Story maps can provide valuable information about the world around us, write Lauren Drakopulos of the University of Washington and Shefali Lakhina of the University of Wollongong. They highlight story map projects that helped capture detailed narratives about climate change, refugee movements and Seattle's LGBTQ community.
A pilot project by technology startup ATLAN Space aims to create artificial intelligence for drones so they can monitor illegal fishing, poaching and deforestation across large areas. The co-founders say they were inspired to start the company after learning that illegal fishing costs coastal West African countries more than $2 billion a year.
The nonprofit Learning Stewards offers a free reading support tool that allows readers to select an unfamiliar word to view a pronunciation guide and definitions. Some teachers in Kentucky are using the program to support struggling readers and allow them to access the same texts being read by peers.
Organizations that make the most progress incorporating diversity into their mission are those that have the full support of top leaders, says Joelle Emerson, CEO of consulting company Paradigm. In this Q&A, Emerson notes the most effective leaders are those who prioritize diversity and hold workers accountable for achieving that goal.
Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says students could understand math concepts better if educators were trained in more effective teaching methods. Wagner wants to implement a "professional learning circle" model of professional development that would let teachers share best practices.
A New Mexico school district has hired 33 teachers from the Philippines to fill vacancies and ease a teacher shortage. The district continues to look for candidates who can fill bilingual positions, among others.
A study from RAND Corp. showed that math teachers who used at least one book in line with the Common Core State Standards said they were able to engage their students on key concepts. However, according to survey data of 625 math teachers across the country, few teachers are using such books.
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.
The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.
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.