Some teachers are integrating lessons in computer science across the curriculum, according to Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer for Code.org. At a private school in Massachusetts, English teacher Peter Nilsson has students use coding to analyze texts, including news articles, speeches and rap lyrics.
A new rule planned by the Trump administration would set a fixed maximum time period that international students and scholars can stay in the US, in place of the "duration of status" designation now granted under student and certain other nonimmigrant visas. Jill Welch, the deputy executive director for public policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, says the proposed policy would undermine efforts by colleges and universities to attract international students and faculty.
Educators are tapping real-world experiences to teach science, technology, engineering and math lessons. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association offers curricula and resources to teach students about flight, while iFly offers indoor skydiving experiences to students learning about velocity, force and motion.
Icelandic, Iceland's official language and the tongue spoken by the Vikings, is facing challenges as the island nation becomes less isolated, writes Ragnar Jonasson, an author from Iceland. In this commentary, Jonasson highlights how tourism is transforming Iceland's economy and ponders what it means if English becomes more commonly used.
Students in Washington, D.C., will have the option to earn an associate's degree while in high school when the school district opens the Bard High School Early College next fall. Bard College in New York has already collaborated with districts in New York, Newark, Cleveland, Baltimore and New Orleans to create such schools, and officials say 85% of participating students go on to attend four-year colleges.
Literacy coaches at nine Mississippi elementary schools helped students improve on state reading tests so much that they are now moving on to other schools with lower levels of achievement. At one school, teacher Kristy Cornelius said the literacy coach gave her some new tools for teaching reading.
The testing opt-out movement appears to be picking up steam, with 1 in 5 New York state students opting out of standardized exams over the past four years, according to Oren Pizmony-Levy, assistant professor Columbia University's Teachers College. In this commentary, he suggests that students and families might opt out less if they were included in the decision-making process and if testing policies were more transparent.
A massive, faraway galaxy cluster dubbed Hyperion, seen as it was about 2 billion years post-Big Bang, has been spotted by astronomers using data detected by the Very Large Telescope in Chile and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii, according to findings published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. "Hyperion is like 5,000 galaxies of the Milky Way," said Steffen Miefke of the European Southern Observatory, which runs the Very Large Telescope.
Satellite images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration illustrate Hurricane Michael's effects on the Florida Panhandle. The images compare how the area looked before and after the hurricane hit as a Category 4 storm.
An Indiana school has added a weekly science, technology, engineering and math class to its rotation of enrichment courses for fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Students will work on special projects led by their STEM teacher or complete hands-on activities related to what they are learning in science and math, according to principal Renee Judy.
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