President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan is fueling optimism that the jobs it could create will boost university enrollment. An analysis from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that 7 million newly created jobs will require some level of college education, with at least 2 million requiring a bachelor's degree or higher.
A recent meta-analysis found that children ages 1 to 8 were less likely to understand picture books if they read the ebook version instead of the print version, but only when the ebook didn't have effective enhancements. For the analysis, researchers examined more than 39 studies involving more than 1,800 children. Though generally print picture books outperformed their digital counterparts in terms of reader comprehension, if the ebooks contained enhancements that reinforced story content not only did the print advantage go away but students learned more.
Microsoft OneNote is, as the name suggests, a note-taking tool that also works as a way of organizing those digitally jotted down thoughts. It's free, it's feature rich, and it's available on nearly all platforms. Both computer and smartphone app-based use of OneNote allow you to access its many features that include written notes, drawing, importing content from the web, and plenty more. OneNote also works with stylus technology, such as Apple Pencil, making it a powerful alternative to the likes of Evernote. It's also a great way for teachers to provide feedback and annotate work while keeping everything digital.
IXL is a goal-based learning system that can intelligently learn how a student is struggling so as to offer adaptive skills practices to help them better progress toward learning goals. But it's possible for teachers and parents to help maximize these good effects by using IXL better. IXL is a great way to give students the opportunity to explore their own learning needs. Since the platform works intelligently to assess and guide students to improve on areas they're struggling with, it allows them freedom. Teachers and parents can use the analytics to track progress and set specific goals. But it can be beneficial to let students explore for themselves.
Thoughtful social media posts that provoke discussion among peers can be an excellent way to further an academic career through increased recognition, Angel Jones, an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, writes. Jones describes some recent posts and explains additional benefits of using social media to enhance scholarship.
Selective schools such as Harvard need to rethink their admissions policies and practices to increase the number of students from underserved populations, writes columnist Helaine Olen. The percentage of applicants admitted to Harvard has dropped by half since 2007, and the university would do well to dip into its endowment for resources to open its doors to a more diverse student body, Olen asserts.
West Oregon University, the oldest university in the state, is downsizing its programs and cutting a dozen full-time faculty in response to declining enrollment. Faculty and students have protested the move, saying it will change the culture of the campus and damage the quality of education.
Students and faculty at a number of colleges and universities are working to facilitate and staff vaccination clinics in underserved areas of their local communities. Temple University College of Public Health vaccinated more than 1,000 essential workers and senior citizens in public housing.
A $30 million gift from Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, will enable 20 students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit tuition-free. The money also will help the establishment of a permanent endowment for the graduate school that offers degrees in architecture, design, craft and fine art.
Colleges and universities trying to establish vaccination policies are finding increasing legal and political issues. Some states, like Texas and Florida, forbid denying service based on vaccination status, and the emergency status of the three vaccinations may create a legal limbo around whether they can be mandated.
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