People remember information better if they learn it in a virtual environment -- rather than on a desktop computer -- according to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland. Co-author Amitabh Varshney, dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, noted, "This data is exciting in that it suggests that immersive environments could offer new pathways for improved outcomes in education and high-proficiency training."
There may be a tendency in makerspaces to view male students as more tech-savvy, according to a report from researchers at Drexel University that found widespread gender bias in makerspaces. Researchers learned male students were more likely to have leadership roles and direct projects.
Mesa Community College credits a call campaign partnership with Blackboard for helping to reverse an enrollment decline at the college. Data show that over the course of several calling campaigns, Blackboard contacted 12,247 students, of which 7,584 enrolled at the college.
Some parents are concerned that their children are getting too much screen time at school, but Nikki Schafer, a technology integration specialist in a Nebraska school district, writes that "not all screen time is created equal." In this commentary, she shares how her own district helps parents differentiate between screen time for learning and screen time for entertainment.
Officials in a Colorado school district are considering a proposal that revises limits on technology use in schools. The proposal gives teachers and school principals some autonomy over classroom use but bans gaming in middle schools and prohibits staff from communicating with students via personal social media accounts.
Students in Parkland, Fla., who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February are working to keep the memory of the incident alive. One student started a project called Stories Untold, which shares footage from the shooting and advocates for victims of gun violence to tell their own stories.
Sales of Chromebooks, tablets and other devices to US schools increased by 10%, compared with the first quarter of last year, according to a report from the British consulting and research firm Futuresource. Google Chrome-based operating systems currently account for 56% of those shipped in the first quarter of 2018, the data show.
Chicago Public Schools is the latest district planning to adopt a geospatial thinking and technology program for high-school students to earn college credits. The program -- a partnership with James Madison University -- began in Virginia in 2005 and now is in 23 schools in the state.
A review of police reports from 15 high schools in South Carolina found that about one-third of the reports involved serious issues with students and their cellphones, laptops or social media. Students attacking teachers over confiscated devices, watching illegal material on school-owned devices and posting threats on social media were among the issues reported.