Students were able to recall a list of words better if they made a guess than if they memorized the list, according to a study. Study author Nicole Anderson explains that guessing can provide students with "stepping stones to remembering the right answer."
Driving student performance cannot happen unless administrators can thoughtfully and ethically analyze data, according to a Data Quality Campaign report. Researchers say state policymakers can support administrators by improving access to data, promoting data-use skills and protecting student information.
New learning spaces -- including active classrooms and makerspaces -- and increased use of analytics technologies are the leading education-technology trends in higher education, according to an Educause report. More long-term trends include artificial intelligence, open educational resources and use of adaptive-learning technologies, the report showed.
The increased use of rental materials and low-priced or free digital textbooks decreased the amount college students are spending on course materials by more than 30% between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, data show. More students also are using free resources while the number of those renting materials has remained flat for the past four years.
Collaborative writing teaches students valuable workplace social skills and builds their confidence as writers, educator and author Jeremy Hyler writes. In this article, Hyler shares lesson and assessment ideas for collaborative writing projects and includes details on technology tools to ease the process.
Students in Texas school districts are learning math in a more conceptual way instead of relying on rote memorization. The process can be confusing for some parents when it comes to homework, says Marcy Corley, Frisco Independent School District's elementary and math coordinator, so her district created online videos to help parents understand the methods.
Students starting at age 3 to fourth grade at the Cherokee Nation's Cherokee Immersion Charter School in Oklahoma recently started the school year with learning core subjects in the tribe's native language. The school's fifth- and sixth-graders split the day, with half in Cherokee and half in English.
Pinellas Technical High School opened its doors this week as the first full-time technical high school in Pinellas County, Fla. The school is offering six career programs in fields such as nursing, electricity, and digital and graphic arts, and there already is a waiting list for admissions.
An Illinois junior high school is aiming to change how it grades students to offer feedback beyond grades. According to the proposal, teachers would rank students on a number scale for academic habits, such as classroom engagement and initiative, while practice assignments, such as homework and quizzes, would receive more weight in letter grades.
Early results of a recent report show about 20,000 unfilled freshman seats in Chicago Public Schools, with 13,000 expected to remain empty once enrollment is completed. Researchers point to various causes of "excess capacity" in neighborhood schools, but they say more accurate data will come after the beginning of the school year.
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