Chicago Public Schools is the latest district planning to adopt a geospatial thinking and technology program for high-school students to earn college credits. The program -- a partnership with James Madison University -- began in Virginia in 2005 and now is in 23 schools in the state.
A review of police reports from 15 high schools in South Carolina found that about one-third of the reports involved serious issues with students and their cellphones, laptops or social media. Students attacking teachers over confiscated devices, watching illegal material on school-owned devices and posting threats on social media were among the issues reported.
Students who are reluctant readers or who have special needs could be more engaged by learning to code first, asserts Kristen Brooks, a K-5 iPad lab teacher in Georgia. In this blog post, she suggests that coding can help students develop the skills to learn how to read and shares several suggestions to help integrate coding in the classroom.
About half of the cost savings created by the $15 billion "rescissions" package approved by the US House come from cuts to the Children's Health Insurance Program, which helps children from low-income families get access to health care. Education advocates have criticized the potential cuts, which still need to pass in the Senate.
IT staff must assess their institution's readiness for change and seek ways to bring faculty on board before introducing classroom technology. Faculty, in particular, need to be comfortable with the new technology and be shown how it can benefit their instruction, California State University lecturer Mary Paul says.
The State Education Technology Directors Association has released a new edition of its report on navigating the shift toward digital instructional materials to better serve as a guide for education leaders. The report identifies "essential conditions" for accessibility for all students and policies that protect student data privacy.
Almost 79% of consumers are somewhat or very worried about information privacy on social media, and just over 82% censor themselves, finds a survey by The Atlantic. Facebook was the least-trusted social platform, despite also being the most widely used.
Rutgers University-Camden's "last-dollar" financial-aid program has helped increase enrollment and reduce student financial stress, according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Researchers say it's too soon to tell if the program, which provides supplemental funding for eligible first-year undergraduates, has any effect on academic performance.
Marquette University has adopted a mobile app, AlertTraveler, to help keep students safe while they are traveling outside of the US. The program has helped to transition communication and risk-awareness efforts from phone and email communications.