Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida expanded students' access to technology in so-called digital deserts to help raise its graduation rate to 90% by 2020, according to Lisette Alves, assistant superintendent, division of academics for the district. Alves describes the tech rollout and shares three lessons the district learned.
Students often enter the classroom with misconceptions and erroneous information about a topic, writes Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Chandler offers tips to help repair these misconceptions, including sparking dialogue about students' assumptions on a topic and introducing the facts.
Government officials in Morocco are encouraging the teaching of French in formal education, and have proposed that the language be used to teach science, math and technical courses. The country's official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, but French is used in business, higher-education institutions and government, and some officials tout the benefits of increasing proficiency.
Marlboro Township Public Schools in New Jersey has taken several steps to help expose students to a variety number of career paths, starting as early as elementary school, writes Michael Ballone, director of curriculum and instruction, and Michael Bowman, curriculum supervisor in the district. They write that the district is preparing students for careers by promoting lifelong learning, nurturing soft skills and giving them time to work on "passion projects."
The human brain was not designed to read, and in the digital age people increasingly are skimming rather than reading in depth, according to two university educators. This trend could affect critical thinking and empathy that is fueled by deeper reading, asserts Maryanne Wolf of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The US Education Department says it will forgive any loans taken out by students attending Argosy University, a chain of career-based for-profit schools owned by Dream Center Education Holdings. Students did not receive $13 million in loan credit balance stipends for the spring semester, and federal authorities say the money remains unaccounted for.
Some high-schoolers in Pennsylvania are receiving technical instruction as well as on-the-job training through a Cooperative Education, or co-op, program. Through the program, students work with area employers in industries such as carpentry, electrical occupations, machine shop, automotive, computer technology, health professions, and oil and gas production.
Students at a Montana middle school are learning about climate science by measuring snowfall to predict summertime stream flows. With the help of the nonprofit Clark Fork Coalition, students dug holes in snow on a mountainside; measured temperature, layers and depth; and analyzed their data to predict snow melt.
Building dams may promote wasting water by creating a false sense of security, according to findings published in Nature Sustainability. The paper's authors say that encouraging conservation might be a better solution than building dams.
Eight California high-school students have interviewed and written profiles of 36 business owners, political leaders and educators in Bakersfield to produce a book highlighting the unique history of the city. One hundred copies of "Greetings From Bakersfield" will be printed to sell at a local museum.
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