A survey by Rave Mobile Safety found that 57% of colleges and universities made use of their mass notification systems fewer than five times last year and mainly for such messages as weather alerts and safety information. The report offers suggestions to maximize use, including expanding the topics covered and providing information for campus visitors.
New guidelines to be released to schools in the UK call for lessons on how students can protect themselves online. The lessons, focused in part on social media, are to begin as early as age 4.
College students want academic and career guidance, but most are not making time to meet with their adviser, according to a report from Civitas and the Center for Generational Kinetics. The report showed that 44% want in-person coaching, but other preferred methods include email (18%), videoconferencing (11%) and a personalized college app (10%), Dian Schaffhauser writes.
Project Lead the Way, a project-based curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math, is releasing technology-based questions that aim to measure skills such as collaboration and general problem-solving. The questions are designed to test students on their academics in real-world scenarios.
Most states -- 41 -- are spending less on higher education today than they did before the 2008 recession, according to a report from the American Federation of Teachers. Tuition, meanwhile, has increased at four-year colleges by 40% and at two-year colleges by 36% over that time, adjusted for inflation, the report notes.
The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.
A Minnesota school district will begin phasing out the use of its interactive whiteboards in classrooms because of a lack of available funding to update or replace them. Dean Herold, a middle-school teacher, says that he'll have to adjust lesson plans as the boards are phased out.
Officials in a Pennsylvania school district are considering a contract that would allow them to lease a Chromebook device for every student at a high school for three years. The Chromebooks -- $83,000 for 1,225 devices -- would replace the school's current technology, which includes carts of laptops available for students.
Many YouTube videos paint a negative picture about public education and teachers in these schools, says education researcher Burhanettin Keskin of the University of Mississippi. Keskin aims to shed light on how technology providers could be slanting public opinion with their platforms.
The unlikely pair of a former skinhead, Arno Michaelis, and Pardeep Kaleka, a trauma therapist whose father was killed by an associate of Michaelis', are teaching students how to practice unity. The duo's story has moved some students to start their own social-justice projects aimed at serving the community.