Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students

More than one million U.S. high school students drop out each year and more than sixteen million students live below the poverty line. Children in poverty now make up nearly half of our public school students and many of them are underserved by their school systems. In the area of technology access, there are disparities in ownership and internet access across all socioeconomic groups. There is good news, research shows that if ask-risk students gain ready access to appropriate technology used in thoughtful ways, they can make substantial gains in learning and technological readiness.  Continue reading “Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students”

Online Learning and Building a Sense of Community

Higher education as well as K-12  is moving increasingly online and educators need to quickly learn how to effectively teach in this new digital environment. Students tend to be less satisfied with completely online courses when compared to traditional courses and fully online courses also experience higher attrition rates. In 2001, Hara and Kling conducted a study of online courses and found that feelings of isolation were an important stress factor for online students. Continue reading “Online Learning and Building a Sense of Community”