Researchers from the University of Florida found that technology does increase productivity for colleges and universities, but in different ways depending on each school's needs and methods. The study evaluated outputs in teaching, research and public service to measure productivity.
People may be able to remember more visuals if they take photos during the experience, according to a study published in Psychological Science. The research also showed that people engage more with experiences when they take photos, though they also tend to retain less spoken information, Steph Yin writes.
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
College and university IT leaders can increase diversity and retain talent by creating a sense of community where all workers feel welcomed and respected, says Jane Stout of the Computing Research Association. In this Q&A, Stout offers ideas to help nurture community, including various activities that let workers have fun and connect with their colleagues.
Students can improve their comprehension skills by using digital tools to take notes and visible-thinking routines to make sense of them, asserts doctoral student Beth Holland. In this commentary, she suggests several note-taking tools and inquiry strategies.
More students will have access to digital versions of the PSAT and SAT during the 2017-18 school year, according to the College Board. Last fall and spring, more than 5,000 students took the online SAT and another 5,000 took the online PSAT, officials said, noting that they expect a "slight increase" this school year.
Students and parents in a Tennessee school district are concerned about the dress code, which they say is too strict. The controversy spilled over onto social media, where one mother wrote on the school's Facebook page that students were being suspended for wearing frayed jeans and V-neck blouses.
Fifth-grade teacher Bret Harrison has been using technology with his students for more than 10 years, but he still calls himself a "reluctant adopter," Mary Jo Madda writes. In this Q&A, Harrison explains his journey to education-technology adoption and why he keeps a healthy skepticism about new technologies.
Crane manufacturer Manitowoc has donated a virtual welder that was going unused to a school in Pennsylvania to help students train for potential careers in the industry. Career center instructor Elisa Ramsey says the technology will allow her to guide students as they weld.
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