About half of educators say they use vendor reports to find education-technology products, but just 24% say they trust vendors to conduct reliable research, according to an Education Research Perspectives survey. Survey respondents say schools and districts, research firms and education nonprofit organizations are best-suited to perform valid studies on these tools.
Students who multitask with devices during class -- taking lecture notes while scrolling social media -- can process information in the moment but will struggle to retain that information long term, according to a study published in the journal Educational Psychology. The researchers also report lower exam performance and risk of distracting other students.
District 27J, in Colorado, is anticipating $1 million in savings after switching to a four-day schedule for the new school year. The district, which serves 18,000 students, has extended the school day by 40 minutes and will offer child care to compensate for the extra day off.
New learning spaces -- including active classrooms and makerspaces -- and increased use of analytics technologies are the leading education-technology trends in higher education, according to an Educause report. More long-term trends include artificial intelligence, open educational resources and use of adaptive-learning technologies, the report showed.
Students in Texas school districts are learning math in a more conceptual way instead of relying on rote memorization. The process can be confusing for some parents when it comes to homework, says Marcy Corley, Frisco Independent School District's elementary and math coordinator, so her district created online videos to help parents understand the methods.
Driving student performance cannot happen unless administrators can thoughtfully and ethically analyze data, according to a Data Quality Campaign report. Researchers say state policymakers can support administrators by improving access to data, promoting data-use skills and protecting student information.
Middle- and high-school students in Western New York are designing prosthetic hands for children through the Hand in Hand project organized by the WNY STEM Hub. The hands will be manufactured by an East Aurora company and given to three local children and two in other countries.
Pioneer High School and Sharyland High School in Texas are offering students a 40-hour course to help them earn certification to pilot a drone. Students in this portion of the career and technical education program will then study the rest of the year how drones are used in damage assessments and search and rescue operations.
Social pressures, academic expectations and concerns about personal safety are among the stressors some students wrestle with as they return to school, Theresa Woodard writes. Clinical psychologist Nicholas Westers says anxiety does serve useful purposes, but if a child begins losing sleep or refuses to go to school, then parents should consult a physician.
Poor professional development for teachers and lack of home internet access for students are among the reasons teachers struggle to integrate technology in their classroom, Brendon Hyndman writes in this commentary. Training sessions aimed at addressing different tech scenarios and a community that lets teachers share practices can help ease this process, Hyndman says.
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