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developed esports leagues have seen increases in engagement and academic performance from students who are otherwise withdrawn at school.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.
About 89% of secondary-school students say they are concerned about their privacy on social media, according to the Studyclix.ie Student Attitudes Survey. About 75% of those surveyed who use Instagram say they adjusted their privacy settings and some indicate Facebook is declining in popularity.
Youth anxiety is increasing, according to a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Data show anxiety diagnoses among those ages 6 to 17 increased 20% between 2007 and 2012.
A researcher from Rutgers University and another from the University of California at Santa Barbara have created an eight-point plan for curbing gun violence in schools. Among the suggestions are finding ways to boost mental health resources and creating better avenues to share information.