More states are offering educators alternative credentialing programs to address a nationwide teacher shortage. In Michigan and South Carolina, for example, teachers can begin working in the classroom while earning their certification online.
Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
Verizon Communications has agreed to a $17.7 million settlement over allegations the company improperly invoiced the Federal Communications Commission under the federal E-Rate program. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai described the settlement as an "important measure that both enforces our rules and restores critical taxpayer dollars."
Colleges and universities are using technology to support developmental education, say researchers working with the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. In this blog post, researchers explain how they interviewed people from 42 colleges and 41 higher-education systems about how institutions use technology for developmental education.
Sports are a powerful motivator for some minority students, engaging them and providing a pipeline to education, but research shows that when they get to college, many struggle to graduate, Leonard Medlock writes. In this commentary, Medlock outlines how technology can help "hijack these pipelines" and support students' academic and athletic ambitions.
Technology may be harming learning rather than helping, assert social studies teachers Joe Clement and Matt Miles. Clement and Miles are authors of a book, "Screen Schooled," where they make suggestions to help educators and parents mitigate the harmful effects of too much screen time.
In about nine years, Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Pam Moran has sent about 103,000 tweets. She says the Virginia district's Twitter account has become a key public relations tool that helps to showcase personalized learning efforts.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has launched Woz U -- an online technology-education platform designed to help prepare people for jobs in technology. The program includes a mobile app, and there are plans to expand the program to campuses in over 30 US cities.
How does social media affect teenagers? Researchers have found that social media can lead to negative influences, such as increased drama and feelings of depression, and positive influences, including better self-esteem and an outlet for maintaining friendships.
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