Canvas has replaced Blackboard as the leading learning management system used by US colleges and universities, owing to its success the use of the cloud, according to a MindWires Consulting report. Blackboard, in a move to win back its clients, has moved its platform to the cloud and has expanded product offerings beyond the LMS.
More frequent screen time may boost teens' risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, according to a study of 2,587 10th-graders in Los Angeles in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Findings show that students who were high frequency users of seven or 14 digital media platforms studied were more than twice as likely to develop ADHD symptoms as students who didn't have a high frequency use rate of any of the online social activities.
Technology is helping students with special needs integrate more easily into mainstream classes, some educators say. In a Washington state school district, elementary-school students with special needs coded robots in a pilot program that taught them technical and problem-solving skills, perseverance and communication.
Students at 10 academies operated by Apple in Brazil are learning coding skills. Apple recently partnered with the Malala Fund to allow students to create mobile apps aimed at helping the nonprofit expand its reach to support female students in the country.
A survey by Rave Mobile Safety found that 57% of colleges and universities made use of their mass notification systems fewer than five times last year and mainly for such messages as weather alerts and safety information. The report offers suggestions to maximize use, including expanding the topics covered and providing information for campus visitors.
New guidelines to be released to schools in the UK call for lessons on how students can protect themselves online. The lessons, focused in part on social media, are to begin as early as age 4.
College students want academic and career guidance, but most are not making time to meet with their adviser, according to a report from Civitas and the Center for Generational Kinetics. The report showed that 44% want in-person coaching, but other preferred methods include email (18%), videoconferencing (11%) and a personalized college app (10%), Dian Schaffhauser writes.
Project Lead the Way, a project-based curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math, is releasing technology-based questions that aim to measure skills such as collaboration and general problem-solving. The questions are designed to test students on their academics in real-world scenarios.
Most states -- 41 -- are spending less on higher education today than they did before the 2008 recession, according to a report from the American Federation of Teachers. Tuition, meanwhile, has increased at four-year colleges by 40% and at two-year colleges by 36% over that time, adjusted for inflation, the report notes.
The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.
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