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3 Ways Technology Should Be Reinventing Rural Education (E-School News)
By Bryan C. Hassel and Stephanie Dean
Technology makes it possible for each of us to do more, learn more, and be more connected. That’s true for education in general, but its potential seems particularly compelling for rural schools, which struggle to offer an array of learning opportunities, to transport students to a central facility, and to get the best combination of teachers from small candidate pools.
Kindergarteners Who Share iPads May Perform Better: Study (TIME)
By Alexandra Sifferlin
Students perform better if they share an iPad with another student as opposed to having one all to themselves, according to a new study.
Though schools nationwide have ramped up their efforts to introduce technology in the classroom, there’s just a small body of evidence on the benefits for students. Now a new study suggests that iPads do have a role in academic performance, but the effect may be greater when students collaborate.
Mentoring Is the Down Payment on Our Future (Huffington Post)
By Julie Kantor
“Service is the Rent We Pay for Living,” said our high school graduation speaker Marian Wright Edelman in 1987.
I agree. And reflecting add, Mentoring is the Down payment on our Future.
Los Angeles District Oks New All-Girls Science, Tech School (Houston Chronicle, Texas)
By Christine Armario
The nation’s second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects.
K-12 Schools Still Mix Print and Digital Content (Education Week)
By Sean Cavanagh
The massive shift in school districts from print to digital content is widely viewed in education technology circles as inevitable—and highly desirable. In many school systems, however, the reality is that the transition is playing out incrementally, and that teachers will be relying on printed materials for years to come, for a host of financial and technological reasons.
World Fails to Reach Millennium Education Targets (BBC News)
By Sean Coughlan
The promise that all children globally would have primary education by 2015 – pledged by world leaders in the millennium year – has officially not been achieved.
Unesco says there are 58 million children without access to primary school and 100 million who do not complete a primary education.
Only a quarter of countries achieved the goal of halving adult illiteracy.
Five Ways School Leaders Can Better Manage Staff (TesConnect)
Headteachers start each day with a multitude of people to manage: students, inspectors, parents, governors, secretaries, caretakers, cleaners and, of course, teaching staff. With so many disparate groups to appease, it can seem an impossible feat.
But in the 10 April issue of TES, Jo Brighouse, a primary school teacher in the Midlands, says that there are certain habits school leaders can adopt to ensure a happy and productive staff. Here is a taster of her advice:
Wi-Fi Hubs on Buses Connect Students in Transit (Education Week)
By Michele R. Davis
As buses in Arizona’s Vail school district rumble across the roads, pedestrians might spot a curious advertisement on their sides. Several of those yellow vehicles sport a sign declaring them to be an “Internet Bus” with Wi-Fi sponsored by a local business.
In the 425-square-mile district southeast of Tucson, long bus routes and commutes to sporting events can take more than an hour.
How to Build Your Kid’s Credit Score: Start In Elementary School (Washington Post)
Many young people starting work or going to college are pretty clueless about handling money.
Chances are that no one taught them that if they pay only the minimum on their credit card, it may take more than a decade to pay off the balance and that interest charges could more than double what they owe. They probably look in on their account balance, but know little about budgeting expenses, let alone the benefits of saving early.