Teachers can use technology to help prepare students for the jobs of the future, according to National Board Certified Teacher Carolyn Thomas. In this blog post, Thomas shares six strategies teach skills that students need for 21st-century skills and careers, such as by making STEM lessons collaborative and interesting to students.
Boredom can stimulate creativity and support learning, according to journalist Manoush Zomorodi, who shared the details of her "Bored and Brilliant" challenge during the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Zomorodi said that when people limit their time with digital devices, they can allow their minds to wander -- supporting creative thought and problem-solving.
Seven student-loan borrowers sued US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Education Department Tuesday over delays in processing their applications for student-debt relief. The department has not approved or denied any applications in one year and there may be as many as 180,000 applications waiting for processing.
Achievement in music is a good predictor of academic achievement, according to a study of the educational records of 110,000 students in British Columbia. Researchers report finding a one-way relationship in that instrumental music -- more than vocal music -- may benefit cognition, executive functioning, social-personal development as well as other areas examined in the study.
Teachers can make their history lessons more effective and engaging by humanizing historical figures with biographical stories about their lives before fame, writes Chicago-area eighth-grade history teacher Lauren Brown. In this blog post, Brown shares her interest in President Theodore Roosevelt and his family and suggests resources and strategies for teaching students about the real lives, childhoods, experiences and flaws of famous and not-as-famous figures of history.
High-school students attending the Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Roadway Safety Camp in Chicago recently learned how to apply their STEM skills to reconstructing auto crashes with the help of state troopers and other law-enforcement experts. Officials said the camp also served the purpose of promoting traffic safety to students who will become drivers.
Screen-time anxieties, cybersecurity and students' data privacy are some of the main concerns for schools, said chief technology officers from school districts around the country who participated in a panel at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Arline Pique, director of technology for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Ohio, said even conversations that are not focused on technology involve tech in some way.
Google is adding a media-literacy component to its digital citizenship and safety curriculum for children, called "Be Internet Awesome." The updated program will include six activities designed to help young internet users identify fake URLs, interpret clickbait headlines and evaluate sources.
Capuchin monkeys in South America have used stone tools for more than 3,000 years, according to findings published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Researchers found evidence of the evolution of the animals' tool use during excavation of a site in Serra da Capivara National Park in Brazil.
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