This week's must-read stories
One Stone: a tuition-free high school run by students
One stone is the name of a Boise, Idaho, independent high school where students call the shots. In its second year of operation, this innovative institute provides teens with hands-on experience and the possibility of accomaplishing service projects throughout their learning path.
Proximity increases teacher collaboration
A recent analysis of a four-year survey data, from 14 elementary US schools and their math staff, shows collaboration between teachers improves when they work close to each other. The movement patterns from the places where they work suggest that interactions can be improved by school administrators assigning colleagues closer classrooms and similar schedules.
A study reveals that the socioeconomic status of a school doesn’t mean better quality
An extensive study undertaken by Stanford University showed that the socioeconomic status is not related to the educational quality. Surprisingly, school efficiency is linked to the speed at which students improve their results on standardized tests over a period of several years.
Eight edX and Pearson courses to develop skills for the jobs of the future
A recent study conducted by Pearson, one of the most important learning and teaching services company, predicted that seven out of ten people would change jobs in the future because of automation. This redesign and development of new occupations will require specific skills, and edX is already offering training in these fields.
Molecular modeling: a learning tool for chemistry
Review the benefits offered by molecular modeling in chemistry courses. Tools such as GAMESS, Gaussian or Q-Chem provide great advantages in learning but they remain unexplored despite technological advances.
Top tech trends for 2018
During the media day at CES 2018, in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) unveiled the tech trends to watch this year: 5G, artificial intelligence, robotics, smart cities, digital healthcare, and virtual reality.
High School students write programs to control robots in space
International teams of students participate in Zero Robotics High School Finals, an MIT competition in which they collaborate with astronauts to test their code and control robots in the International Space Station. This year, a team from Tecnológico de Monterrey joined the competition, celebrated at the MIT Campus in Cambridge.
What we are reading
Personalized learning gives students a sense of control over chaotic lives (The Hechinger Report)
How Students Can Shape the Design of Their Courses (The Chronicle of Higher Education / Paywall)
7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018 (Campus Technology)
Today’s College Students Aren’t Who You Think (WSJ / Paywall)