It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.
More schools are collecting and using information about student attendance and grades to flag kids at risk of dropping out — often before anyone realizes they need help.
Students’ racial identities play a big part in how they approach classroom relationships and learning, and teachers can learn strategies to make all their students feel comfortable and capable of learning.
Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.
A Colorado school district is trying to prove to the state that its performance-based assessments of student learning work better than state standardized tests.
The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it’s that students aren’t writing enough.
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
Pushing students to go beyond what they think they can do is at the core of good teaching. Challenging tasks keep students engaged and curious to learn more, driving their learning to new depths.