Nineteen school districts in rural Kentucky are part of a cooperative focused on securing more affordable prices for education technology. This article details how the cooperative works and why similar organizations may be appealing to other small school districts.
As the Knox County, Tenn., school system works to provide every student and teacher with a high-tech device, hundreds of educators recently received training to use technology in new ways to improve teaching and learning. Among the approaches are to ask students questions and let them use technology, such as Google, to answer them. Instead of exams, students are completing PowerPoint presentations, and teachers and students also are using technology to connect with outside resources and people.
A program designed to help Louisiana educators teach state and American history is coming to a halt because of U.S. Department of Education budget cuts. The Teaching American History program will end with the current group of teachers. "It just breaks my heart. And, if you'd talk to any of the teachers, you would hear similar sentiments," said Michael Sartisky, president of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Ohio's Sauder Village, with its old home and demonstrations of butter churning and quilting, offers visiting students a history lesson as an experience. "We found that it was a very beneficial way to give the kids a real, contextual review of what Ohio history actually was," said Michelle Johnson, a third-grade teacher at nearby Evergreen Elementary School.
Students in New Hampshire's Nashua High School North's Advanced Placement U.S. History class didn't spend much class time learning about the tumultuous 1960s as their AP exam loomed. To cover this gap, the school's annual Social Studies Honors Symposium included subjects such as the Vietnam War, race relations, culture and music of the era with this year's program titled, "1968: Crucible of a Nation."