Using quests in project-based lessons gives students more choice, which helps boost engagement, writes professor of technology, innovation and pedagogy Matthew Farber. In this blog post, he shares approaches -- and tools -- to support quests in learning.
Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut top Education Week's annual Quality Counts report. The report's rankings consider factors such as academics, finance and socioeconomic factors.
Some college professors and K-12 educators in Ohio are integrating cutting-edge technology in classroom lessons. Among them are high-school teacher David Kaser, whose students are using virtual-reality headsets in the classroom.
Some school leaders are working to reduce the estimated $1.2 billion in annual lunchroom waste. Initiatives include composting, food-recovery programs -- in which unused food is donated -- and "smarter lunchroom" strategies.
Education-reform efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations did little -- if anything -- that "fundamentally changed the system," US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during a recent speech. She addressed issues, including the Common Core State Standards, which she said "is dead" at the Education Department.
Educators can integrate science fiction concepts into their lesson plans, suggest two educators in this Q&A. Amanda Licastro, an assistant professor of digital rhetoric at Stevenson University, teaches her students to immerse themselves in science fiction books and films and then make their own virtual-reality applications.
Analyzing movie adaptations of books and historical events can help students develop close-reading skills, media-literacy expert Frank Baker writes in this blog post. Baker suggests that such films can teach students about how filmmakers may change some historical details and use storytelling techniques to create meaning.
A Washington state high-school social studies teacher, JD Sweet, worked with an illustrator to create a comic book series about the adventures of a team of teenage African-American superheroes from Earth who become involved in a civil war on Saturn. Sweet hopes his comic book series, "The Ring Masters," will help create more positive images of African-American teens.
Some high-school students in 10 school districts in Illinois are participating in a statewide pilot of competency-based learning. Under the model, students learn at their own pace and help to guide how they obtain information.
Midcareer teachers in New Jersey can access additional certification in physics and chemistry via the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. The program has helped fill shortages and brought more female teachers and teachers of color to science classrooms.
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