Students who use educational games outperform peers on essay and multiple-choice questions, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University and Legends of Learning, a research-driven educational game platform. The study of 1,000 students in seven states identified five ways that educational games can improve learning.
Jefferson Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Mississippi, which has a majority African-American and Hispanic population, will change its name to Barack Obama IB Elementary School. So far, 21 schools in the US are named for Barack Obama and two have been named for Michelle Obama, with many of the schools having non-white populations.
Teachers at two Nebraska elementary schools created sensory rooms to support their students with special needs. The rooms are equipped with items such as swings, a light table, calming music and other features to meet students' varying sensory needs.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., have introduced legislation that would make university adjunct instructors eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The part-time status of contingent faculty currently makes them ineligible for the program.
A South Carolina school district is shaking up its approach to leadership and has assigned new principals to nine of its 23 schools. In this commentary, Superintendent Thomas A. Wilson writes that the moves are part of a larger plan to ensure school leaders are placed where they will be most effective.
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a $1 billion measure to provide education savings accounts for families on military bases. Trump's overall budget proposal also includes $250 million for private school choice.
A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court challenges US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' guidance for universities regarding sexual assault claims. At issue, according to the nonprofit organization Equal Means Equal, is that the revised standard for proof is in violation of federal rights law.
Many states have shortages of special-education teachers, with one report showing only 36% of students with special needs in California are taught by a teacher with at least preliminary teaching credentials. The Los Angeles Unified School District is addressing this shortage by offering tuition assistance to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.
Students in Dublin were the first in Ireland to contact the International Space Station via radio on Thursday. The carefully timed contact was part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program.
A recent study has shown that "nudges," or reminders sent to college students by text or through an app, increased college completion by 6% after one year at nine public colleges and universities. The University of Washington Tacoma uses the nudges to remind students of deadlines and offer tips and encouragement.