Remote clickers, which allow students to indicate answers to multiple-choice questions during class, can help with rote memorization but may harm conceptual understanding of classroom lessons, according to a study led by Amy Shapiro of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. A professor who uses the devices says the biggest advantage has been a boost in attendance.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at an Indiana school studied coding by programming Sphero ball robots with their tablets to navigate an obstacle course. Working in groups, the older students, who had previous experience using the program, helped the younger ones with coding challenges.
Moving to cloud-based computing can help K-12 school districts save time and money, writes education technology consultant Eric Patnoudes. In this commentary, he cites research that shows that, while administrators worry about security in the cloud, many have found advantages to making the move.
Applications from schools and libraries for federal E-Rate funds have declined by 5% in the wake of glitches with a new, online application process. However, Bill Herman, state E-Rate coordinator for Wisconsin, attributes fewer applications in his state to fewer requests for E-Rate funds for telephone service.
Police officers in Indiana recently asked high-school students to teach them about popular social media platforms, including Snapchat. The tutorial also included information about apps that were unknown to the officers, such as Monkey and Houseparty.
Millennials typically don't enjoy speaking on the phone because they've grown up using phones for anything but voice calls, writes Lindsey Pollak. Leaders should work to demonstrate the advantages of phone calls, such as being able to hear tone, building relationships through small talk and eliminating the back and forth of email.