Hardening schools has been a lower security priority than mental health and prevention, said Max Schachter of Safe Schools for Alex during a recent meeting with the Federal Commission on School Safety. Schachter, whose son was killed in the Parkland school shooting, says technologies like ballistic-hardened glass can boost safety but some education leaders say these measures could impair learning.
Some schools are tracking the words students type on school computers using safety management platforms, including Gaggle, Securly, and GoGuardian. The use of platforms, however, has raised questions about how to balance school safety and students' privacy.
Incoming freshmen at Ohio State University are the first to participate in a Digital Flagship partnership with Apple Inc. Under the program, the university will provide students with an Apple iPad Pro and other technology for free -- costing the university about $11.1 million over four years.
Brooke Sparkman, a kindergarten teacher in Texas, recently took to Facebook to get "sponsors" for each of her students. It took just three hours to get enough sponsors, each of whom pledged to pray over and provide an uplifting book for their student.
About half of educators say they use vendor reports to find education-technology products, but just 24% say they trust vendors to conduct reliable research, according to an Education Research Perspectives survey. Survey respondents say schools and districts, research firms and education nonprofit organizations are best-suited to perform valid studies on these tools.
Students who multitask with devices during class -- taking lecture notes while scrolling social media -- can process information in the moment but will struggle to retain that information long term, according to a study published in the journal Educational Psychology. The researchers also report lower exam performance and risk of distracting other students.
District 27J, in Colorado, is anticipating $1 million in savings after switching to a four-day schedule for the new school year. The district, which serves 18,000 students, has extended the school day by 40 minutes and will offer child care to compensate for the extra day off.
New learning spaces -- including active classrooms and makerspaces -- and increased use of analytics technologies are the leading education-technology trends in higher education, according to an Educause report. More long-term trends include artificial intelligence, open educational resources and use of adaptive-learning technologies, the report showed.
Students in Texas school districts are learning math in a more conceptual way instead of relying on rote memorization. The process can be confusing for some parents when it comes to homework, says Marcy Corley, Frisco Independent School District's elementary and math coordinator, so her district created online videos to help parents understand the methods.
Driving student performance cannot happen unless administrators can thoughtfully and ethically analyze data, according to a Data Quality Campaign report. Researchers say state policymakers can support administrators by improving access to data, promoting data-use skills and protecting student information.
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