In 2016, there were about 1.7 million US home-schooled students, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Among the reasons parents choose to home-school -- many through online providers -- are concern about the school environment and a desire for a nontraditional approach to their child's education.
Despite optimism about the benefits of open educational resources in K-12 schools, OER has not yet overtaken reliance on traditional textbooks. At issue are that teachers lack the time to piece together free online resources and administrators want full-course curricula that align with state standards, Tara Garcia Mathewson writes.
About 20% of students at a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Ohio have signed a pledge vowing to stay off social media websites until the eighth grade. One sixth-grade student gave a practical reason for her decision: "If you don't find out what your best friend's cat is named, the world will still go on. If you don't find out that Kim Kardashian released a new perfume, the world will still go on."
Teachers from 38 states who participated in a survey about blended learning offer best practices for this model. Their insights include applying a growth mindset and providing blended-learning resources and examples.
Eight educators share their views on how artificial intelligence may affect education. Some see potential in tools that can alleviate minutiae from teachers' plates, but others worry it could "deprofessionalize" teachers, Mary Jo Madda writes.
A report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has examined the origination fees deducted from student loans. The fees, which have generated $8.1 million in federal revenue over the past five years, are outdated and cumbersome for students, association President Justin Draeger said.
Online resources are a good way to support cross-curricular instruction, social studies teacher Darren Faust writes. In this blog post, Faust shares how he uses digital tools to connect social studies to science, technology, engineering and math and to nurture critical-thinking skills in his students.
Teachers increasingly are tapping digital resources to customize lessons, asserts Matthew Glotzbach, CEO of Quizlet. In this commentary, he shares how bring-your-own-device programs are helping to fuel the macro trend of "unbundling" in education.
School leaders are working to develop social media policies that balance the positives and negatives of such platforms. Some schools have adopted policies that focus on behavior instead of technology and others have extended protections to cyberbullying.
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