The Federal Communications Commission is considering changes to Educational Broadband Service spectrum licenses -- many of which were earmarked for school districts and educational institutions -- that would open existing spectrum licenses to the open market. The move also would allow new licenses to go to districts for free, including in rural areas, where officials want to use them to expand broadband access in their communities and close the homework gap.
Children who experience trauma could be at greater risk for mental illness and addiction in adulthood, according to a study of 1,420 children in North Carolina led by William Copeland, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont. He says his research supports labeling childhood trauma a public health issue.
The head of a school in China has been removed from that position after it was discovered he was using the school's electricity to mine for bitcoin. Officials say he used eight machines over the past year, resulting in electricity costs equivalent to $2,120.
More K-12 teachers are using the popular escape room concept as a fun way to help students develop problem-solving skills. At a school in Michigan, teachers created an escape room with a candy factory theme, in which students searched for clues and answered questions related to their English-language arts curriculum.
School libraries for K-12 students are becoming hubs for learning and collaboration, with districts such as Harbor Beach Community Schools in Michigan spending $50,000 on a remodeled high-tech library media center last year. These spaces, with makerspaces and robust infrastructures, are increasingly popular for tinkering, coding and creative project work.
Many mobile apps licensed by schools go unused, according to a study co-authored by Ryan Baker, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Learning Analytics. The findings show that districts may not be getting their money's worth for the licenses, since many of the apps promise results only with regular usage and they found that a median of 97.6% of licenses were not used "intensively."
Schools may be unintentionally harming students' creativity by attempting to help cultivate it, according to writer and teacher Diana Senechal. She writes that educators -- and some employers -- are establishing systems that dissect and assess students' creativity, rather than allowing it to develop more naturally.
Educational organizations in Alaska increasingly are using technology to facilitate distance learning as part of an effort to reduce costs and expand educational opportunities for students. However, officials say, limited access to broadband internet in some areas can restrict the use of technology for learning purposes.
Mobile technology is changing the education landscape, Apple Education executive Jon Landis said this week at the State Education Technology Directors Association conference. He noted that teachers may need more training to adapt to the new "knowledge economy," where students often learn on mobile devices.