A lack of time and devices are among the top obstacles that teachers and administrators face when adopting digital learning, according to a survey by education-technology company Schoology. Most survey respondents said digital learning improved student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
More educators, such as California fifth-grade teacher Tammy Dunbar and New York teacher Amy Rosenstein, are using Skype to introduce their students to guest speakers from around the globe. Dunbar says the sessions teach students empathy and compassion for others, while Rosenstein says the talks spark interest in learning about other parts of the world.
Peer feedback can enhance students' portfolios and spark helpful discussions, writes Lisa Johnson, who works at a K-12 one-to-one iPad school district in Texas. In this blog post, she shares several ways educators can engage students in such discussions.
More colleges and universities are adding graduate programs -- both online and on campus -- to generate income for undergraduate programs, some higher-education experts say. Some criticize the move, pointing to data that show rising tuition for graduate programs has left more students in debt.
Educators used social media and Google Docs to build a network with other principals to help schools in Texas affected by the storm Harvey. Ronny Snow's school in the northern part of Texas raised supplies, clothes, food and other items for one school in Dayton, where the principal used social media to help distribute the supplies.
A teacher in Texas used Facebook Live to bring lessons to her students when schools were closed following storm Harvey. Shanna Lumpkin used a mobile app to alert parents to the online lessons, which included reading the book "What Do You Do With a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada, which she had planned to read to students on their first day in the classroom.
Rather than focusing on bullying prevention, school leaders should work to promote a positive school climate, asserts Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age. In this commentary, she shares several steps to help achieve this goal, including the launch of a "kindness campaign."
Texas Instruments has announced a new robot designed for middle- and high-school instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. TI-Innovator Rover is expected to be available to schools in the US and Canada in the fall.
Minorities may be psyching themselves out of succeeding in science, technology, engineering and math fields, researchers from San Francisco State University say. Researchers have identified a "stereotype threat," in which people are concerned about reinforcing a negative stereotype, and have developed an online tutorial to help educate students about this phenomena.
A "shout out" to Washington, D.C., public schools from comedian Dave Chappelle during Sunday night's Emmy Awards caused the hashtag #DCPublicSchools to trend on Twitter. The school system replied with tongue-in-cheek tweets of its own.
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