Fifty-three percent of 2021 graduates completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid as of July 2 -- a 4.8% decline from the year before -- according to data released by the National College Attainment Network. Data shows larger declines among students of color and those from low-income households.
A high-school student in Colorado has created a local delivery service, Bumble Basket, that provides free, rapid COVID-19 tests. Kenner Galdamez-Sosa said he has promoted the service on social media platforms such as Facebook and Nextdoor, which attracted significant community interest.
Over 4,000 people from around 120 countries are expected to attend a free, online conference next week held by Scratch, a free coding system for children developed by the MIT Media Lab. Mitch Resnick, an MIT professor whose research group developed Scratch, says the conference is an opportunity for teachers to connect and learn from one another.
Five states' plans to spend federal relief funds on education were approved Thursday by the US Department of Education. They include Oklahoma, which plans to start a Math Tutoring Corps, and Ohio, which plans to invest in trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices.
The 5-Star Students activity management system showed student leaders at an Illinois high school that 37% of students weren't attending events such as pep rallies, and an online survey helped them find new ways to create a sense of belonging for more students, writes Dave Eddy, a teacher and student activities coordinator at the school. Based on the survey results, large events, such as the Winter Festival and Spring Fling, now include smaller activities, such as a video game tournament or cricket games, and more students are engaged, Eddy writes.
The nonprofit education-technology firm Movers & Shakers NYC launched the mobile app Kinfolk that allows students, via augmented reality, to learn the stories of famous Black historical figures. Through the app, students can examine artifacts, read biographies and learn more about historical figures.
Idaho has created a centralized campus database that allows students to research online programs, enroll, register for classes and transfer to other campuses. The platform was designed by Quottly and is available across the state's eight public colleges and universities.
Virtual learning programs will be offered by 128 of the nation's largest school districts, and 12 more are still deciding. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is prompting many parents to seek online learning options, particularly for younger students.
Schools face long-standing infrastructure needs, according to a survey of teachers, principals and other school district leaders by EdWeek Research Center. Results find that 5% of respondents report school buildings are in "poor" condition, and 28% say they are "fair."
An online platform, Brainly, that crowdsources homework questions is used by more than 350 million students. In this interview, Polish entrepreneur Michal Borkowski says the goal of the site is to help students better understand their homework, and he describes how the site's honor code is enforced.