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PISA results rank collaborative problem-solving

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

Is there a new "S" in STEM?

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

Elementary students design makerspace

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

How schools are redesigning learning spaces

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)

Ideas for making learning more personal

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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