Gamification can be a fun, engaging way for teachers to meet the needs of all students, writes education consultant John McCarthy. In this blog post, he shares six ways to gamify lessons, including by integrating "open sandbox games," such as Minecraft, Guild Wars 2 and Terraria.
A Colorado high school is launching an "early high school" program for eighth-graders to help them complete credits early and enroll in more advanced academic and career-oriented classes. Students in the program will attend classes on campus but be considered students of their home middle schools.
College and university leaders must "take measurable steps" to improve diversity and the racial climate on campuses, writes Weldon Latham, founder and head of the Corporate Diversity Counseling Group. In this commentary, he suggests that leaders listen and actively address student and faculty concerns about diversity.
Students at a Minnesota middle school are spending four weeks learning about digital citizenship in their language arts class. Students learn about cyberbullying and social media, and complete projects and presentations, such as creating an app that raises awareness of users' social media footprint.
The best leaders are those who bring out the best in others and can form authentic relationships with various stakeholders, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers assert in this blog post. Leaders who wish to serve others must be "whole hearted, present, and knowing," they write.
School districts in more than 40 states are facing shortages of teachers in science, math and special education, with schools serving minority and low-income students feeling the pinch the most, according to research by the Learning Policy Institute. In response, some schools are offering bonuses to recruit new teachers and mentors to keep veterans in the classroom.
The growth of blended and gamified learning is expected to increase sales of classroom-display devices by more than 30% during the period 2016-20, according to a report. Bring-your-own-device policies and more digital content also are driving the growth, the report notes.
Only a few of the 40 teacher-preparation programs in Tennessee are equipping new educators to be highly effective in the classroom, according to a report by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. The authors recommend that preparation programs work more closely with schools and provide better classroom experiences for new teachers.
Several Massachusetts eighth-graders recently discussed their science projects with middle-school students in Turkey using Skype as part of the district's collaboration with faculty from the Istanbul Technical University. Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen says the students enjoyed working with their Turkish counterparts.
A Washington school district has launched a project-based middle school with students who take electives and physical education at traditional campuses and meet later to work on projects. Students are broken into groups based on their projects, such as creating marketing campaigns about managing online identities.
- Page 1