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.
Students at the University of Texas at El Paso serve as mentors in a local school district to 50,000 students a year, helping the younger students to develop their technology skills. The Tech-E program also is designed to boost confidence and soft skills in the college students.
The now Democratic-led US House could bring closer scrutiny to higher-education policies under US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. However, little progress may be made on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, even under new House leadership.
Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel recently proposed establishing a $1 billion national fund to close the "homework gap." The plan includes using the federal E-rate subsidy program to expand access to the internet across US schools.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received a $598,402 National Science Foundation grant to implement and analyze the use of flipped teaching methods in science, technology, engineering and math courses. Researchers plan to look at designing a broad framework for the flipped model to better engage, teach and retain students in STEM.