As big-name players such as Google and Facebook back more technology for schools, a discussion about student data privacy should take place, write Dipayan Ghosh and Jim Steyer. "Should the tremendous amounts of data underlying the operation of these kinds of services get into the wrong hands, our children's futures could be at stake," they write.
Grammar Instruction Using Real Texts Patterns of Power Plus, Grades 1–5 by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca shows us that teaching grammar doesn't have to be about correcting worksheets. Instead, it is about developing the craft of writing—using real texts to teach real writing.
A New Jersey school district is partnering with the nonprofit Girls Who Code to establish coding clubs at its 24 middle schools. Because of a lack of teachers trained in computer science, Girls Who Code uses volunteer facilitators who receive a brief training and then learn alongside their students by completing tutorials.
One Arizona school district has approved a contract with McGraw-Hill to update their math curriculum to include computer-integrated lessons that have more electronic worksheets and online resources. The curriculum is expected to be implemented over the next year.
A growing number of states, including Tennessee, Minnesota and New York, are offering students some years of free college tuition. Morley Winograd, president and CEO of the Campaign for Free College Tuition, says, "Five years from now, we would expect that a majority of the states in the country would have free college tuition, and that would be a tipping point."
Schools in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia are testing using Google Chromebooks to have teachers continue with lessons when schools are closed because of inclement weather. The eLearning Day program uses Google's learning management system to provide teachers with resources and support.
A study suggests that an autism diagnosis could be made with almost 90% accuracy by watching one- to five-minute home movies of children. Viewers who were not experts in autism watched the segments and scored students on the use of eye contact and other behaviors.