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.
A student who plans to enroll in Yale University in the fall used welding, carpentry and electrical skills to help design and build an experimental oyster-growing system for his family's business. Mercator Osinski said he learned the skills by watching YouTube videos.
The University of Chicago this week became the most selective school in the nation to drop ACT and SAT exam requirements for admissions to attract more first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students. Robert Schaeffer, public education director at the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, said the move could open the door for more selective institutions to follow suit.
Students at a Massachusetts high school recently participated in projects that benefited their school or community. The projects focused on service, technology and engineering, the arts, animals as well as culinary arts and included constructing bluebird houses and making spill-proof bowls for shelter animals.
Students at a California middle school are learning about entrepreneurship through the LaunchPad program at the University of California at San Diego. Students spent a week researching a problem that interested them, being mentored by business professionals and presenting their ideas for a product to solve a problem.
Oregon high-school principal David Plotts, who has spent 21 years on the job, at one point served as principal, vice principal and athletic director amid difficult financial times for his district. Plotts now is retiring as the longest-serving principal at the school, but plans to continue as coach of the girls' basketball team.
School district leaders in Minnesota are rethinking their methods for recruiting teachers to address shortages. Some strategies include recruiting at local colleges, hiring students finishing up degrees in needed areas and offering signing bonuses as well as other perks.
The Colorado State Board of Education has approved use of the Next Generation Science Standards in state classrooms. The standards, which are used by 38 states, require students to rely on experiments and inquiry to learn instead of memorization.
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.
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