In a recent court ruling about reading Miranda warning for students, Kentucky students must be given Miranda warnings — students now have right to remain silent and to have a lawyer. This also applies if they are interviewed by principals with a school officer present, according to a divided state Supreme Court. In an article in the Courier Journal, Judge Mary Noble says that the case upon which the situation is based presented “far-reaching questions” and a conflict between “the rights of a juvenile accused of a crime and the needs of school officials to maintain order … and protect other children.” But the court held that incriminating statements must be suppressed when a school official is working with police and the student is in custody when questioned. Read more
All teachers have experienced the problem of keeping sick students on track as they miss school. Now VGo might be the answer to help schools reach sick students. VGo, a white chess-pawn-shaped robot presents the wide range of possibilities of Verizon’s cellular network. The product of VGo Communications, was launched in 2011 and has already been making a difference in the lives of children in New York, but in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Iowa and Texas. There was an add during the Super Bowl showing this technology being used in a classroom setting, just to whet our appetites to know more. Read more
You might not have thought of it but using the “cloud” in your coursework might compromise student security. Many schools have paid internet providers for large-volume email services for the last decade. When upgrading to newer systems, some are tempted to use free cloud-based email and data storage services. Providers such as Google offer free email and collaborative documents for schools. Cloud computing refers to software or a service that is accessible online and stored off-site.
There are serious security questions and concerns regarding sending all computer operations to the cloud. Chief among those worries is the security of sensitive data, such as student records. That concern has some district information-technology leaders remaining hesitant about moving in that direction. Read more
A recent article on helping teens manage stress provided some concrete tips for helping high school students from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures that they face. Author Kelsey Sheehy of US News reaffirmed that students are bombarded with school work, sports, and other extracurricular activities—as well as college applications deadlines. It is even worse for students who require application letters, auditions or portfolio submissions.
According to Sheehy, ”roughly 30 percent of new college freshmen say they frequently felt overwhelmed by their workload during their senior year of high school”. Counselors, teachers and parents should begin helping teens manage stress during this final year of formal education. High schools can be an important part of the preparation for college success. Read more
One thing became clear as the situation unfolded today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the faces of the teachers showed determined bravery. Some people forget that teachers are just people, they become afraid and want to leave a difficult situation, too. As we watched the brave teachers lead their elementary students to safety, holding each others shoulders, the determination in these educators shocked faces made us proud to be teachers. Bravery is the ability to show courage at the most difficult times. Read more
One stop shopping for holiday teaching resources can eliminate at least one hassle for teachers during the holiday season. Here is a list of locations that you can go for in class activities and ideas to teach about holidays around the world. Having so many holiday teaching resources may make your work load lighter. Think of assigning a group project to let your students explore the various celebrations of the world and learn about students in other cultures. Parents can also use these resources to inspire their children to consider the many cultures that make up our world. Read more
There are some unique difficulties facing the students displaced from Hurricane Sandy. Last Wednesday, two days after most of the city’s schools reopened, students from several dozen schools that were too damaged to reopen finally resumed classes. The students in Staten Island are struggling the most. With no facilities to accommodate them in school buildings stuffed with two student populations, gym and science laboratory classes have fallen by the wayside. School guidance counselors are likely working overtime trying to help students cope with anxiety from the storm.
Along with classroom congestion, transportation and communication are areas that have provided the most difficulty. More than half of the 20,000 students at relocated schools did not make it to school at all last week. Some of the schools are still being used as shelter facilities and those residential areas are taped off. All of the unique situations facing each school have created difficulties for teachers, students, and families as they try to take up the day-to-day work of education. Read more