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April 15, 2016

[NEW POST] Making The Most Of The 2016 ASU GSV Summit

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The Unofficial Guide to the 2016 ASU GSV Summit
The annual ASU GSV Summit will be here next week. What began eight years ago as a modest event put on by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, an investment firm, to enable investors to hear presentations from about 50 education start-ups has transformed into a central showcase for investors and companies scouting the next big thing in education technology.

In its short history, the ASU GSV conference has acquired a reputation as the meet-cute spot for ed tech investors and executives seeking to develop relationships with start-ups that could lead to acquisitions.

If you haven’t signed up yet, register soon! There will be an estimated 3,200 attendees. If you are already planning to attend, we have put together an unofficial guide with five things you should do before and during the conference.

1. Make a List of Who You Want to Meet and RESEARCH Them

The major point of going to many conferences is the chance to meet colleagues, speakers, investors, or presenters whom you follow, engage with, and who influence you. Don’t be nervous about introducing yourself to them because they want to meet you as well to hear new ideas, learn about new products, and get your feedback on their presentation…

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Take a look back at some of our
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Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success
4.7.2016, FuelEd Contributor: Ashley Shorter
A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide. While this may sound like a familiar role in a traditional brick-and-mortar teaching environment, when it comes to online and blended learning a mentor role takes on a new life. So, what does a mentor in an online and blended environment look like?

What Is a Mentor in a Blended and Online Learning?

In an online and blended learning environment, it is imperative to make sure that students stay on task even as they have more control of the  pacing their own learning. This is where a mentor comes in. A mentor can be a school-appointed teacher, volunteer, a parent, or really anyone who is responsible for a student’s academic success.

A mentor is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that students are logging in to their online classes
  • Being in constant contact with students’ online instructors
  • Acting as liaison between students and their teachers and administrators…
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Increasing Student Retention: How Can We Help Students?
3.31.2016, FuelEd Contributor: Lainney Ballew
How can we help struggling students so they don’t drop out? In order to help them, we really need to identify why they are struggling and why we are losing them.
Some, but certainly not all, reasons students drop out are that they:
  • Are falling behind in class and in their grades, which makes them feel unable catch up—so they give up hope and lose motivation
  • Need to help support their families in various ways, and so they are unable to attend traditional brick-and-mortar schools
  • Feel their learning needs aren’t being met by traditional methods
  • Feel as though no one cares whether or not they succeed in school
  • Don’t understand why they are learning things in school that they feel they cannot apply to their everyday lives
Remediation Options
Many students drop out of high school simply because they feel that they are so far behind they will never be able to catch up. These are the students who have lost all hope in themselves and the education system. Out of embarrassment, these students also don’t want their peers to know how far behind they really are.

The issue of students falling behind and being unable to catch up has become such a vital and desperate issue that some school districts now award elective credits to students who complete remediation work. In order to make time for credit recovery and remediation, schools offer struggling students schedule options before and after school, during study hall, at home, or in a variety of alternative settings; basically, any time free time in the day that can be used to catch students up will work.

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