Elementary- and middle-school students in New Orleans are participating in a six-week summer camp to learn more about local civil rights history. Students are learning math, writing and character-building and are interviewing community leaders about efforts for equality, including camp creator Leona Tate about her experiences integrating an all-white school in the 1960s.
Teachers in a California school district recently attended a weeklong training to learn how to implement the Columbia University Teachers College model for writing instruction. Under the guidelines, students are to spend between 45 and 60 minutes a day on writing instruction in a format that includes techniques, brainstorming and independent writing time.
Two high schools in a Maryland district are working with the Equal Opportunity Schools program to increase enrollment of students who are underrepresented in Advanced Placement courses. Using the program, educators created outreach plans to find and recruit students for AP classes, such as having students shadow another AP student for a day.
Voice-assistive technology, such as Amazon Echo, could become an important part of teaching and learning in some classrooms, said Patrick Hales, an assistant education professor at South Dakota State University. The devices already are being used in a Wisconsin school district where fifth-grade teacher Erin Ermis uses the technology in whole-class math practice.
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.
Hundreds of teachers are learning this week about how to use Whole Brain Teaching practices in the classroom. Teacher Amy Lordan attended the National Whole Brain Teaching Conference and said the enthusiastic approach helps engage students in learning.
Fairfax Country School District in Virginia, one of the country's largest districts, is considering investing $24 million in security upgrades to schools to prevent on-campus violence. The bulk of the funding would go toward security cameras, but $2.3 million would cover the hiring of more school psychologists and social workers.
Twelve additional moons have been discovered orbiting Jupiter, with one moving in the opposite direction of its closest neighbors, which could put it on a collision course with one of them, according to Carnegie Institution for Science researchers. They found the moons while searching for evidence of the existence of Planet Nine.
Plants that grew during the Mesozoic era may have been more nutritious than previously thought, and therefore may have sustained more massive herbivores than previously thought, a study published in Palaeontology suggests. Researchers grew plants in an environment with extremely high levels of carbon dioxide to mimic the conditions during the Mesozoic era and found they provided similar nutrition to modern plants.
A large iceberg has become lodged in a shallow section of seafloor off the coast of Greenland near Innaarsuit, sparking fears that falling chunks will cause flooding in the community of less than 200 people. About 300 feet, or 91 meters, of the iceberg is visible above the water.