A decade-old Georgia program offers 7,900 courses through an online campus with options for students in fourth grade through high school to take a few courses virtually or to learn online full-time. Some elementary schools and one middle school are also using "blended classrooms," with in-person teachers and online classes, which allow students to work at their own pace.
Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference in the United Kingdom, suggested that private schools try out new artificial intelligence assessment technology that he says may eventually replace traditional exams. Such programs would give students more detailed performance reports instead of simple grades and would be useful to potential employers in the future.
A school district in Utah purchased more than 40 sensors to detect vaping and cigarette smoking and installed them in all of its high-school and middle-school bathrooms. Officials say the purchase was driven largely by parent groups who wanted schools to take action on the teen vaping trend.
In a recent Twitter thread, more than 150 educators shared best practices for integrating movies into classroom lessons. This blog post highlights six of the suggestions, including allowing students to compare books with their movie adaptations and using interactive technology.
A shortage of teachers in the US -- estimated in 2018 at about 112,000 -- has some schools recruiting educators from overseas. International teachers say that, despite some challenges, they are drawn by higher pay and increased opportunities.
Some Illinois schools plan to cancel Halloween celebrations, saying that not all students celebrate it. Michelle Cooney, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, says the goal is to ensure that all students who attend the school feel included and welcomed.
Students in the Advance Com class at one Minnesota high school spend their time updating and customizing websites for local businesses, using the money generated to fund technology scholarships for students. Teachers say the class helps students understand business and build communication skills by working with clients.
School districts can save as much as $1 million over five years by investing in mentorship programs for new teachers, according to an analysis of the New Teacher Center's work in Chicago Public Schools. Besides the cost savings, data shows that mentoring new teachers has resulted in learning gains for students.
A large number of education-technology licenses are never used, and about 98% are not used intensively, according to a report by BrightBytes -- findings backed by a separate study from Glimpse K12 that found 67% of educational software product licenses go unused. One potential cause is that edtech purchases are not aligned with the needs of students and teachers.