Card catalogs stopped being printed in 2015, but Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says the book system is part of an important history. "It was really the first search engine, so I think for younger generations it is an eye-opener to think about the written catalog and how far we have come in organizing data and making it findable," she says.
Institutions such as Ohio University and Ithaca College are among those providing summer housing and other support for international students who are wary of traveling overseas during the summer in case changing federal visa and immigration policies prevent their return. Some universities also are providing food and employment assistance.
Teachers could have a tremendous effect on education if they were elected to serve on school boards, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Megan Allen. In this blog post, Allen writes about one teacher's discovery of the power she had to effect change.
Some English teachers in Canada are replacing some traditional texts, such as Shakespearean works, with the writing of indigenous authors. Teacher Kim Bruton said her decision allows students to see the "lighter side" of indigenous culture, rather than focusing on the mostly negative experiences indigenous people have had throughout history.
A New Hampshire high school is helping students who struggle in traditional settings shine through competency-based, self-directed learning and hands-on, real-world projects. The school faces some challenges, such as some students taking longer than others to master concepts, while some standardized test scores remain below the state average.
Students at a New York technical high school are working on a prosthesis for a dog that lost a leg after being hit by a car. The dog, one of three animals being helped by the students, recently visited the school for a test fitting with the prosthetic limb designed and built by students using 3D-printed parts and other materials.
Some schools are adding "selfie centers" to encourage social learning, reflection and understanding, says Cynthia Merrill, a former educator who consults with districts that are adding such centers. Students in one classroom that uses the approach create video selfies about books they are reading.
Educators can take specific steps to make practice more effective, some neuroscientists say. Research on the topic featured in a recent TED-Ed video reveals five specific steps to help improve practice, such as minimizing distractions and starting slow.
Some special-education teachers are using online comic books and other digital tools to help curb disruptive behavior and meet students' unique needs. Teacher Lauren Fardig-Diop uses digital comic strips to help students with special needs express their feelings.
Editors of some school yearbooks decided to include features that aimed to tell the story of the 2016 election. Yearbook editors say they weighed the best approach to publishing information on the divisive election, with some opting to highlight students' political views and others focusing on the facts.
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