More than half of online students want to be able to connect and interact with their instructors and classmates, a survey shows. More engagement would improve courses for a quarter of respondents, while 59% say they travel to campus at least five times a year to meet with instructors and peers, the data show.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week suggested scrapping the Higher Education Act of 1965 during a speech to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says reauthorization of the act is a top priority for him, but DeVos said, "Real change is needed."
High-school English teacher Ann Neary in this audio series reflects on a time when she and a student did not see eye to eye because the student believed Neary was faking her positive outlook. Neary says, in the end, she learned about a common trait shared between teacher and student.
Students benefit academically if their teachers have high-quality, trained mentors, according to a study of outcomes of three years by SRI Education. Data show that students whose teachers participated in the New Teacher Center's mentoring program had higher scores in reading and math.
An Ohio school district is holding a summer camp for English-language learners to boost their language and literacy skills. Students work on their vocabulary through activities based on civics or science, technology, engineering and math, plus read, research, write about, act out or make presentations about what they are learning, said Corbin Moore, assistant director.
Students from six UK schools are preparing for a pilot Hebrew spelling bee that will be held to encourage interest in the language. During the competition in England, the students will have to correctly translate an English word into Hebrew, pronounce it and spell it using the Hebrew alphabet -- and there is a time limit.
Some Minecraft and Scratch users -- from students to educators -- participate in online communities, where they share projects and offer help to others. Natalie Rusk, one of Scratch's creators, says her research shows that such "interest-based communities" can help keep students engaged in coding beyond the school day.
The US may have some work to do to boost enrollment in early-childhood education programs, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Data show the US, with about 67% of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in such programs, ranks lower than most other OECD countries.
Maine launched a technology initiative 15 years ago that has helped expand access to laptop devices across schools. Education, technology and school leaders share some of the successes and challenges they have encountered during the rollout.
Lessons about brain health should be included in early learning, asserts Jason Resendez with Latinos Against Alzheimer's. In this commentary, he notes that little is known about the disease in some communities, including potential preventative measures.
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