From ASCD IN Service - "Where would our education system be if we invested the dollars for standardized testing in supporting the emotional needs of students?"
Many Massachusetts schools are using technology to monitor students, collect personal data about them and share that data in ways that raise troubling questions about student privacy, according to a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
The study, released Wednesday, examined 35 school districts across the state, including Boston, Springfield and various rural and suburban districts. Almost universally, the study found, students in those districts have “no expectation of privacy” when going online in school; many are similarly unprotected when using school-issued electronic devices, such as Chromebooks or iPads.
"Today I read a newsletter from my children’s elementary school. It said 60% of the jobs our middle schoolers learn habit of future workforcechildren will be competing for have not been invented yet. The school district has prepared “6 Habits of Mind” to equip the kids of the future of work."
From Chris Wejr - When we look at our students with struggles, what do we see? The following video is an incredible story of how a teacher/professor became so frustrated with a student for sleeping in his class… that he actually asked him why.
The number of homeless students enrolled in public schools hit a record high last year. But simply changing the way agencies define homeless youth could ensure that this vulnerable population gets the services they need.
Despite what you decide to do about smartphone use at school, it’s time for K-12 schools to start thinking about adding social media training for students. Some school districts already have mandatory classes based on approved curriculums and there are lots of great resources out there to help put something together.
From Richard Byrne - If you can get students blogging early in the year, you can build momentum for the rest of the school year. Here are five things that you could have students blog about in the first week of school.
States in the Southeast suspend K-12 students at the highest rates in the country, according to new data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education...Suspended students are less likely to graduate on time and they are more likely to repeat a grade and enter the juvenile justice system, data show.
From Richard Byrne - Here are some more good tools that students can use to analyze their own writing.
When a gardening project went awry, they discovered a naturally occurring bacteria in soil called Diazotroph. The girls determined that the bacteria could be used to speed up the the germination process of certain crops, like barley and oats, by 50 percent, potentially helping fulfill the rising demand for food worldwide.
Pretty good story about how a social media savvy teenager can break news.
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