Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bullying increases

A report from  shows that 20% of teen students in the US said they were bullied in the 2016-17 school year, and of those, 15% were bullied online or via text, a 3.5 percentage point increase over the previous year. The researcher stated that the spike may be due to increased awareness and reporting of cyberbullying incidents.
Seigfried-Spellar , K. (2019). Bullying. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Media Literacy Education

Media literacy is being defined in multiple ways, in part, because it represents various fields, including core subjects as well as journalism, political science and sociology, according to a recent  report. The report identifies the need for a more unified approach and an interdisciplinary commission, plus strategies to assess media literacy.
Huguet, Alice, Jennifer Kavanagh, Garrett Baker, and Marjory S. Blumenthal, Exploring Media Literacy Education as a Tool for Mitigating Truth Decay. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2019. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR3050.html. Also available in print form.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Self-identification and problem-solving

Young students who understand they have "multiple identities" -- such as being a sibling, student and athlete -- have improved creative problem-solving skills, according to a recent study. The findings show that the students are four times as likely to consider various ways to solve a problem, compared with their peers.
Gaither, G. (2019).  Thinking about multiple identities boosts children's flexible thinking. Developmental Science (May 19). https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12871

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Remaking Videos

In analyzing 93 video remakes, inspired by the video "Love Language," researchers found that producing remake videos may enhance media literacy competencies by offering a means for youth to develop creative skills through strategic imitation.
Hobbs, R., & Friesem, Y. (2019). The creativity of imitation in remake videos. E-Learning and Digital Media.

Teachers' Need for More Technology Help

While novice teachers may have grown up using technology as "digital natives," two new studies discussed find they still may need support in using education technology in the classroom. One researcher found that teacher training on technology did not always align with the skills new teachers need on the job, which became evident during student teaching. Preservice teachers also have difficulty choosing appropriate technology for their classroom
Karr, K. (2017).  A phenomological study of first-career millennial novice elementary school teachers' use of technology. Doctoral dissertation, Liberty University.
Webber, K. (2019). Are preservice teachers prepared for their technology integrated future classrooms? Paper presented at ISTE conference, June, Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Unused Software Report

About 67% of software licenses held by schools go unused, according to a 20-19  study from. The report recommends that school leaders properly plan for software rollouts and measure return on investment more carefully.
Education return on investment. (2019). Huntsville, AL: Glimpse K12

K-12 Online Education Report

“After years of rapid growth, full-time online education for K-12 students appears to be plateauing amid ongoing concerns about poor performance, financial mismanagement, and inadequate regulation and accountability structures. A collection of reports released by the group this week says that as of the 2017-18 school year, there were 501 full-time virtual K-12 schools in the U.S., enrolling more than 297,000 students. That represents less than 1 percent enrollment growth over the previous year.” (Education Week, June 7, 2019).
Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2019. By Alex Molnar. National Education Policy Center. May 2019. 125 p.