College and Career Readiness through Blended Learning

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Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Tips for Building a Digital Citizenship Curriculum

by Michelle Ciccone | Blended Learning SPECIALIST

This year, JFYNetWorks worked with Revere High School to develop and implement a digital citizenship curriculum within the school’s civics class. Our blog post back in May explained why we believe it’s important for schools to address issues of digital citizenship. Digital citizenship includes a lot of really important things, like teaching students to vet and analyze information found on the Internet; to treat with respect other members of the online communities they take part in; and to use digital tools to actively engage with 21st century civic institutions. Schools consider numeracy and literacy essential to preparing young people for success in life. In our digital age, isn’t digital citizenship essential as well?

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Grapes for the Grabbing – employment report trumpets job gains… again

by Gary Kaplan, JFYNetWorks Executive Director

In the Greek myth, Tantalus is condemned to an eternity of torment. Every time he reaches for the ripe grapes that dangle over his head, the boughs recede from his grasp. This is the torment visited upon a large segment of our workforce every time the monthly employment report trumpets job gains. Yes, jobs are being created. But almost all the net gain is in jobs that require a college degree.

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Digital Natives
image credit: Flickr via John Morgan

Responsible Digital Citizenry

by Michelle Ciccone; JFYNetWorks Blended Learning Specialist

We call young people today “digital natives” because they’ve never known a time when the Internet, smart phones and social networks were not a part of everyday life. We believe that young people are somehow naturally endowed with certain capabilities when it comes to working with digital devices and the Internet.

While this may seem true because we older folks struggle to keep up with the ever-changing technological landscape – feeling like “digital immigrants” on the flipside of the “digital native” narrative – assuming that all young people have these capabilities glosses over the actual experience for so many in the infosphere.

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JFYNetWorks College and Career Readiness through Blended Learning

Announcing Launch of JFYNetWorks Redesigned Website

By: Patti Parisella, JFYNetWorks Fiscal Director

JFYNetWorks is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website, www.jfynet.org. We invite you to explore the site to learn about how we use blended learning to help high school youth build skills for college and careers.

As you navigate the new site, notice that the home page provides easy access to recent blog posts and a donation form. Please read about JFYNetWorks’ mission to create opportunity through blended learning on the “About Us” page. “Our Programs” describes the many ways JFYNetWorks makes a difference in students’ lives by working closely with schools to bring online resources into the classroom and empower teachers to customize instruction to the individual needs of their students.

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JFYNetWorks has re-invented itself again. Now we’re in the forefront of College and Career Readiness, and our antennae are alive to all signals.

INNOVATION - It's in JFYs DNA

It’s in our DNA

JFYNetWorks has re-invented itself –again.

Now we’re in the forefront of College and Career Readiness.

JFYNetWorks has re-invented itself —again. It isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. Innovation is our idiom, our instinct, our identity. It’s entwined in our DNA.

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Uprepared for College - Gollege Preparedness JFYNetWorkse in HS

WSJ: Unprepared for Community CollegeThe Wall Street Journal published a recent letter to its editor penned by Gary Kaplan, Executive Director of JFYNetWorks

2/26/15 – Wall Street Journal publication found here. The letter in its entirety found below.

The main reason for community colleges’ low graduation rate is low academic skills.

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Test points to need for better college-prep support

Lowell Sun 2/1/15 | By Amelia Pak-Harvey

Higher education is not producing enough graduates to supply the state’s work force.

BEDFORD — Middlesex Community College student William Russell, 20, wants to pursue criminal justice in school, eventually transferring to UMass Lowell to earn his master’s degree.