Member institutions of The Council of Independent Colleges are now offering students the chance to enroll in discounted online courses through its partnership with College Consortium. CIC President Richard Ekman says the goal is to help smaller colleges without online resources boost retention and graduation rates.
Digital portfolios can help students take responsibility for their learning and offer an interested audience for students' work, elementary-school principal Matt Renwick writes in this commentary. He shares four tips for setting up digital portfolios, including letting students be in control and to focus on the process.
School administrators nationwide looking for ways to prevent violent incidents on campus are using social media to help identify potential threats. The practice, particularly involving students' accounts, has sparked debate over security and students' rights.
The Philadelphia School Partnership recently launched a website to help recruit more teachers to fill an estimated 150 open positions. TeachPHL.org is free, and allows users to search for available jobs, access professional development and more.
Ongoing professional development, rapidly evolving technology and staying relevant to the "future of work" are a few of the key education-technology challenges for next year that K-12 educators and other stakeholders identified in a report released Tuesday. The Consortium for School Networking's report also listed what respondents said are the most effective trends in K-12 education, including personalization and data-driven practices.
President Donald Trump's administration on Monday released a five-year plan to expand science, technology, engineering and math education. The plan calls for more basic education about STEM concepts, an increase in STEM access and support for students who want to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Efforts to limit the amount of students' screen time may be less effective than focusing on how they are using their screens, according to several education-technology experts. Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology Education, says screen time is best used to collaborate and problem-solve.
Teachers are sharing lesson ideas, classroom decorations and even outfits on Instagram using common hashtags such as #teachersofinstagram. Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens says connecting with other educators through Instagram has helped her form an online community of ideas and camaraderie.
New technology trends predicted to affect higher education in the next one to five years include a greater emphasis on big data, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence, according to the 2018 NMC Horizon Report. Some challenges outlined in the report include increasing digital equity and overcoming economic and political pressures.
High-schoolers, specifically student-athletes, are toning down what they share publicly on social media, after learning from mistakes made by other teenagers, write Mike Zacchio and Mike Dougherty. Middle-schoolers, however, are becoming more of a problem regarding sharing risky behavior online and posting things that could lead to discipline or regret, experts say.
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