In Colorado, teachers' mental health is a top priority as the challenges of the past year take an increasing toll on educators. Teachers are reporting high rates of burnout, and Amy Lopez, who helped start a hotline for teachers through the University of Colorado's Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, said teachers reported high levels of stress, trouble eating and sleeping, and higher-than-normal workloads.
Artificial intelligence will greatly affect teaching and learning in the years to come, according to a report from CIRCLS. Jeremy Roschelle, principal investigator at CIRCLS, said AI technology used in education should be human-centered and focus on what drives good teaching as well as the "supports and tools that assist teachers."
President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan is fueling optimism that the jobs it could create will boost university enrollment. An analysis from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that 7 million newly created jobs will require some level of college education, with at least 2 million requiring a bachelor's degree or higher.
A recent meta-analysis found that children ages 1 to 8 were less likely to understand picture books if they read the ebook version instead of the print version, but only when the ebook didn't have effective enhancements. For the analysis, researchers examined more than 39 studies involving more than 1,800 children. Though generally print picture books outperformed their digital counterparts in terms of reader comprehension, if the ebooks contained enhancements that reinforced story content not only did the print advantage go away but students learned more.
Microsoft OneNote is, as the name suggests, a note-taking tool that also works as a way of organizing those digitally jotted down thoughts. It's free, it's feature rich, and it's available on nearly all platforms. Both computer and smartphone app-based use of OneNote allow you to access its many features that include written notes, drawing, importing content from the web, and plenty more. OneNote also works with stylus technology, such as Apple Pencil, making it a powerful alternative to the likes of Evernote. It's also a great way for teachers to provide feedback and annotate work while keeping everything digital.
IXL is a goal-based learning system that can intelligently learn how a student is struggling so as to offer adaptive skills practices to help them better progress toward learning goals. But it's possible for teachers and parents to help maximize these good effects by using IXL better. IXL is a great way to give students the opportunity to explore their own learning needs. Since the platform works intelligently to assess and guide students to improve on areas they're struggling with, it allows them freedom. Teachers and parents can use the analytics to track progress and set specific goals. But it can be beneficial to let students explore for themselves.
Students at Floyd County Area Technology Center are using a grant from the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative to build their fourth tiny house. Students designed and budgeted for the project, which was a collaboration among students in different pathway programs, including carpentry, electrical and HVAC.
A culinary garden and teaching kitchen at Belle Chasse Academy in Louisiana are helping students learn hands-on lessons in math, social studies and science. Students grow the food they cook in the kitchen, and study topics such as the history of global cuisines as well as nutrition and healthy eating.
Students in Estonia, Denmark and Germany are in the top three globally for growth mindset development, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The ranking places students in the US 10th, behind Austria and the United Kingdom.
Middle-school student Ebele Azikiwe wrote a letter in February 2020 asking her school to broaden Black history lessons beyond token discussions on slavery, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. -- and repeated the request after George Floyd's death in May. Around the country, many students and teachers have been advocating for asset-based, rather than deficit-focused, Black history, with many seeing the same success Azikiwe did after the superintendent and others took notice.
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