Private groups on social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat are increasing in popularity with college students looking for a place to share less-public thoughts and experiences. Experts say that college students use these outlets to tap into a virtual community of shared experiences on a variety of topics.
New Jersey students in grades four through 12 could vote online in a mock presidential primary this month for a hands-on civics lesson. NJ Vote 100 gave teachers an opportunity to get students thinking about the power of civic engagement, the history of voting rights, and what candidates and issues they want to support when they're old enough to vote.
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg proposed making four-year public college free for students from families with incomes less than $100,000 and making community college free to all. Bloomberg's plan would also double Pell grants and allow student loan forgiveness for students who attended predatory or failed for-profit colleges.
Teachers' professional development is in need of reform, including transitioning from "PD activities to creating PD experiences," according to a presentation at the TCEA Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas. In this blog post, Kanoe Namahoe, director of content for SmartBrief Education and Leadership, shares several other highlights from the conference.
A California school district credits its partnership with Khan Academy for improvements in students' scores on state tests and SATs. Under the partnership, teachers incorporate Khan instructional videos -- focused on SAT prep, math and other subjects -- into lessons.
A spike in TikTok use in India has some teachers looking to integrate the video-sharing social platform in lessons through Edutok and other programs. This is a new phase in a movement started by YouTube and Facebook to embed learning on social platforms, write Divya J. Shekhar and Pankti Mehta Kadakia.
California seventh-grader Indigo Prasad wasn't keen on dissecting a real frog, so she researched virtual and synthetic alternatives for an independent science project. Prasad's research showing that the alternatives were just as good as the real thing persuaded her school to give students a choice and earned her an award from an animal-rights organization.
Educators in Ireland give flipped instruction -- where students learn via videos and other at-home methods then complete problem solving at school -- a mixed review, with some suggesting it be adopted and others urging caution. Educators say the practice helps to differentiate instruction and meet students where they are, but others urge that flipped instruction has limits.
School IT leaders need to consider board members' perspectives when trying to get technology purchasing plans approved, writes Micah Castelo. Although boards know ed tech is beneficial, they may have trouble understanding the problems and solutions and have concerns about expenses, Castelo writes.
There are 1,385 education-technology companies in the US, about 43% of the total worldwide, according to a report from RS Components. However, the company said there still is more that can be done and that edtech companies are not being used to their full potential.
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