High-school students with school-issued devices are more likely to email their teachers with questions, take notes in class and collaborate with their classmates, among other tasks, according to results of a survey by the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. Some students said emailing teachers with questions helps alleviate anxiety, Speak Up CEO Julie Evans says.
The "Raise the Floor" campaign in Maine wants the state to direct an additional $15 million in state aid to schools. The effort is supported by several towns with higher property values known as "minimum receiver" districts because they receive less aid from the state for schools.
A majority of teachers participating in a survey said they use academic and nonacademic data to support students. The poll from the Data Quality Campaign show that 57% of teachers say they do not have time during the school day to access or use data.
More teachers are using their social media presence to act as paid brand ambassadors for education-technology products, writes Kipp Bentley of the Center for Digital Education. In this commentary, he asserts that these individuals should take steps to preserve their objectivity as educators and that school districts should adopt clear policies governing this practice.
Dozens of students from 11 historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions will learn about computer science at Google's headquarters. The Tech Exchange program -- aimed at promoting diversity in the field -- is an expansion of a pilot program Google launched with Howard University.
Texas school Superintendent Lynn Redden is under review by the school board over a post he made on Facebook about black quarterbacks. Redden says he regrets his comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson -- that "you can't count on a black quarterback."
Communication with parents is a key component of any school technology rollout, asserts Mike Daugherty, director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio -- one of the 12 original Google Reference districts. In this commentary, he shares several strategies his district used to engage and educate parents about the shift, including a newsletter, emails and events.
Shannon Hovis, a fifth-grade teacher at a Missouri school, says she was inspired by posts on Pinterest to adopt flexible seating options for her students. Each Monday, students select a seat to use for that week, with options including space on a sofa, crates, stools and others, which she says allows more room to "wiggle."
Project-based learning is the future of special education, asserts Jill Koenemann, a high-school special needs teacher. In this blog post, she shares how she used PBL to teach students about survivors' guilt and offers five best practices to support PBL.
US lawmakers in the House and Senate have agreed to increase federal education spending. The deal includes an additional $70 million for career and technical education, a small increase to the maximum Pell Grant amount and $40 million more for charter schools.
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