Some social studies teachers are using the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as a teachable moment by folding it into their classroom discussions. Lessons include walking students through the two-step process of impeachment and how to have respectful discussions with others who don't share their opinions.
In this blog post, several educators share their advice to help teachers use technology in the classroom. To begin, focus on the content or goal before determining what technology would help support it, says Danielle Herro, associate professor of digital media and learning at Clemson University.
Faculty and staff at Bates Middle School in Sumter, S.C., say the school achieved national STEM accreditation thanks to a "mindset change." Over the course of four years, the school added a variety of new electives, including financial literacy and robotics, and students took an active role in their own education, teachers and administrators say.
Incorporating scaffolding into science lessons can help encourage critical thinking by students, according to physics education expert and Cornell University assistant professor Natasha Holmes. A study co-authored by Holmes found that a set of physics students who use data and feedback in their decisions were better able to think critically and use focused reasoning to improve understanding than students who followed a set of instructions in the lab.
A group of students who participated in the Arab Reading Challenge recently learned they are semifinalists in the contest's category of students from non-Arab countries. The students, who are collectively from 22 countries, share why they were inspired to learn their mother tongue for the competition despite facing obstacles to acquiring and retaining the language.
Educator "ambassadors" who receive free promotional items -- including products and services -- must publicize their relationship with the vendor and the product if they tout the items on social media, according to a recent determination by the Federal Trade Commission. This requirement is part of recent guidelines issued for social media influencers.
Ten percent of parents say they often have conversations with their children -- ages 3 to 12 -- about race and identity, according to a report from Sesame Workshop. About 35% of parents say they never speak with their children about social class, the report states.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during a speech to corporate leaders spoke about the potential benefits of inexpensive alternatives to traditional degrees. She expressed support for ending a singular focus of high-school students to attend traditional four-year colleges rather than considering less expensive alternatives such as microcredentials.
Caribous are the mammals that migrate the farthest, traveling about 1,352 kilometers, according to findings in Scientific Reports. Coming in second, researchers say, are reindeer, followed, in order, by gray wolves, mule deer and Tibetan antelopes.
Some high-school students in New York state will learn welding skills using virtual reality that simulates real-world welding equipment. Three districts will use the virtual reality welder, which costs $18,500 -- a less expensive and safer option than other equipment -- according to officials.
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