Child-development experts are considering how smart speakers affect learning and development. Some suggest that without intentional planning, the devices could reduce "serve-and-return conversations" and one-on-one reading time.
Executives at Apple are expected next week to introduce lower-cost devices to help regain a share of the education marketplace it has lost in recent years to Google and Microsoft. Apple also aims to help foster product awareness among students and convert them into long-term end users.
A House bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would remove some protections for veterans, including the so-called 90-10 rule that prevents for-profit schools from taking advantage of veterans. Tanya Ang, director of policy and outreach at Veterans Education Success, says the bill protects predatory lenders and for-profit schools over students.
Integrating time for students to reflect on what they have learned can improve outcomes, asserts Anna Durfee, an English facilitator at an Idaho high school. In this blog post, she shares several ways to integrate time for reflection, including "family dinner" in which students have a snack and reflect on what they've learned and what to do next on a project.
Eighth-grade students at a Vermont school have written profiles of 26 residents of their town of Burke for a cross-curricular project-based-learning unit. Students worked on the Humans of Burke project in language arts, social studies and art classes, interviewed the residents, wrote profiles and created linoleum block prints of their subjects for a display.
Seventh-graders from two Indiana schools explored financial-literacy concepts during a "Reality Store" activity. During the financial simulation, students calculated how to pay for groceries, utilities, insurance and other adult expenses out of a monthly budget.
Members of an Ohio high school's science, technology, engineering and math club recently worked with elementary-school students on a robot project as part of a public library's STEM program. The after-school club showed off a robot called Bronco Onyx and helped the younger students build a mini robot.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee this week to defend a budget proposal that would cut $3.6 billion from the Department of Education. Lawmakers asked DeVos about issues other than the budget, including school safety and school choice.
The E-rate program has helped bring fiber internet to more schools, but a gap still exists in rural schools, asserts Evan Marwell, CEO and founder of EducationSuperHighway. Marwell notes that E-rate funding requests to install fiber internet to rural schools are denied 30% of the time -- compared with 4% for other projects.
Some school districts have replaced paper-based visitor systems with high-tech solutions. Efforts include kiosks that perform background checks, plus issue badges and email-based communication systems about visitors.
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