The Trump administration announced Friday its plans to repeal the gainful employment rule that penalized mainly for-profit colleges and universities that graduated students with debts they were unable to pay. In place of the Obama-era rule, the Education Department plans to expand outcomes data in the federal College Scorecard but not impose penalties on schools.
Crafting social media policy can help schools support proper use of social networks and guard against potential privacy violations, writes Common Sense Media's Jeff Knutson in this commentary. Knutson outlines four keys to include when drafting a policy, such as parent opt-out forms and tying use to learning outcomes.
Updates to Google for Education now are live for all teachers and students ahead of the school year. The release includes a free toolkit, called Course Kit, designed to help educators use Google Docs and Google Drive as part of classroom lessons.
Building relationships with students will pay off for teachers, asserts veteran educator Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In this commentary, she shares five strategies to help build connections, including using social media, sharing details about their lives outside of school and establishing classroom circles.
Boston Children's Hospital was an early user of Amazon Alexa and is testing it in clinical pilot projects, including a surgical checklist, a voice-conducted organ verification process for transplant teams and an ICU application allowing staff to quickly determine which practitioners are assigned to a specific bed. Devin Nadar of the hospital's Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator said 70% of interactions with the ICU pilot produced what the physician wanted.
Indiana educator Matt Miller cautions teachers against making decisions about classroom technology based on cost. In an interview, Miller advises teachers to advocate for tools they like by showing administration how it improves learning or by raising funds through a crowdsourcing platform.
Some teachers are sharing video blogs -- or vlogs -- on YouTube about their experiences in the classroom. Charles Reynolds, a ninth-grade literature teacher in Philadelphia who has 14,600 YouTube subscribers, says his vlog topics have included classroom management and taking students on a trip abroad.
A free, searchable guide from the Clayton Christensen Institute aims to help students find platforms to help them connect with people who share their interests and goals. One such platform is Level Up Village, which lets students from different countries come together to work on projects, writes Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute.
CDC researchers found that nearly 80% of US school districts have provisions to assist students and staff with special needs during emergencies, and offer mental health services to students, faculty and staff after disasters, according to findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. However, the researchers also found that fewer than two-thirds of school districts had response plans available for a possible influenza pandemic or another outbreak of an infectious disease.
The US Department of Education is considering how to define a requirement that online coursework include "regular and substantive" interaction between teachers and students. Those arguing for a change say the current definition -- set in 1992 -- does not reflect today's technology, while others say easing the standards could make online education too automated.