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High School Students Get Class Credit for Help Desk Work

All across the nation, students are running help desks at their high schools. And they’re doing so for class credit. It all started in 2011, when Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts, rolled out over 1,000 iPad tablets for student and teacher use. Because the school’s IT department would have been overwhelmed by calls for […]

Peers Give Students More Reason to Learn

Students everywhere have wondered, at some point, why they had to learn about some subject. It is perhaps more common in high schools and colleges, especially in general education courses. Why should one learn about American history when they want to study packaging science, for example? Every teacher has a response for these questions, and […]

Schools Starting to Stock Opioid Overdose Antidote

It’s an unfortunate sign of the times and a reflection of a growing crisis. School nurses’ medicine cabinets contain all sorts of remedies for minor bruises, headaches, and allergic reactions—and now in some schools, those nurses also have naloxone. Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses, can and does save lives. But […]

Unlikely Allies Join Fight Against Trump School Choice Plan

You know an initiative is really unpopular when a flaming liberal senator and ultra-conservative think tanks are on the same side. That’s what’s happening with the private school choice policies advocated by the Trump administration. President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would cut the Department of Education budget by $9 billion while adding an extra […]

Can Video Games Mitigate Defensiveness?

Video games are often seen at odds with schoolwork, even as something which can get in the way of getting good grades. But a recent study shows that playing video games can actually help some students deal with poor test scores. John Velez, a professor at Texas Tech, studied a group of people, some of […]

Education at Kakuma Camp Depends on Cell Phones

Sudan’s second civil war was a quarter of a century ago, but refugees from that conflict still live in a Kenyan refugee camp called Kakuma. Occupied continually since 1992, Kakuma refugee camp now holds around 200,000 refugees from 20 African countries, which makes it a city of its own, as large as Orlando, Florida. To […]

Does Media Multitasking Increase Youth Distractibility?

According to a study performed by doctoral student Mona Moisala at the University of Helsinki, media multitasking is related to struggling to pay attention. The operative word here is related, as her research hasn’t made a clear connection yet. Moisala used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study brain activity as they performed a variety […]

Study Finds That Violent Video Games Don’t Affect Empathy

The question of whether media depictions of violence, whether in video games, movies, TV shows, narrative, or comic books, is an old one. It is a question that concerns many different people, from parents to teachers to politicians. And it is also a question that persists despite the fact that no studies have found conclusive […]

Researchers Offer Tips for Improving College Freshman Retention

In the United States, college freshmen have about a 68 percent retention rate, meaning that about 3 out of every 10 students doesn’t return to the same university for their second year. Some move on to other schools, while others simply leave higher education altogether, permanently or for a short period. But universities are, understandably, […]

Algebra Is the X Factor In College Success

Algebra is a problem—and not a binomial one, either. A stunning 60 percent of incoming community college students have to take remedial math classes due to lack of skill in algebra. Four-year public colleges see 40 percent of their incoming students taking at least one remedial class, and a third of those are remedial math […]

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