Fantasy role-playing games such as "Dungeons & Dragons" can help improve students' academic performances as well as social and emotional skills, according to research by professor David Simkins of the Rochester Institute of Technology. The research shows that role-playing games can increase learning and intellectual curiosity in subjects from math and science to critical reading and history, Simkins said.
Preparing children for a future workforce involving machine learning and data algorithms starts with ensuring teachers are ready and equipped to prepare their students, Microsoft Ireland's head of education, Kevin Marshall, says. Education-technology advocate Abdul Chohan says that teaching skills such as coding will expose students to "computational thinking" -- logic and patterns -- as well as enhance their social and emotional skills.
A report released by the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and The Badass Teachers Association advises schools should limit social media use and ensure they have strong data privacy systems in place to protect students' information. The groups found that teachers said they have inadequate training in data privacy, yet they feel pressured to implement education technology they don't necessarily understand.
Digital citizenship encompasses respect of privacy, feelings and property, which can be connected to students' issues with cyberbullying, writes Harvard-trained psychiatrist Shimi Kang. According to research, students who are more equipped with social and emotional learning have better coping skills, are more empathetic and may perform better academically, Kang writes.
The testing opt-out movement appears to be picking up steam, with 1 in 5 New York state students opting out of standardized exams over the past four years, according to Oren Pizmony-Levy, assistant professor Columbia University's Teachers College. In this commentary, he suggests that students and families might opt out less if they were included in the decision-making process and if testing policies were more transparent.
A high school in Michigan recently opened a mechatronics lab, where students will prepare for careers in engineering, electronics and robotics. The lab includes electronic and engineering equipment, as well as 20 new computers.
Chance the Rapper recently drove undercover for Lyft to raise funds for arts programs at Chicago Public Schools using Lyft's app feature "Round Up and Donate." The rapper, who wore a disguise and called himself John, chatted with passengers about different topics -- including giving to education -- before revealing his real identity.
Pearson's investment in electronic books, online courses and other digital ventures appears to be paying off, as the company reported a 27% increase in shares in the past year. About half of Pearson's sales of higher-education courseware were digital last year.
As some teens forge successful -- and lucrative -- YouTube careers, a growing number of teens are seeking to follow in their footsteps. Damian Salas, assistant dean of Drexel University's Entrepreneurship Programs, says while YouTube can be a successful business, a college degree remains necessary.
A one-on-one laptop program in a North Carolina school district had a much more limited effect on students' academic performance than was previously thought, according to a study co-authored by Marie Hull, an economist at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The study shows that students who received the laptops read less -- only 40 minutes per day, down from 45 minutes.
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