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From the monthly archives: April 2018

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'April 2018'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

HOW SCHOOLS CAN TEACH KIDS TO BE SMART CONSUMERS

Most financial literacy efforts in schools don't improve people's behavior later in life. That could be because we're focusing on the wrong things.

Trying to teach teenagers how to shop for a mortgage, for example, may be an exercise in futility. The information simply isn't relevant to them — yet. By the time they are ready to buy a home, the loans available and the rules surrounding them may have changed.

Instead, we should be teaching kids the habits that make savvy consumers. These four skills make a difference regardless of someone's circumstances or the economic climate:

Read Liz Weston's Article on cdapress.com >

BRIDGING THE ‘HOMEWORK GAP’

School students without internet access at home - primarily those from low-income and rural communities - have to battle that inequity every day after school.

Education and technology experts call it the “homework gap.”

“This disconnect leads to dramatic – and unfortunate – effects on kids’ daily lives,” said John Branam, director of the 1Million Project, a national effort to provide devices and free high-speed internet access to 1 million students who need it. “Arguably the most profound effects, however, are felt by high school students, whose challenge to complete homework in safe, predictable and productive environments can have lifelong impacts on their ability to achieve their full potential.”

Now, a new satellite internet service is helping to bridge the “homework gap” for rural students.

Read the full article at cdapress.com >

CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

 School just isn’t the same as it was in the 1950s or 1980s, when assignments required paper and pencil and students toted stacks of textbooks from class to class.

Today, many assignments are completed on computers and submitted to teachers over the internet, Coeur d’Alene School District technology director Seth Deniston said Friday.

In recent curriculum adoption cycles, the district has opted for some digital curricula based on open source, digital textbooks, Deniston said. Digital textbooks provide the school district with less expensive, more relevant curricula that can be updated and customized by the school district, he said.

“More and more of our work is going to be digital,” Deniston predicted.

Read Judd Wilson's article at cdapress.com >

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