Child-development experts are considering how smart speakers affect learning and development. Some suggest that without intentional planning, the devices could reduce "serve-and-return conversations" and one-on-one reading time.
Integrating time for students to reflect on what they have learned can improve outcomes, asserts Anna Durfee, an English facilitator at an Idaho high school. In this blog post, she shares several ways to integrate time for reflection, including "family dinner" in which students have a snack and reflect on what they've learned and what to do next on a project.
Eighth-grade students at a Vermont school have written profiles of 26 residents of their town of Burke for a cross-curricular project-based-learning unit. Students worked on the Humans of Burke project in language arts, social studies and art classes, interviewed the residents, wrote profiles and created linoleum block prints of their subjects for a display.
Seventh-graders from two Indiana schools explored financial-literacy concepts during a "Reality Store" activity. During the financial simulation, students calculated how to pay for groceries, utilities, insurance and other adult expenses out of a monthly budget.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee this week to defend a budget proposal that would cut $3.6 billion from the Department of Education. Lawmakers asked DeVos about issues other than the budget, including school safety and school choice.
The E-rate program has helped bring fiber internet to more schools, but a gap still exists in rural schools, asserts Evan Marwell, CEO and founder of EducationSuperHighway. Marwell notes that E-rate funding requests to install fiber internet to rural schools are denied 30% of the time -- compared with 4% for other projects.
Some school districts have replaced paper-based visitor systems with high-tech solutions. Efforts include kiosks that perform background checks, plus issue badges and email-based communication systems about visitors.
Students enrolled in a virtual school in Colorado performed better when accessing face-to-face interactions on a physical campus, which prompted school leaders to expand interaction opportunities. In this commentary, Rochelle Kolhouse, who worked as an instructional coach during the expansion, writes about the school model.
The California Healthy Youth Act requires schools to address human trafficking and sexual-abuse prevention. Superintendent Roger Stock said his district adopted a program this semester to be "preventative rather than reactive."
The number of children who drew a female when asked to draw a scientist has increased over the past five decades, according to an analysis of children's drawings in 78 studies over 50 years. Researchers also found that younger children were more likely to draw a female scientist.
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