Teen centers in New Jersey are spearheading efforts to teach students about the effects of social media use. The counseling and educational awareness sessions also focus on how to safely use social media and phones.
More parents are hiring tutors to help improve their children's Fortnite skills. Boosting popularity at school, becoming a teen influencer for gaming companies or receiving an esports college scholarship are among the reasons cited for hiring a tutor.
The superintendent of a school district in Texas has resigned following backlash against a racist comment he made on Facebook about Houston Texans' quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lynn Redden, in his resignation letter, apologized to Watson and said he hoped he would be remembered for his education work rather than his inappropriate comments.
High-school running back Adonis Watt says he wants to play in the NFL and lets nothing stop him, including a rare form of glaucoma that took his sight at age 5. Watt played a team that didn't know he couldn't see and scored two touchdowns, which coach Scott Heideman wrote were "ALL EARNED!!"
High-school students with school-issued devices are more likely to email their teachers with questions, take notes in class and collaborate with their classmates, among other tasks, according to results of a survey by the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. Some students said emailing teachers with questions helps alleviate anxiety, Speak Up CEO Julie Evans says.
The "Raise the Floor" campaign in Maine wants the state to direct an additional $15 million in state aid to schools. The effort is supported by several towns with higher property values known as "minimum receiver" districts because they receive less aid from the state for schools.
A majority of teachers participating in a survey said they use academic and nonacademic data to support students. The poll from the Data Quality Campaign show that 57% of teachers say they do not have time during the school day to access or use data.
More teachers are using their social media presence to act as paid brand ambassadors for education-technology products, writes Kipp Bentley of the Center for Digital Education. In this commentary, he asserts that these individuals should take steps to preserve their objectivity as educators and that school districts should adopt clear policies governing this practice.
Dozens of students from 11 historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions will learn about computer science at Google's headquarters. The Tech Exchange program -- aimed at promoting diversity in the field -- is an expansion of a pilot program Google launched with Howard University.
Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
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