Education is changing at an amazing rate; new technologies allow teachers and students to try new approaches to learning and educating almost daily. Whether you’re a parent, student or educator, here are three recent trends in education worth taking a look at.
For parents: Educational YouTube channels
Nothing is bigger or scarier than a black hole. Have I caught your attention yet? Let’s face it, watching your kids’ homework videos about the workings of the general universe might make you a little sleepy. I can’t blame you – it’s all that darkness. But, the folks at melodysheep are taking boring black holes to rap remix infamy. This video, which explains the science behind these “monsters of the cosmos,” will give your kids a musical way to remember the importance and significance of black holes. Watch out for the Morgan Freeman cameo! It’s awesome, terrifying and catchy all at the same time. Proof that science can be entertaining, and even a little funny, if you just find the right YouTube channel. Visit the melodysheep YouTube channel for more fun science remixes.
For students: Community colleges
If you haven’t considered a community college as part of your college application process, it’s time to take a closer look. Community colleges offer flexible, affordable ways to grab a degree for jobs that are in-demand, like web developers and nurses. Hot jobs like those pay top dollar. Speaking of money, let’s talk about that for a second. Student loans can be overwhelming for new college freshmen, no matter where you attend school. If you choose a community college over a typical four-year college, you can save more than $5,000 per year on tuition. I can think of several worthwhile ways to spend that extra cash; down payment on a condo or an educational trip to Southeast Asia, anyone? Check out saltmoney.org for more ways community colleges can surprise you.
For educators: Team teaching
If you’ve ever thought that team teaching was just for your grade school colleagues, think again. Research shows high school students who learn in a multi-educator environment have increased success in college readiness. According to an article in the New York Times, an organization called Blue Engine is working to place multiple teaching assistants into high school classrooms. These assistants (new college grads) push and mentor students in areas like algebra and English; the thought is, if the students have more one-on-one time with educators, they’ll be better-prepared for academic life in college and more will graduate with a degree. This model has gained recognition from the likes of President Obama and is set to really transform the traditional classroom if current accomplishments continue to increase.