The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation are launching four academies -- in Atlanta; Calexico, Calif.; Newark, N.J.; and Reno, Nev. -- aimed at teaching coding as a second language to middle- and high-school students. One goal of the program is to expose students of color from low-income backgrounds to STEM-related courses.
Funding has stalled the widespread adoption of augmented- and virtual-reality technologies in classrooms, according to a report from ABI Research. Forecasts show that the education sector is projected to spend $6 billion annually on such technologies and that some equipment costs are expected to fall.
The process of building the classroom "word wall" engages students in learning, writes Justine Bruyere, a lecturer at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. In this blog post, Bruyere shares five strategies for improving the literacy tool, including working together to establish rules and celebrating the words.
A Washington, D.C., school has installed a recording studio as part of an urban arts program intended to help keep students engaged in school. One sophomore has used the studio as an outlet to share his songs, written about his friends and classmates killed in gun violence.
Lessons and conversations about food are a good way to introduce students to global concepts, across subject areas, Sarah Anderson writes. Anderson shares several food-related activities that a colleague uses in her classroom, including a geography lesson in which students map their food sources.
In Switzerland's medieval Basse-Ville, between separate German-speaking and French-speaking areas of Fribourg, residents speak a dialect known as le Bolze. The language is unique for several reasons, including that people begin by fluently speaking both French and Swiss German before learning the dialect specific to the community.
About 42% of teachers and 45% of parents teach children about climate change, according to two NPR/Ipsos polls. Data show that most teachers and parents say such lessons are important, but some teachers say climate change lessons are not related to the subjects they teach.
Efforts are underway at the state and federal levels to enact permanent daylight saving time and to move to later the start of the school day. Recent studies -- and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- find these moves could improve the well-being of students, allowing them to get more sleep and leading them to adopt healthier habits.
To prepare the workforce for the future, colleges and universities will need to adjust their curricula and delivery methods to equip workers with soft skills and technical knowledge, according to a white paper from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group. Providing lifelong learning opportunities and access to education is key to developing workers for the future, the authors note.
Students need to understand that the things they're learning in class can be applied to the real world, writes Erin Sweeney, executive director of Schools That Can Newark. Young people who learn the career and cultural relevancy of math, science and other subjects can become the empowered decision-makers of tomorrow, she writes.
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