Schools that see high outcomes from technology use are those that invest in tools that encourage student agency and foster a collaborative environment, according to a report from Smart Technologies. These same schools also prioritize spending for professional-development technologies, the report found.
The University of North Florida and a school serving students with special needs have partnered on a summer camp that integrates students with special needs and those without. The students participate in swimming, sports and games together during the camp.
One of the keys to establishing an effective learning environment is ensuring that students feel heard, asserts Beth Pandolpho, a high-school English teacher in New Jersey. In this blog post, she offers several ways to get students talking and offers tips to help teachers show students they are listening.
Educators in Chicago are working to improve outcomes for students through personalized learning, asserts Lisa Epstein, an elementary-school principal. In this commentary, she shares how the approach gives students more autonomy over their own education and creates opportunities for teachers to collaborate.
A Minnesota school district will begin phasing out the use of its interactive whiteboards in classrooms because of a lack of available funding to update or replace them. Dean Herold, a middle-school teacher, says that he'll have to adjust lesson plans as the boards are phased out.
Officials in a Pennsylvania school district are considering a contract that would allow them to lease a Chromebook device for every student at a high school for three years. The Chromebooks -- $83,000 for 1,225 devices -- would replace the school's current technology, which includes carts of laptops available for students.
Many YouTube videos paint a negative picture about public education and teachers in these schools, says education researcher Burhanettin Keskin of the University of Mississippi. Keskin aims to shed light on how technology providers could be slanting public opinion with their platforms.
Tennessee education officials are revamping their career and technical pathways initiative to offer students more options, so they can choose between enrolling in college or entering the workforce. Mike Krause, Tennessee Higher Education Commissioner executive director, says the revamp of Tennessee Pathways will ensure more students are ready for college or a career.
More than 5,000 new freshmen from California enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in Arizona in 2016, according to US Education Department figures. Even as the University of California system is enrolling more in-state students than it has before, the California State University system turned away more than 30,000 in-state students in 2017, data show.