Why competency-based education is exciting and where it may stumble
Often it's the incremental changes, not the huge innovations, that ultimately transform systems. So while competency-based education in its most radical form may not end up being a viable solution for many schools, elements of the reform may make a big difference for educators and students where these conversations are happening.
Maryland schools expand tech offerings
Starting in the 2020-21 school year, Washington County Technical High School students will have access to advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and cloud computing programs. Leaders at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts will expand course offerings to cover computer game development, animation and digital communications.
4 ways to create a more inclusive, diverse population of engineers
Providing additional learning supports for young students to experience STEM are among the ways schools can help diversify engineering programs. But we must also improve the opportunities for out-of-school learning for minority children.
New distributor chosen for middle and high school math curriculum
Illustrative Mathematics is partnering with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company to be its exclusive distributor of its IM Certified digital curriculum. Kendall Hunt customers will have access to IM 6–8 Math as an open educational resource along with high school curriculum such as Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 Math courses.
How schools and edtech companies can create innovation strategies
Innovation in education can range from adding makerspaces to using artificial intelligence tutors. Education technology solutions abound. That's why taking the right approach to innovation is important, and has implications not just for student outcomes, but also for tactical purchasing decisions and student, teacher and leader development.
Indiana governor discusses school money in speech
In his State of the State speech, Gov. Eric Holcomb talked about making teacher pay competitive with surrounding states. He proposed having the state pay off a pension liability that schools currently pay. He also announced the creation of a Teacher Pay Commission to develop a plan in time for the 2021 legislative session.
Baltimore County budget plan calls for reducing device availability
The proposed $1.65 billion operating budget for Baltimore County Public Schools includes $56 million for administration, $603 million for instructional salaries and wages, and $209 million for special education. The plan also calls for cutting the number of computers available for K2 students by half.
Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades
Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you'll likely see teachers using apps, websites and software, which borrow elements from video games, to connect with students living technology-infused lives. By all accounts, they're fun to use, and studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism. Are students who use them better educated, or just better entertained?
Curriculum to combat serious concerns facing middle schoolers
The Digital Citizenship Curriculum for grades 6–8, available for free to all schools through the Common Sense Education platform, takes on the authentic concerns that students face in their lives, giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners and leaders. The concerns include sexting, tech addiction, cyberbullying and more.
Marketing Matters: It’s not a science fair, it’s a brand experience
For your next school event, consider using experiential marketing to strengthen community relationships, says Trish Rubin, a marketing instructor at Baruch College in New York, and the author of BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships, and Empower Learning.
N.Y. district’s school board considers banning cellphones
Sarasota school board members are considering a district-wide ban on any cellphone use during school, regardless of age or grade. In a previous proposed idea, elementary school students would have no access to their phones, while middle and high school students would have restricted access.