Expert Perspectives


5 Ways Schools Can Address the Teen Mental Health Crisis Now

Addressing student mental health is no longer a task to be handled solely by professionals outside the confines of school. Student mental health was already declining in the years between 2010 and 2019, as we saw marked increases in anxiety, depression, and suicidality. These issues were only exacerbated by the pandemic and continue to be deeply impactful within the walls of classrooms.

Why Our Technology Nonprofit is Embracing ChatGPT and AI in Education

A technology educator shares how her nonprofit is using ChatGPT to help students participating in Technovation programs go further in their brainstorming and ideation as they aim to develop AI-based solutions to real-world problems. Here’s a concrete example from our program: Students in one group were interested in developing technology-based solutions to food wastage and conservation, encouraging more students to read, exercise, and be more inclusive.

How to Help Students Cope with Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is a real problem, affecting 25% to 40% of U.S. students. Anxiety, along with academic stress, can appear as physical symptoms (such as headaches, nausea and sleeplessness) and psycho-emotional symptoms (like difficulty concentrating or increased irritability).

4 Ways IT Teams Can Secure the Future of Esports in Education

Electronic sports, better known as esports, is a massive industry. As of 2022, 532 million people watched video gaming events worldwide.

How to Start Teaching Game Design to Get Students Excited About Computer Science

Christopher Kerr, president of the Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association and a computer and information science teacher, shares his practical tips for engaging students with the exciting world of computer science and supporting them to realize their full potential.

Going Digital with Student Records

When it comes to records management, many K–12 school districts are still using microfiche, paper, and PDFs. For districts still managing and processing student records in a paper-based format, it might be time to look toward technology to help efficiently and securely manage student records. Check out how digital student records can make administrators' (and families') lives easier.

Got Chromebooks? First Steps to Securely and Sustainably Reusing and Recycling School Devices

An expert offers tips for K-12 administrators and their IT teams on how to make the most out of their investment in Chromebooks with security and sustainability in mind, and recommends schools revise their IT equipment policies to address used and end-of-life devices, including Chromebooks.

The Best Ed Tech Innovations Will Be Emergent – If We Do This Right

Without minimizing the need to honor students’ privacy rights, we as an ed tech community should also not miss the opportunity to search for the new emergent patterns that will no doubt appear when we look at how students, teachers, and their data all interact. It’s these new patterns, like ripples in the sand, that will likely offer insights into the heretofore most intractable questions in education.

How We Launched a Districtwide Computer Science Program with Just 4 Teachers and No Formal CS Training

At this California school district, a new weekly prep period for all teachers opened the door for four Teachers on Special Assignment to travel to each campus and teach Computer Science to primary students once a week — here's how the TOSAs (with no formal training in computer science) dove into the new subject to add computer science instruction to every classroom grades K-6.

Shifting from Paper to the Cloud: How K-12 Schools are Digitizing Operations

Digitization is the key to eliminating backlogs of paper processes made worse by staff shortages and other post-pandemic challenges. Schools can create modern and digitized systems that make documents searchable and accessible — eliminating the time required to file and search through boxes for old student transcripts, test scores, health records, and more.

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