Game design can help students engage in learning to expand and demonstrate their knowledge of academic content from science to language arts, some teachers say. North Carolina English teacher Thomas Garrou's students created board games based on epic characters from literature, including "Beowulf."
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A Wisconsin high school's fabrication laboratory is allowing students to put what they learn in engineering class into hands-on projects. A recent project involved students using VEX Robotics kits to build a hydrogen-powered vehicle that is about the size of a shoebox.
The Government Accountability Office reports that a majority of all school districts in the country -- about two-thirds -- have taken steps to address active-shooter scenarios. Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said such preparation helped ensure students at an elementary school in California went home safely after a recent threat.
A shortage of qualified teachers in Mississippi has prompted the state's board of education to take steps to modify some requirements for classroom teachers. The changes could allow for one-year licenses for educators who have a bachelor's degree in the subject they intend to teach in schools.
Education students from the University of Northern Colorado's Center for Urban Education can earn money -- and experience -- working as paraprofessionals in a local school district. The partnership this year placed three such students in one elementary school.