US students ranked 13 out of more than 50 countries and regions around the world in collaborative problem-solving, according to 2015 data from the Program for International Student Assessment. Countries topping the charts include Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report
Educators in some schools are using sports and physical education to help teach students about science, technology, engineering and math. In a New Jersey school, students used BMX bikes to calculate speed, and in Houston, students learned about velocity and gravity during an indoor skydiving lesson.
Full Story: District Administration magazine
Students at a New Jersey elementary school were asked to create something to improve the school community and solve a problem. Their idea? Build a makerspace. In this blog post, technology teacher Randall Kohr reflects on the student-driven project, highlighting the six-step process.
Full Story: Edutopia online
Blended-learning models have changed the look of learning spaces in three schools featured in a recent white paper. The report highlights common characteristics across the schools, such as leaders' willingness to rethink the look of learning.
Full Story: eSchool News (free registration)
Teachers may assume that new software drives personalized learning, but there are other paths to make learning more personal, asserts Troy Strand, a digital learning specialist and former middle-school instrumental music conductor. In this commentary, he shares personalized-learning lessons.
Full Story: EdSurge
Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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