Education researchers at MIT are developing a way to assess students to measure skills such as creativity, critical thinking and curiosity. The "playful assessment" approach has the potential to change teaching and learning overall, in part, by making assessments less threatening, MIT researcher Yoon Jeon Kim says.
Offering students equal access to technology in the classroom is key to addressing achievement gaps, writes Kevin Ghost, director of technology and network administrator for the Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania. In this commentary, he shares steps his district took to promote tech equity, including looking for financing and working with teachers.
The Sarasota County school district in Florida soon may stop filtering comments that appear on its schools' Facebook pages under a potential policy being considered by the school board. Currently, the district hides the majority of comments, but board members in favor of the change would like more open communication with parents through Facebook.
Offering flexible seating options in the classroom has been a great decision, writes Ashlee Tripp, a high-school English teacher in Colorado. In this blog post, she writes that the approach -- including cafe-style tables, standing desks and a couch -- makes students more comfortable and fosters collaboration.
Researchers are training algorithms to machine translate 69,000 Mesopotamian records from the 21st-century BC. Researchers on the project say about 90% of cuneiform texts remain untranslated, and if these texts can be translated, more can be learned about ancient Mesopotamia and extinct languages.
An Idaho school district has partnered with a YMCA chapter to teach the Everyday Leadership program to fifth- and sixth-graders at six schools. The after-school program focuses on leadership skills, such as teamwork, communication and conflict resolution, and includes a three-day leadership camp.
The Federal School Safety Commission will suggest eliminating a discipline rule, adopted during former President Barack Obama's administration, when it releases its report later this month. The rule was designed to prevent racial disparities related to school discipline, but many conservatives say it gives the federal government too much authority over local matters.
Democrats in the US House have proposed two bills that would fight Trump administration policy changes under Title IX and the Clery Act. The Title IX Protection Act would keep the Obama-era policy in place for investigating sexual-assault claims and the Campus Accountability and Safety Act would expand reporting requirements for how institutions are dealing with sexual harassment and assault.
Students at a Georgia middle school raised rainbow trout and then released them into a local river as part of a hands-on science lesson that taught students about ecosystems. As the fish grew, students changed water and measured chemical levels in the tank daily.
A New York state high school is opening its advanced manufacturing program to adults interested in careers in welding and machine tool operations. The program, which has 24 openings for the spring, is intended to be a pathway to further training or possibly an entry-level job.
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