Amazon's purchase of grocer Whole Foods could signal a trend that has implications for higher education, suggests Sean Gallagher of Northeastern University. In this commentary, Gallagher writes about the integration of online and offline channels and what this could mean for colleges and universities.
Nearly 70% of millennials believe that student-loan debt is a more important issue than threats from North Korea, and nearly half say it's more serious than global warming, a survey finds. About 43.3 million student borrowers hold education-related debt worth $1.41 trillion, the survey states.
Educators can help students get in the "learning zone" by focusing less on performance, asserts Eduardo Briceno, co-founder and CEO of Mindset Works. In this blog post, he writes that students should be consistently challenged and feedback should be provided from teachers and peers.
Some Detroit high-school students are learning about African-American history and culture -- spanning from Africa to the US civil rights movement -- by studying different eras of music with teacher Quincy Stewart. Students listened to sounds from African countries and songs popular during the Black Panther movement to better understand historical events, politics and power.
Seven states have adopted computer science education standards, and eight states are drafting such standards, according to a report by a group of computer science education organizations. The report offers recommendations for state leaders to help improve computer science education.
Educator and author Matthew Farber in this blog post describes how he aligns Genius Hour projects with Common Core State Standards for middle-school social studies. He shares how he helps students manage projects and the makerspace-style work that students produce.
First-grade teacher Bretta Loeffler in this interview says she uses various education-technology tools to create interactive, blended-learning lessons. Loeffler, who was named a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, says she uses tools, such as Blendspaces, Echo Dot and interactive whiteboards.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a progress report about the department's efforts to eliminate unnecessary regulations. The progress report shows that the department is evaluating 150 regulations and 1,677 pieces of policy guidance.
A survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council found that 86% of companies worldwide plan to hire MBA graduates, an increase from 79% in 2016, with 52% of employers saying starting salaries also will be higher. "This signifies the value these programs create for students and the vital role their skillsets bring employers," says Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC president and CEO.
About half of US high schools have moved away from publishing class rankings, and college and university admissions officers are adapting to the change. When rankings aren't available, they are looking more closely at factors such as students' grades as well as curriculum rigor, said Melanie Gottlieb, deputy director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
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