U.S. must improve its educational standing in the world by rewarding effective teaching and by developing better, universal measures of performance for students and teachers, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said on July 21.

Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual legislative summit, Gates told hundreds of lawmakers how federal stimulus money should be used to spark educational innovation, spread best practices, and improve accountability.

Gates has been a longtime critic of American public schools and has used philanthropy to advocate for a better educational system.

U.S. schools lag behind their international counterparts because of "old beliefs and bad habits," and it’s not clear how to get them back on track without uniform achievement standards, he said.

"We don’t know the answers, because we’re not even asking the right questions and making the right measurements," Gates said.

He urged legislators to ask colleges and universities in their districts to publish their graduation rates. The institutions should be rewarded with funding based on the number of degrees granted, not just students enrolled, Gates said.

Teachers, too, should be rewarded for effectiveness and not just for seniority and master’s degrees, he said.

Gates suggested that developing data to identify the best instructors should be a priority for legislators, even in a tight economy. Better teachers are more likely to result in higher achievement than other approaches such as lowering class size, he said.

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The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spent nearly $4 billion between 2000 and 2008 to improve America’s high schools and award scholarships, primarily to low-income and minority students.

Its aim is to increase the U.S. graduation rate from about 70 percent to 80 percent and to double the number of low-income adults who get a degree or certificate beyond high school by age 26.

Gates, 51, talked of the importance of improving the quality, quantity, and searchability of online lectures, which he noted his own children have used.

Community colleges and other financially strapped schools might find online lectures to be the most cost-effective way to teach introductory courses such as Physics 101, Gates said. The savings could then be spent on student-oriented discussions and lab sessions.

"The world of education is the sector of the economy so far the least changed by technology," Gates said. "Ten years from now, that won’t be the case, and these online lectures are the cutting edge of that."

Kentucky state Rep. Kent Stevens, a retired principal who spent nearly 28 years in education, said after Gates’ speech that public school teachers do a good job with the vast mission they’ve been given.

"We have to provide an appropriate education to anybody that walks through the door," said Stevens, a Democrat from Lawrenceburg, Ky. "That’s a wide variety."

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Singularity University students catch on quick, a fact proven this month when one student secured a domain name, launched a web site, and turned a profit all during an hour-long lecture on finance and entrepreneurship.

Launched in June, Singularity University was born from the ideas of educational and technological visionaries and focuses on cross-disciplinary principles that have attracted 40 of the most qualified international students. From nanotechnology to cognitive computing, to future studies and forecasting, Singularity students in the midst of an intensive nine-week course said studying the intersections of complex topics has offered a better understanding of problems, and their potential solutions, in an interconnected world.

"We’ve clearly hit some kind of zeitgeist here based on the quality of students we’ve gotten attention from," said Salim Ismail, the California-based university’s executive director and former head of Yahoo’s product-developing business unit. "It’s kind of humbling, actually. You can feel unqualified talking to some of these students."

Singularity is based on the ideas explored in co-founder Ray Kurzweil’s best-selling book, "The Singularity is Near," which documents the exponential advancement of technology and its implications for mankind. Forty of 1,200 applicants were chosen for the first Singularity class–including award-winning scholars and a student who received a perfect GRE score–and expert lecturers have helped the class grasp the planet’s most pressing problems, such as pandemics and global hunger.

"We have evolved as a species to think ‘locally’ and ‘linearly,’ and [the university] is focused on teaching how to think ‘globally’ and ‘exponentially,’" Peter Diamandis, the university’s vice chancellor and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, wrote in a Singularity blog post July 7. "This is not an institution which seeks to compete with the MITs, Stanfords, or Oxfords of the world, but rather to complement those existing programs in a meaningful and unique fashion."

Singularity is based in the NASA Ames Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif., and runs side by side with International Space University.

Shawna Pandya, a Singularity student who has degrees in neuroscience and space studies from the University of Alberta in Canada, said the school’s application of complex issues attracted her to the university.

"I’ve always been very, very motivated by the two extremes of humanity, surviving and thriving," said Pandya, 25, a University of Alberta medical student. "I’ve wanted to explore…how to push the boundaries of how we create and invent."

Pandya said she wrote a 300-word essay to hurdle the first round of application screening, then a 1,000-word essay, explaining why she considered herself an expert in neuroscience and space studies. 

"It was pretty intense," she said. "But when I head about the university, there was no question about it, I had to sign up, and I had to apply."

Pandya and her 39 classmates pay $25,000 for the nine-week course that ends Aug. 29. Singularity’s executive programs later this year will cost between $12,000 and $15,000, depending on the length of each program. The nine-week course will expand to 120 students next year, university officials said, and distance learning courses could be offered sometime next year, although details have not yet been released. Ismail said several governments have asked Singularity to establish an online learning program.

Learning how fields as disparate as gene therapy and 3D printing, for example, can address pressing worldwide problems before they spread and affect entire populations would be a central focus in the next six weeks of Singularity classes, Ismail said.

"The financial crisis…and swine flu were both rooted in exponential factors," he said. "When the next big crisis hits, the next generation of leaders needs to spot exponential trends."

Students aren’t just learning from the most respected technology experts in the world–such as Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist George Smoot III–but using some of the most advanced educational technology to navigate the dense coursework, Ismail said.

The Singularity class has used EtherPad, a web-based tool for real-time text collaboration, throughout the university’s first semester. EtherPad lets students using different computers write on the same document, a function that comes in handy during extended note-taking sessions with the world’s most renowned technologists. Not even the popular Google Docs program allows real-time editing, instead taking up to 15 seconds for document changes to appear.

"It is honestly a think tank here," said Pandya, adding that students have recently dubbed the Singularity campus "sleepless U" after a rigorous day of 14 hours of lectures and workshops. "It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes endurance, but it’s hard not to be drawn in by it."

Links:

Singularity University

International Space University

Part One of eSN.tv’s video interview with Ray Kurzweil

Part Two of eSN.tv’s video interview with Ray Kurzweil

Part Three of eSN.tv’s video interview with Ray Kurzweil

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