The World Health Organization announced this week that it is now listing "gaming disorder" among its recognized mental disorders. Liz Kolb, a clinical associate professor of teacher education and learning technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that educational gaming and games should not be viewed through the same lens.
Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.
Most school districts don't have a policy about what personal information teachers should share with their students, says Julie Underwood, a professor of education law, policy and practice at the University of Wisconsin, but she suggests teachers share age-appropriate information with a pedagogical purpose. This issue has come under scrutiny since a Texas teacher was fired after parents complained it was inappropriate for her to share a photo of her same-sex partner.
Lessons in coding can be integrated across the curriculum, asserts Jennifer Passi, an instructional coach at River Ridge Elementary in Austin, Texas. In this blog post, she shares five cross-curricular coding projects.
Educators and counselors in schools nationwide are being called upon to help students affected by the opioid epidemic, even though education funding has been cut and there are fewer counselors to respond to the demand. "I think we expect [...] schools to handle everything. ... Well, they can't do it all," said Chad Napier, prevention and education coordinator for the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in West Virginia and Virginia.
A recommendation shared on social media that students with special needs in Texas be evacuated last in the event of a school emergency is drawing criticism. The recommendation was not included in a school-safety plan being considered by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Accidents, natural disasters and hackers can dismantle schools' networks and destroy valuable data. This article showcases how several school districts responded to network failures and steps they took to get back up and running.
The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.
A student who plans to enroll in Yale University in the fall used welding, carpentry and electrical skills to help design and build an experimental oyster-growing system for his family's business. Mercator Osinski said he learned the skills by watching YouTube videos.
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