Barb Schwamman, award-winning superintendent of Osage Community Schools and Riceville Community School District in Iowa, stresses the importance of computer science in the schools. Under her leadership, computer science is a graduation requirement at Osage, students in all grades can explore coding and technology, and teachers are learning ways to integrate computer science into other subjects.
College students are concerned about the use of internet algorithms and potential threats to their personal privacy, according to a study by the nonprofit Project Information Literacy. Researchers found, however, that while students are knowledgeable overall about algorithms, they are less aware of how their data is used.
Three educators at the Future of Education Technology Conference shared a professional development model that uses design thinking to offer a richer experience for teachers. During their presentation they shared how their "CampTEACH, for Technology Empowering Academic Change" program helps educators integrate technology effectively into the classroom.
Lawmakers in Georgia are considering a plan by Gov. Brian Kemp to place some limitations on the state's dual-enrollment program. Under the proposal, high-school students would be limited to earning 30 college credit hours and only upperclassmen could participate, in an effort to control costs.
Plans for a strategic rollout of an e-learning program in Marshall Public Schools in Minnesota were thwarted by weather. Jeremy Williams, director of teaching and learning, shares how the district adjusted the initial plan to establish an e-learning program more quickly than anticipated because of episodes of inclement weather.
T-Mobile is providing 400 hotspots for students without home internet access in Staunton, Va., as well as donating $26,000 to Staunton City Schools Equity First Fund. In addition, the school district is providing 300 Chromebooks to families without home computers.
Elementary-school principals in Indiana are part of a growing trend of school leaders engaging with students and families through weekly book read-alouds on social media. ""Some of our kids might not have someone at home to read to them, so I think this is a good platform to provide at least one story a week," said Erica Robinson, principal of Hess Elementary School.
More than one-third of college admissions officers look at applicants' social media presence -- including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts -- when considering an applicant, according to a survey from Kaplan Test Prep. The survey finds that about 38% of admissions officials reported finding something in an applicant's social media accounts that was favorable -- while about 32% found something unfavorable.
Technology leaders in this article outline seven education-technology trends to watch in 2020 and beyond. Among them is augmented reality integrated into learning, which Matt Noble, executive vice president for EF Explore America, says enables students to "look out rather than look down."
As NPR opens its Student Podcast Challenge, grand-prize winners of the first contest -- students in Tennessee and New York -- reflect on how they were affected by the process of creating their winning podcasts. High-school juniors in Tennessee say working on their podcast gave them confidence and helped them discover previously unknown passions.