Three students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are producing a Spanish-language podcast for the Latino community in their area. The project allows the students to practice their language skills while informing Spanish-speaking listeners about news and feature stories, and highlighting people and issues that may be overlooked by other sources in the community.
Uncertainty, shifting guidance and divided public opinion are likely to affect how school leaders frame discussions about the next school year. Stephen Pruitt, president of the Southern Regional Education Board, said it's important that leaders have a solid plan, "but there's got to be a recognition that you may have to call an audible."
Twenty-six math activities are mapped out along a Math Walk today in Northampton, Mass., to help people push aside math anxiety and experience the subject unusual ways, says Megan Allen, founder of the Community Classroom, which devised the walk with the Western Massachusetts Math Partnership. Adults and children can tackle the chalked-out math tasks, riddles and jokes with the help of strolling mathematicians who will "prod people's thinking along" to focus on the joy of problem-solving, Allen says.
More students found science interesting and relevant during the pandemic, but at least a third of high-school students worried that they wouldn't be able to complete their STEM courses, according to an analysis of AmeriSpeak survey data last summer. Multiple teaching modes and constraints on supplies available at students' home were some of the issues, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine, explained at a science symposium.
A Tennessee school district plans to use grant funding to turn an unused school bus into a mobile reading lab. Career and technical education students will work to retrofit the bus, turning it into a reading lab that can take lessons and activities directly to students.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will add a section to the next Program for International Student Assessment to help assess the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on students' education. Andreas Schleicher, director of education and skills at the OECD and coordinator for Pisa, said the effort is aimed at getting the student perspective on the past year.
Johns Hopkins University's eSchool+ Initiative, UNICEF and the World Bank are collaborating on a "global education recovery tracker," which is aimed at supporting 200 countries and territories. The tracker, which shows that 51 countries offered in-person instruction as of March, is intended to help school leaders make decisions about reopening and recovering from disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Online teacher communities on social media or other online spaces can help support STEM education, writes Naomi Harm, a STEM innovator specialist and global K-12 education consultant. In this blog post, Harm shares three ways she has connected with online teacher communities, including by searching key hashtags.
Alejandro Diasgranados, a National Teacher of the Year finalist from Washington, D.C., says he reaches students by tapping into shared backgrounds and showing them how they can connect to the world around them. Diasgranados says a canoe trip for science and writing letters to express anger about a current event are some ways to give students agency.
Cybercriminals increasingly are targeting US schools, with about 44 attacks reported this school year, according to Allan Liska, a ransomware analyst at Recorded Future, a cybersecurity company. These attacks can be costly -- even for schools that choose not to pay -- and can cause schools to cancel classes.
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