Ninety-four percent of teachers in the US spend their own money on classroom supplies, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, teachers spend about $479 annually, with teachers in higher-poverty schools spending the most.
Some students at a Pennsylvania school used Google's "Tour Creator" tool to create a virtual-reality tour of an area farm. The video, now available online, was a collaboration among students studying agriculture, English and technology.
Some public library and education-technology leaders support a resolution that would reverse an attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules. The measure is expected to be voted on as part of the Congressional Review Act.
Google Maps may be a better metaphor of the future of adaptive learning, than more popular comparisons to Netflix and Amazon, writes Michael Horn of Entangled Solutions. He outlines how Google Maps can serve as a model for creating platforms that locate where students are in their learning and design pathways for them to move toward goals.
Some US high schools that have developed esports leagues have seen increases in engagement and academic performance from students who are otherwise withdrawn at school. The positive outcomes moved some educators in California to develop a curriculum around esports that, when approved, will satisfy high-school English credits.
Choosing interactive projection technology is an important decision that can affect students' learning environment and their collaborative activities, writes Chad Lewis, director of technology at Tampa Preparatory School. Lewis explains how his school used a six-question criterion to evaluate projection technology, considering both compatibility and student needs.
About 75% of teachers say they often or very often see students multitask with technology, according to a study from the Alberta Teachers' Association. This article outlines five ways to help students better manage their digital workflow, including implementing structured support strategies to help students focus.
Videos that claim to be educational may not be having much effect on student learning, according to a study of 100 videos by researchers at New York University. Researchers found that some of the videos taught little valuable vocabulary content for the youngest learners and that higher-income children may benefit the most from such content.
Former and current employees of the US Department of Education say members of a team assigned to investigate fraud claims at for-profit institutions have been reassigned to other duties, The New York Times reported. The team had been expanded under the Obama administration, and current spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill said the team mostly has been shrunk by attrition.
School districts and technology vendors need to implement policies that will better guard student data privacy, write Lisa Petrides of the nonprofit ISKME and Douglas Levin of EdTech Strategies. In this commentary, they offer ideas for setting standards and practices around the collection and use of student data.