An advocacy group is pushing the New York City school system to help students with disabilities gain admission to high schools that are fully accessible. Only 12% of the district's high schools are fully accessible, and 61% are partially accessible, but the Department of Education is investing $100 million to better serve students with disabilities.
Teachers should work together to ensure their lessons do not rely too heavily on digital media, suggests Maurice Elias, a professor at Rutgers University. In this blog post, Elias writes about research showing that students are spending too much time in front of screens -- a trend that can affect their social and emotional learning, as well as their health and sleeping habits.
Location-based social networks, such as Loopt and Foursquare, are having trouble accumulating a critical mass, Saad Fazil writes. These networks are meant to help users know where their friends are, so many people are reluctant to join unless their friends are already members. Fazil predicts the sites will become more popular as they begin to offer more features, better incentives and more robust technology.
Electronic textbooks have received mixed reviews from some college students, with many complaining that they make reading awkward or inconvenient. Educators are also divided on whether electronic texts are cost-effective, because they carry a high upfront cost. One California superintendent said elementary-school students quickly became engaged in course work with electronic textbooks, but there are no indications whether learning improved.
Few things have done more to derail science education than English and math standardized tests, according to some science educators. As new NCLB science tests kick in this year, some hope it means more attention will be paid to science education.