School leaders and technology decision-makers should get input from teachers before purchasing technology, according to a report from MDR Education. The report, which surveyed 4,400 K-12 US educators, also found that teachers want more training on using the technologies in their classrooms.
Some schools and universities are testing the use of virtual reality to replace costly laboratories where students learn via cadavers. Faculty name several advantages of VR, including improved safety for dangerous experiments and the ability to let students repeat lessons -- such as dissection -- so they learn from their mistakes.
Media specialist Erick Hanson created a media club in his library to help students learn how to create -- and not just consume -- content. The club, run by students and funded by grants they secured, has taught them the challenges of creating a compelling narrative and how to transition an idea if it fails, among other lessons.
Funding for Pell Grants and workforce training may see modest funding increases as Congress works to reconcile a 2019 congressional spending package. Lawmakers have focused on advancing smaller funding packages instead of an omnibus bill to meet September's deadline to pass government funding measures.
Undergraduate programs appear ready for disruption, writes Robert MacIntosh of Heriot-Watt University. In this commentary, he envisions a world in which students cobble together courses from different universities and academics get paid directly for their content.
Media specialists can embrace the "unconference" movement to network with fellow educators, writes Ge-Anne Bolhuis, a Georgia school district instructional technology specialist and media specialist liaison. In this commentary, she shares three suggestions for building such a network, including by using Twitter and organizing local CoffeeEDU meetings.
Canvas has replaced Blackboard as the leading learning management system used by US colleges and universities, owing to its success the use of the cloud, according to a MindWires Consulting report. Blackboard, in a move to win back its clients, has moved its platform to the cloud and has expanded product offerings beyond the LMS.
The American Civil Liberties Union is speaking out against some schools' plans to use facial recognition technology as part of their video surveillance systems. The ACLU has stated its concerns about privacy and hacking, including the potential that someone's facial image could be used to track their movements retroactively.
More frequent screen time may boost teens' risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, according to a study of 2,587 10th-graders in Los Angeles in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Findings show that students who were high frequency users of seven or 14 digital media platforms studied were more than twice as likely to develop ADHD symptoms as students who didn't have a high frequency use rate of any of the online social activities.
Technology is helping students with special needs integrate more easily into mainstream classes, some educators say. In a Washington state school district, elementary-school students with special needs coded robots in a pilot program that taught them technical and problem-solving skills, perseverance and communication.
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