Digital literacy skills among students and their parents were often lacking during remote learning in the spring, according to a survey of more than 700 teachers in 40 states by Bridgewater State University education professors. Heather Pacheco-Guffrey, an associate professor of science education, said data showed students and parents often have the skills to consume technology but not to create with it, such as using Google Docs to collaborate and joining Zoom calls.
Teachers shifting to remote learning may be teaching live synchronous lessons or leading pre-recorded asynchronous online learning or a blend of the two modes, according to Diana Anthony, a partner and co-founder at Figure Eight Investments, and Marshall Thomas, a biologist, educator and the founder of Enact Academy. In this commentary, they compare and contrast the two approaches -- sharing what works and what falls flat.
Nicaraguan Sign Language -- or Idioma de Senas de Nicaragua -- was developed in the 1980s as hundreds of students who are deaf created their own grammar, vocabulary and hand gestures to communicate with each other. This article details the role of linguists in the language's history and how it has evolved, the community's role in language learning, and "reverse fluency," when younger speakers become more fluent than older speakers of a language.
A plan to improve reading instruction and student scores in a Texas district will offer more teacher training including the study of brain science. The state is putting more emphasis on phonics and setting aside more time for reading lessons, an approach that proponents say will be an improvement from similar efforts that failed in the past.
Five math and curriculum experts suggest ways to address the math knowledge gap arising from last year's remote learning. Blending knowledge and skills from previous years to aid in learning new content, limiting assessments to targeted areas and offering plenty of practice and review time for new lessons can help, they suggest.
Teachers can take students on a socially-distanced field trip to a pumpkin patch, livestream remotely from one or use simply use pumpkins as a theme to teach a variety of math and science principles. Teachers can offer size comparisons for prize-winning pumpkin weights and explain how the overlooked vine functions to create a pumpkin.
Most educators recognize it's unlikely schools will return to normal, yet it remains uncertain what the so-called new normal will look like, writes Jim Dillon, an educational consultant for Measurement Incorporated. In this blog post, Dillon shares several ways education leaders can initiate a positive transformation of education.
IBM is partnering with policymakers and education leaders to boost the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools in the US to 300 by 2023. Schools in the P-TECH program offer students from disadvantaged communities the chance to earn a two-year STEM-related associate degree alongside their high-school diploma at no cost, and IBM says 55% of P-TECH schools are majority Hispanic.
STEM skills are the key to addressing the myriad complicated issues facing the world right now, Kanoe Namahoe, director of content for SmartBrief Education, says in an interview about an upcoming STEM education event. Nadia Lopez, founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in New York City, will keynote the event with a discussion about how entrepreneurship education can help end the school-to-prison pipeline.
Dozens of school districts in Oregon have been directly affected by devastating wildfires that continue to burn in the state, according to the state department of education. The fires delayed the start of remote instruction in the state, but some lessons are now underway.
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