Schools call EPC, the Federal Communications Commission's online portal for its E-rate program, an unreliable, glitchy system that launched too soon, according to analysis by Funds for Learning. Lost applications, a backlog of unprocessed proposals, millions in delayed funding and poor oversight of proposal reviews are among the issues cited about EPC and the FCC's processes.
Nearly half of US colleges and universities now use Rice University's Open Stax initiative to provide open educational resources and free textbooks to students, the university has announced. Data from the program show that 2.2 million students are using the OER resources and will save about $177 million on textbooks this year.
Students can visit California's state parks without leaving the classroom through California State Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students, or PORTS. In this blog post, Mari Venturino, a seventh-grade science teacher, shares lessons she learned through two experiences with PORTS, including adapting the virtual visits to the curriculum and using interactive technology.
Adolescents with more than two hours of recreational screen time daily had a nearly twofold increased likelihood of being overweight or obese, according to a review in the journal Circulation. Lead researcher Tracie Barnett said the rate of children who exceeded two hours of daily screen time rose from 16.4% to 21.7% between 2003 and 2007.
A pilot program created by the University of California, Irvine, seeks to increase diversity among science, technology, engineering and math faculty. The Building Our Own Pipeline to the Professoriate program already has led to the hiring of seven former postdoctoral fellows, five of whom are women and four of whom identify as underrepresented minorities.
A school district in Georgia is taking steps to improve school safety and security and address bullying through additional training for staff and more closely monitoring students' social media accounts. The district also has hired an additional 10 school resource officers.
VIPKid, a virtual tutoring company that teaches English to Chinese students, wants to nurture global citizens and improve relations among people from different cultures. The initiative has faced some challenges, though, including incidents of discrimination from families who refuse to work with a teacher who is not white.
Aaron White, an IT director at a school in Florida, and a partner created a mobile application designed to reduce paperwork for schools. The app, Script, which launched in 2017, is being used at one school to allow parents to pay for after-school programs.
Response has been mixed to a Florida school district's plan to sell ad space in emails that go to students, parents and teachers. The school board approved the program, aimed at raising funds for student travel, but one teacher was not happy to learn her email would be used for solicitation purposes and said others would feel the same.