We’re on the cusp of a transformational time in education. As we start the new year, education experts are delving into how many organizations, parents, tutors, teachers and businesses are coping with challenges within the educational world. In some cases, parents are starting test prep as early as age 4 in order to get them into grammar school. In other cases, non-profit organizations are dealing with an influx of children left homeless from the 2010 housing crisis.

This week we take a look at the current state of affairs and consider what steps should be taken by education officials in the upcoming decade.

More children tutored to get into grammar schools

by Graeme Paton, Telegraph UK

An interesting story coming out of the UK begs the question, “How young is too young to start test preparation?”

In the UK children as young as 4 years old are being tutored in an effort to help them pass highly-competitive grammar school tests.

In tough times, schools try to keep homeless student’s education on track

by Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times

When thousands of California residents lost their homes and faced eviction during the 2008-2010 housing crisis, many young students found themselves way behind in coursework. In recent months, tutoring centers in the area also saw an uptick in students attending their after-school programs. These children are homeless and living in shelters which often don’t open up until evening. This provides a safe environment for at-risk youth to stay and learn and keep them off the streets.

However, some children are harder to reach. They need a non profit which will come directly to them.

Enter School on Wheels, a non profit which is responsible for training hundreds of tutors in the Los Angeles area. These tutors go on location to parks, libraries and other public places in order to educate the many children left homeless this year.

Why Low Performing Schools Need Digital Media

by Craig Watkins, Huffington Post

What would happen if communities with a high concentration of latino and African American teens inspired them to use their mobile phones not only to game and listen to music, but as learning devices.

In this fascinating article, Craig Watkins explains how some community leaders are using mobil to help drive engagement within low income, low performing schools with a high concentration of latino and black youth.

Education Cares About Technology, But Do Technologists Care About Education?

by Merdith Ely, Guestblogger for Huffington Post

In this interesting article, Meredith Ely, marketing manager for LearnBoost discusses how difficult is may be for technologists to truly understand the needs of educators. Though many technologists support education, very few actually have experience working in technology and education.

However, she argues that technology companies are in a unique and possibly lucrative position should they decide to innovate in education rather than in some other field.

by Yury Lifshits, Mashable

Mashable, the premire social media blog, has always been a fantastic resource on tech, social and internet trends. However, as education technology opportunities expand, so do their helpful posts on the topic. This week, we take a look at the 100 Online Resources that are currently transforming education as we know it.

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