Video clips can provide students with a deeper understanding of content, but the clips need to be used in a purposeful way, writes Rebecca Alber, instructor at the University of California at Los Angeles' Graduate School of Education. Alber shares some curricular reasons and tips on using video clips in class.
When makers of education products conduct -- or pay to have an organization conduct -- studies on their tools, the results of those studies generally show benefits 70% higher than results from independent research, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers attribute the findings to the lack of negative studies released by a developer and the ways the studies are manipulated to skew the results.
AI4K12, a working group established by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, soon may release curriculum guidelines about artificial intelligence. Officials say this is part of an effort to prepare students for future careers, but one key challenge is that many teachers lack AI training.
Poetry is an effective form of self-expression for middle- and high-school students, writes Ryan Tahmaseb, director of library services at a school in Massachusetts. In this blog post, he shares six strategies to help engage students in poetry, including helping students identify poetry they enjoy.
Students at a public-charter school in Georgia -- the first Japanese-English dual-language immersion school in the state -- are learning to be "global citizens," says Chenyi Zhang, assistant professor of early-childhood and elementary education at Georgia State University. Educators say the school will help prepare students to be successful in a global society.
Students in a Grade 9 Mi'kmaw language class in Nova Scotia, Canada, are promoting the language by posting a word-of-the-day on Twitter. The project began in January, and students have shared dozens of words, with efforts made to make connections to the date of the posts.
Educators can make the local-global connection more powerful for students by having them connect with local indigenous cultures, suggests Jennifer Klein, head of school of Gimnasio Los Caobos in Colombia. Klein shares how these real-life interactions can replace more common indigenous museum projects that can convey the idea that these cultures are extinct, Klein writes.
More than 3 million students in over 30 countries are forming connections through the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning program. Students in some Northern Ireland classrooms, for example, are connecting with their peers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where they are collaborating on projects and developing understanding of other cultures.
Math Card Wars and the One Incorrect worksheet are two games that engage students with math facts while they have fun, teacher Michelle Russell writes. In this blog post, she writes that both games are easy to prepare and can help keep students learning while they wait for spring break to begin.
New York City schools use computer simulations to help prepare new principals, writes Larry Woodbridge, executive director of principal preparation programs in the New York City Department of Education. Woodbridge shares how simulations can help offer a safe environment to tackle difficult conversations and situations, including exploring racial inequity and school safety.
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