More Research On Precisely What Works for English Language Learners

Cue new research from one of the regional labs in the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences: “The Correlates of Academic Performance for English Language Learner Students in a New England District.” While it’s not directed specifically at early education, the study does offer analysis of how well various language support programs support ELLs’ academic performance.

3 maps that show school segregation in the US

In nearly all states, white students go to school with other white students, and black students go to school with black students. You can see that segregation in these maps from the Urban Institute.
American schools are, in a way, getting more diverse: they are projected to majority-minority for the first time this year. But that statistic hides the truth about schools’ racial makeup. Even as students become more diverse, many are attending classes with other kids who look like them.
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3 maps that show school segregation in the US

In nearly all states, white students go to school with other white students, and black students go to school with black students. You can see that segregation in these maps from the Urban Institute.

American schools are, in a way, getting more diverse: they are projected to majority-minority for the first time this year. But that statistic hides the truth about schools’ racial makeup. Even as students become more diverse, many are attending classes with other kids who look like them.

How Much Time Do Students Worldwide Spend In Classrooms?

Where are children going to school the longest? The graphic below looks at primary to tertiary education life expectancy around the globe.
There are 8 countries where students spend an average of 17-20 years in school: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Finland 
There are 5 countries where students spend an average of 0-5 years in school: Senegal, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Niger
The vast majority of countries for which data was available show that students spend between 10-15 years in school on average
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How Much Time Do Students Worldwide Spend In Classrooms?

Where are children going to school the longest? The graphic below looks at primary to tertiary education life expectancy around the globe.

  • There are 8 countries where students spend an average of 17-20 years in school: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Finland
  • There are 5 countries where students spend an average of 0-5 years in school: Senegal, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Niger
  • The vast majority of countries for which data was available show that students spend between 10-15 years in school on average

Important Questions About Technology and Learning

  1. What do we want technology to do in schools?
  2. Does more money equal increased learning?
  3. If we buy a lot of expensive technology and sometimes use it ineffectively, or dangerously, what does that get us?
  4. Are we asking the right questions about technology, learning, and schools?
  5. What world will our students exit school into?
  6. What skills will they need to be successful? Collaboration - Communication - Creativity - Divergent thinking
  7. We need technology to help foster these skills, and point our students in the right direction
  8. Is the way we are using technology now turning our students ‘off’ to the people and the world around them?

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Fraunhofer IIS presents world’s first emotion detection app on Google Glass

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has adapted its SHORE™ real-time face detection and analysis software to work with Google Glass:

Fraunhofer IIS presents a real-time* face tracker on Google Glass that can read people’s emotions. At the same time it also estimates age and gender of persons in front of Glass’ camera. Privacy is important: everything happens inside Glass – no image leaves the device. Detection is anonymous – no facial recognition. The app is based on SHORE, Fraunhofer’s proprietary software library for real-time facial detection and analysis. Emotion analysis on wearable devices has endless applications. E.g. it can be used in aids for people suffering from ASD (autism spectrum disorders) or for visually impaired.

(* low frame rate shown in the video is due to a bottleneck in the technique used to mirror Glass’ display on a computer monitor.)

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