Wi-Fi bans, continuing ed and School 2.0: The week's most-read education news
This week, Education Dive looked at the push in some circles to ban Wi-Fi in K-12 schools. Though there's a lack of scientific evidence to back it up, the movement is fueled by some parents' belief that wireless Internet signals caused illnesses in their children.
Also in K-12, we began examining K-12's road toward a post-industrial public education model, referred to in some circles as School 2.0. In that transition, there are lessons and takeaways for administrators and policymakers beyond the public sphere, as our visit to Alexandria Country Day School in Northern Virginia, just outside of the District of Columbia, shows.
Meanwhile in higher ed, University of Wisconsin-Extension Dean David Schejbal discussed how CBE and culture are critical in serving non-traditional learners' needs. And on the tech front, virtual reality may be poised to transform several aspects of higher ed.
Be sure to check out our conversation with Panorama co-founder Aaron Feuer and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- Despite lack of scientific evidence, Ban Wi-Fi movement persists: The answer to whether the movement is scientifically grounded might not matter for school administrators, as districts can still be sued over claims.
- UW-Extension dean: Flexibility critical in serving nontraditional learners: Competency-based education and culture are critical in David Schejbal's work to meet older students' needs.
- Panorama's Feuer: 'Education is the ends, and tech is one of the means': The 25-year-old Panorama co-founder details barriers to helping schools improve and the role ed tech should play.
- What can public schools learn from private peers on road to School 2.0?: Alexandria Country Day School extols the value of SEL, play-based learning, and communication skills in preparing students for college and careers.
- Is virtual reality poised to transform higher ed?: The Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland is at the forefront of visual communication and learning in the medium.
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