Elementary- and middle-school students in Eugene, Ore., were asked to reimagine historical monuments by identifying appropriate commemoration criteria and then naming people they felt meet those criteria. Students then created four-sided mockups of monuments based on the people they selected.
Few K-12 technology leaders come to the role well-versed in both education and technology, and "[t]he bulk of the job is how you apply technology to educational problems," says Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking. In this article, IT leaders from three school districts share their experiences and talk about addressing challenges that have arisen during the pandemic.
Augmented reality can help to engage students in lessons, writes Christine Danhoff, K-12 technology integration specialist at Genoa Area Local Schools in Ohio. In this article, Danhoff shares seven tools, including Merge Cube, which allows students to virtually handle artifacts and objects, and Quiver Masks, which helps students to take on the persona of characters in a story.
A group of students in Lisa Deyarza's legal studies class at Miami Lakes Middle School in Florida drafted and lobbied for a flood prevention ordinance after Tropical Storm Eta shuttered area schools for days. The students' amendment, which received tentative approval this month, goes before the town council for final voting July 13.
President Joe Biden's Department of Education will likely shift -- and possibly expand -- federal guidance and policies on school discipline back to those of the Obama Administration. Ronn Nozoe, CEO of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, says federal guidance represents a floor or minimum -- not a ceiling -- for schools, while ABC Unified School District Superintendent Mary Sieu says no students have been expelled from her California district in more than a decade.
"Witness stones" on the ground along a street in Old Lyme, Conn. -- markers that identify 14 of the estimated 200 enslaved individuals who lived in the area -- were created by seventh-graders from Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. As part of a history and English project, students -- including some who said they were unaware of slavery in their community -- used primary documents, such as the 1790 census, to research each person's story and write poems about them.
Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C., is embarking on a grading-structure change, and Chief Academic Officer Nancy Gregory explains that a grading task force has been set up at each school, modeled after two task forces at the district level. Penelope Atkinson, executive director of secondary education, recommends districts considering such changes gather input from all stakeholders and avoid rushing the process.
Some of the students graduating this year from Catholic high schools that are part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles describe lessons learned and the challenges they faced during the pandemic school year. Analise Espinoza, who graduated from Saint Joseph High School, faced the devastation of losing her father to COVID-19, and Geovanny Martinez says he learned the value of hard work, which paid off in his schoolwork and playing the viola.
Catholic and other nonpublic schools in an Illinois district experienced an uptick in enrollment at the beginning of the pandemic and now expect even greater increases in the fall. Officials attribute the switch to their offerings of in-person instruction.
A Catholic school in Wisconsin won a verdict in Wisconsin Supreme Court that upholds its right to hold in-person learning despite a state directive that prohibited it. The school's attorneys cited "freedom of conscience" clauses in arguing the case.
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