Many New York school districts are enhancing learning by investing in virtual-reality technology to allow students to observe medical operations or a deep-sea dive. Researchers say virtual field trips can improve student recall, engagement and understanding.
A report co-authored by San Luis Obispo County Schools Superintendent Jim Brescia offers state school districts tips on how to recruit and retain teachers, including attending job fairs, partnering with universities and recruiting all year. Brescia says his district, and many others in the state, are struggling with a teacher shortage.
A leadership academy for educators in a Georgia school district used a planning strategy inspired by a UN role-playing exercise. In this commentary, instructional technology specialist Lee Patti discusses the process and how it led to real solutions.
Web-based learning tools may help boost science knowledge among diverse student populations, according to a study published in the International Journal of Science Education. Data from the study of 13 middle schools show gains among English-language learners and students with learning disabilities.
Olympics-themed lessons engage students by encouraging them to persevere and "go for the gold," seventh-grade science teacher Meg Richard writes in this blog post. She shares online resources, videos and tips for five engineering lessons tied to a Winter Olympics sport.
A group of West Virginia middle-school students learned real-world math and budgeting after being assigned jobs, a family and a monthly income during the "Get A Life" game. Students had to shop for cars and homes, pay bills, plus figure out how to handle unexpected expenses handed out by the "Green Reaper."
More employers are using tools such as online skill assessments and job auditions to improve hiring, according to a LinkedIn survey of recruiters and hiring managers. Companies are also trying to boost a sense of inclusion among employees, instead of focusing only on increasing diversity.
Our communities are filled with people who saw an unmet need and did something to rectify the situation, writes Dennis Miller. These people might not have corporate titles, "[b]ut it's the decision, the choice to lead, that turned them into leaders," he writes.
Instead of focusing on a possibly punitive post-tenure review, the University of Denver is piloting a policy this fall that will offer faculty-development options to encourage professors to sharpen their skills. Under the policy, faculty will be offered three options to develop their skills, including peer-to-peer discussions.
College and university marketing leaders can keep up with the immediacy of the media by working closely with the campus business office and other stakeholders to meet deadlines and get information out quickly, Eric Sickler of The Thorburn Group writes. Since the media's pace can be fast, Sickler suggests marketers work six months in advance to secure approvals for a campaign.