More than 35,000 students and teachers have tested and given feedback on a free, trial version of Minecraft: Education Edition. The full version, to be released Nov. 1, will add features such as a companion app for teachers to use in the classroom.
Students in some schools are using virtual and augmented reality to learn about subjects such as art, science, geography and social studies. Science lessons in a Colorado school district include virtual tours of the human heart.
The first 2016 presidential debate is scheduled for Monday. Lesson plan ideas highlighted in this article include having students come up with pre-debate advice for the candidates, post-debate analysis of how the candidates and the moderator performed and a review of debates from past campaigns.
Teachers' perceptions of their principals may align closely with their perceptions of working conditions, according to a study published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The finding suggests principals play important roles in teacher retention, study author Susan Burkhauser says.
Two US lawmakers have introduced legislation that aims to boost low-income students' access to college and their likelihood of graduating. Under the bill, colleges that do not add low-income students would be charged a fee to stay in the federal student aid program.
In the Peoria Unified School District in Arizona, approximately 42% of all students participate in a career and technical education program with offerings ranging from medical technology to culinary arts. The district consults advisory councils made up of business, government and education leaders to align programs with workforce needs.
Quoting "Star Wars," using cat templates and listing smoking as a hobby are among the worst mistakes applicants have made on resumes during the past year, according to a CareerBuilder survey of HR managers. CareerBuilder says that 43% of hiring managers spend less than a minute viewing a resume, so applicants need to stand out by customizing resumes to fit specific positions and by listing skills -- without misspellings.
A mental-health service provider has opened an inclusive preschool in Colorado that addresses students' special needs and serves mostly its neighboring low-income residents. Through a mixture of state, city and school district funding, the center provides therapy services and instruction with about a dozen adults serving 45 students in three classrooms.
A Colorado middle school's reform efforts are being credited for significant academic growth among seventh- and eighth-graders on state assessments. Initiatives include joint planning time for teachers to create writing lessons across all academic subjects, and morning student meetings aimed at improving school climate.
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