Middle-school advanced math teacher Theresa Dwulit is using 3D printers for hands-on math lessons at her Florida school. Students used graph paper to hand design objects for a play area that were later created in plastic by the 3D printer.
One Maryland school district is considering a teacher apprentice program to help stem a growing shortage of educators. The program would provide education students with a salary and full benefits while they complete their degree in exchange for their commitment to teach in the district for five years after graduation.
Project-based learning shows promise, but the benefits remain unproved, according to researchers with the nonprofit MRDC. In a recent study, researchers found the benefits of PBL to be most definitive in certain classes.
The focus on fourth-grade attendance -- sometimes weighted more than science and social studies grades -- for admission to New York City's selective middle schools may disproportionately affect students from lower-income families, some parents in the district say. The parents, who cite research showing such students are more likely to miss school, are asking the district to drop the attendance criteria.
A South Carolina middle school has adopted a new online math program that helps students master algebra at their own pace through video lessons. Three Algebra Nation study experts recently visited the school to give students live lessons in how to use the resource.
The newly elected Democratic governors of Virginia and New Jersey could make promised changes to their states' school-accountability plans under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam promised to decrease the state's role in school improvement, while New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy promised to end PARCC testing in the state.
Open educational resources are expected to be an important content source for courses in the next five years, say 82% of higher-education chief information officers in the annual Campus Computing Project survey. Most chief information officers say they still face challenges in areas such as improving campus IT services and funding.
Images increasingly are taking the place of words on social media -- a trend known as "picting," writes educator Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In this commentary, she shares four social media tools that can help teachers integrate picting in classroom lessons.
The California State Board of Education has revised its criteria for a new color-coded school-performance dashboard that will result in fewer schools receiving a red or failing rating. The move, which came after scores on the state Smarter Balanced tests remained flat, will mean more schools will be designated as orange, the second-lowest of the five performance levels.
At least six former chief diversity officers have become university presidents over the past few years, notes Archie Ervin, president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Ervin and other experts contend that CDOs bring unique leadership skills to the presidency, including fundraising and bridge-building skills.