Weekly News Round-up: 1.8.2015

By Cari Jackson 01.09.2015 blog

This week in education news: STEM educators push for nanoscience in the curriculum, home-schoolers get a break in Pennsylvania, a new study shows the benefits of read-alouds, the Times dives into a Chinese test prep factory, Edutopia details the Compass Advantage model and our ed-tech blogger encourages mobile devices in the classroom.

STEM Educators Promote Integrating Nanoscience into Curriculum
EdWeek reports that a consortium of schools is testing nanoscience instructional materials — teaching such concepts as properties of atoms or exponential annotation — in order to build nanoeducation into curriculum for K-12 students across the U.S.

Pennsylvania Relaxes Oversight of Home-Schoolers
The New York Times reports that a new law in Pennsylvania has eliminated the requirement that families submit their children’s portfolios and the results of standardized testing to school districts. It also allows parents to issue diplomas without any endorsements.

Parents Should Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, Study Says
A new study, highlighted in the New York Times, shows that when parents continue to read aloud to kids, even after they learn to read, it grooms them to read more on their own.

Inside a Chinese Test Prep Factory
A New York Times Magazine article takes an in-depth look at the gaokao — China’s national standardized exam. The test is coming under fire for stifling innovative thought and putting too much pressure on students.

Eight Pathways to Every Student’s Success
Edutopia is running a series of posts on the Compass Advantage, a model for families, schools and communities to raise capable, caring and engaged adults. It will outline eight attributes for success: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity and empathy.

Collaboration Tools for Students with Mobile Devices
Channel One’s ed-tech blogger demonstrates how educators can encourage collaboration between students, communication with teachers and deeper engagement with topics through mobile devices in the classroom.


  1. haylie

    This is mind blowing

  2. David


  3. Ellsie

    I think it would be cool because lots of people who have phones sometimes moms have there’s in there purses and might be busy and they need to make a call won’t need to drop stuff in there hands they can just use it.

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