Computer-supported collaborative learning can result in greater academic achievement, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Hong Kong, the Open University of the Netherlands and the National Taiwan Normal University. The researchers looked at more than 400 studies and found that collaborating with technology favorably compared with face-to-face collaborative learning.
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Even the busiest teachers can find ways to share what they know with worldwide audiences, asserts Jenny Grant Rankin, an author and educator. In this article, she offers approaches, including sharing in-class success with local news media, writing a blog post and presenting at an education conference.
Maggie MacDonnell, a teacher in a remote part of Quebec who won the 2017 Global Teacher Prize, says connecting with students comes down to "interpersonal skills" and "compassion." She used the money from her prize to expand her school's running club into a regional effort to improve the health of those in the Inuit community where she teaches.
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A Canadian study in the journal Translational Psychiatry showed that children with autism who underwent one-on-one therapy with music had improved parent-reported social communication and family quality of life compared with those whose therapy didn't include music. The findings also showed brain connectivity changes in MRI scans of those in the music-based intervention group.
A Save the Children and Johns Hopkins University analysis predicted that more than 10.8 million children younger than 5 worldwide will die from pneumonia by 2030, with the most deaths expected in Nigeria and India. However, researchers found that improvements in vaccination coverage, childhood nutrition and treatments could curb 4.1 million pediatric deaths.
More US university students are choosing to study abroad, according to a recent report by the Institute of International Education. In this commentary, Iowa State University Spanish professor Chad Gasta writes that many factors may have contributed to the increase, including more study-abroad options and increased student awareness that study-abroad experiences could help them get a job.
Teaching is sometimes "break your heart" hard. While peer-to-peer connections can provide educators with the support they need to stay in teaching, relationships don't always form naturally. To mend a turnover problem, a group of Texas teacher-leaders paired early-career and seasoned educators together to create a more supportive community.
What high-demand career options will be available to students in the age of automation, ever-changing technology and artificial intelligence? As new paths continue to emerge, math teachers need more guidance to equip students with real-world STEM skills, argues educator Lane Walker. She shares her ideas for a STEM-enriched math curriculum.