People remember information better if they learn it in a virtual environment -- rather than on a desktop computer -- according to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland. Co-author Amitabh Varshney, dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, noted, "This data is exciting in that it suggests that immersive environments could offer new pathways for improved outcomes in education and high-proficiency training."
Students are less likely to offer negative evaluations of their teachers if they perceive classroom practices to be fair, according to a study of undergraduate students by researchers at Washington State University. Researchers found students considered four things when evaluating fairness: obtaining student feedback, using grading rubrics, having a policy that allows students to make up for missed assignments and avoiding grading bias.
There may be a tendency in makerspaces to view male students as more tech-savvy, according to a report from researchers at Drexel University that found widespread gender bias in makerspaces. Researchers learned male students were more likely to have leadership roles and direct projects.
A student's grade point average may not be a true indication of what they have learned, according to Bucknell University professors Tom Solomon and Adam Piggott. In this commentary, they advocate that students be issued a GPA and a GPA of Medians, which would offer context by showing the GPA students would have received if they received the median grade in each course they took.
This summer, students at a Waukegan, Ill., high school will learn about their city's history with teacher Josh Bill, who is designing a class focused on the city's history of industrialization, immigration and the civil rights movement. Lessons will include primary and secondary sources, such as documents about a visit that civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael made to Waukegan High School.
Many rural schools, especially those in isolated areas of Alaska, struggle to identify and serve students who are gifted. Some students enrich their learning through online classes, but these courses don't offer students a community of learners to enhance the experience, Carolyn Callahan, professor at the University of Virginia, said.
CDC researchers found the number of high-school students who reported having had sex dropped from 48% in 2007 to 39.5% in 2017, while the number of those who had used illicit drugs declined from 23% to 14% during the same period, with both rates being the lowest since the annual survey of youth risk behavior started in 1991. The findings, published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found fewer sexually active teens were using condoms.
It is possible to evaluate what students have learned without relying on standardized tests, asserts high-school English teacher Jessica Smith. In this blog post, she shares how she engaged her own students in a challenge to demonstrate their understanding of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Credit-recovery programs that allow students to retake part of a class are growing in popularity with more than 1 million US high-school students taking such a class in the 2015-16 school year, according to an analysis of federal data. One Kansas school district has replaced summer school with credit recovery, including a mix of free and fee-based programs.
Students at a Massachusetts high school who have experienced trauma and loss are participating in a bibliotherapy group to help them cope. The group was created by a school librarian and a counselor and helps students use literature to process their emotions.
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