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3 easy ways to get students future ready

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“Change is inevitable, and while it’s important to design lessons with an end result in mind, it’s difficult to prepare students for a future that doesn’t exist yet. In the recent edWebinar, “The Future Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks,” hosted by edWeb.net, Dr. L. Robert Furman, Elementary Principal and author of The Future Ready Challenge, discussed some painless ways to help educators prepare students for an unknown future. “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t been invented…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet,” noted Furman’s presentation.”(more)

Report: Educators emphasize importance of home reading in maintaining literacy progress

Education Dive – Pat Donachie

“Year-round reading is vital for the continued development of students, and educators encourage it to combat literacy losses during the summer break. Most educators said public libraries were the primary access source to books for students during summer months, but potential federal cuts and austerity measures by states can make it difficult to rely on libraries alone as sources of continued summer reading.”(more)

Study finds primary school children get less active with age

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“There is an age-related decline in children’s physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British Heart Foundation-funded study. Researchers at the University of Bristol found that children spent less time doing physical activity and spent more time sedentary from Year 1 (aged 5-6) to Year 4 (aged 8-9). Additionally, by the time they got to Year 4, around a third of boys and two thirds of girls aged eight to nine years old in the study were failing to meet Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) recommended physical activity guidelines of an hour of physical activity per day.”(more)

How parents can help autistic children make sense of their world

Medical X-Press – Allyssa Mccabe

“Glenn, a high-functioning seventeen-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), comes home from school and tells his mother at dinner, “Allen was mean today.” His mother debates what to do. Should she ask for more details or let the subject drop? She knows that Glenn is not much of a storyteller. Personal narratives are commonplace, and many people don’t realize just how important they are. What really happened when we ran into that truck? How did we feel when it happened? Personal narratives are the memories we share about the experiences we’ve had, and the primary way we make sense of those experiences.”(more)

Kids’ sun safety means ‘slip, slap, slop’

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises. Much of a person’s risk for melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—comes from their sun exposure as a child. “Healthy sun-protection habits come in three forms—sometimes referred to as slip, slap, slop,” said Dr. Vernon Sondak. He is head of the skin cancer department at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.”(more)

The One Crucial Skill Our Education System Is Missing

Forbes – Belinda Parmar

“From Blade Runner to I, Robot, the big screens of Hollywood have predicted the rise of the machine. Automated intelligences will wait our tables and drive our cabs. They will serve us by performing menial tasks. But fact is now surpassing fiction. Automation has moved beyond the factory assembly line as computers are diagnosing illnesses, providing legal counsel, and make financial and political decisions. And if artificial intelligence really is faster, smarter and more reliable, what are we left with? The answer is precisely that element which makes as less efficient and slower. Our humanity. But rather than being seen as a weakness, this is actually our strongest suit. It’s one we need to empower, because studies show that as the world becomes increasingly automated, computerized and digitalized, we are losing the very skills that define us as human. Just when we need them the most.”(more)

5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

E-School News – Julia Freeland Fisher

“As blended learning practices are becoming more widespread, it is increasingly challenging to collect accurate data on the number of schools that have gone blended, but by examining student enrollments in online courses and edtech vendor data, we estimate the number of students engaging in some kind of blended learning to be approximately 9 million, which represents about 20 percent of K-12 student enrollment. With so many students engaged in this mode of learning, it’s important to examine current trends and technologies to try and predict where blended learning could take students in the future.”(more)

U.S. News Ranks America’s Top Public High Schools — and for the First Time, Charters Dominate Top 10

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“U.S. News and World Report has released its 2017 rankings of America’s public high schools, and for the first time ever, the majority of the schools in the top 10 are charters. BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North, and BASIS Oro Valley — all Arizona public charter schools in the BASIS network — placed one, two, and three atop the 2017 list. Rounding out the top tier are Arizona’s BASIS Peoria and BASIS Chandler schools (ranking #5 and #7 respectively) and California’s Pacific Collegiate Charter (#10).”(more)

Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World

Ed Surge – Lynn Colon

” Every year, millions of people flock to Disney World, the self-proclaimed “happiest place on Earth.” Many return year after year to spend their hard-earned money despite the long lines and unpredictable weather. Why? Because of the magical feeling that exists there, and the way people who run the park make them feel. No matter where you come from, what language you speak, or your disability, Disney offers magic for all.”(more)