An Iowa middle school will pilot a competency-based learning model for some seventh- and eighth-graders this school year. Teachers piloting the model will use a simplified grading scale and can allow students to advance once they prove mastery.
Three intermediate educators in an Iowa school district are piloting a competency-based education model in their classrooms. The educators are implementing this model -- which allows students to move ahead when they master concepts -- differently in each class, and with a mix of traditional and technology-based approaches.
An iPad initiative in Britt, Iowa, is helping second-grade teachers individualize instruction by targeting skills with which students struggle. Teachers use the iPads to record students as they read aloud to improve their reading skills and show parents during conferences, or practicing math skills with an app. "There are a lot of apps for the students to keep working at their level. The apps constantly challenge them as an independent student," teacher Pamela Aitchison said.
The role of computer programming in education has been uncertain in the past, but new emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math in today's education arena is shining a brighter light on the subject. Educators say student-friendly programs such as Alice, MicroWorlds and Scratch are making it easier for them to integrate programming into the curriculum and show students the creative sides of math, science and other subjects.
The number of students in the United Kingdom reading digital books has increased, and for the first time a new study shows that more students are reading on electronic devices than are picking up traditional books. However, the findings from the National Literacy Trust show that students who read using traditional books score higher in reading than their peers who use e-books.