As more schools assign homework that has to be done online, a homework gap has emerged for the 15% of American households with school-age children who lack access to high-speed internet access, according to a Pew Research Center report. S. Craig Watkins, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has studied the digital divide says it is an "institutional blind spot" for many who are integrating technology into curricula.
Chicago Public Schools plans to spend about $450,000 to expand its competitive International Baccalaureate programs in 56 schools. Each IB school will receive between $1,000 to $17,000 for professional development for teachers and administrators.
More than 2,000 teenagers answered a call by The New York Times to show photos of their lives to help capture the "complete" lifestyle of Generation Z. The images -- including a teen mother cradling her infant and a student-athlete waiting for word about college -- aim to help counter stereotypes of Generation Z.
Hands-on learning programs help students with disabilities learn important life and job skills, writes Brooke Gilmer, director of special-education services for an Alabama school district. Students in Gilmer's program are exploring such job fields as retail and hospitality, and some students are seeing achievement gains as high as 250%, from pretest to post-test.
Some mobile apps that claim to help young children learn may not be designed to teach them in the ways they need, according to a study of 171 math and literacy apps by researchers at the University of California at Irvine. Josh Golin, executive director of the nonprofit Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, says many apps are marketed as educational even though their claims lack evidence.
Students in a Pennsylvania school district have produced a video on the district's website that encourages students to be vigilant and speak up if they see a potential threat. The video embraces the message of the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise, "See Something, Say Something."
NBC News recently published an opinion piece on its website written by students from Bethlehem Central High School in New York that condemned Megyn Kelly's recent controversial comments about blackface. Kelly is a graduate of the high school, where students said her comments are not a reflection of their community.
Most millennials say the best way to fix problems in the US educational system is to pay teachers more, give additional funding to public education and invest in local schools, according to an ongoing GenForward survey. Younger Americans also support charter schools and vouchers for low-income students, University of Chicago researcher Cathy Cohen, says in this Q&A.
School districts are finding it difficult to hire enough teachers, and some are turning to remote learning to fill the gap. Administrators say classes taught by remote teachers via a screen can work well with the right in-classroom support.