Research + News | Topic: Schools

Google Is Equipping More Rural School Buses With Wi-Fi And Chromebooks

Providing students with dependable Wi-Fi before and after school is a boon for those who might lack broadband internet at home, giving them two opportunities daily to complete assignments or study for exams while on the bus. Read the article here.

Kids Are Having Issues Holding Their Pencils Because Of Technology

It doesn’t just stop at handwriting – fine motor skill challenges could lead to trouble buttoning clothes, tying shoes and more. Read the article here.

How Is Digital Text Affecting Student Comprehension?

Researchers found that digital reading was faster but less effective as a tool for helping students process and learn information. Read more from the Growing Leaders’ blog post here.

This Simple Solution To Smartphone Addiction Is Now Used In Over 600 U.S. Schools

Graham Dugoni, 31, started Yondr to remind people what it’s like to live phone-free. Read the article here.

A&E ‘Undercover High’ Reveals How Cell Phones Destroy Education

What is it about the cell phone addiction that makes kids push back so ferociously at the suggestion that they put down their phones in order to pay attention in class (or interact with family members at dinner)? Read the article here.

Germany Bans Kids’ Smartwatches That Can Be Used For Eavesdropping

A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. Read the article here.

Teenagers Are As Sedentary As 60-Year-Olds By Age 19

Researchers wonder whether teens’ increasing inactivity has to do with how the school day is structured and the increasing number of screens in our modern world. Read the article here.

Youth Suicide Rates Are Rising – School And The Internet May Be To Blame

A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in May found that the number of children and teens admitted to children’s hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm have more than doubled during the last decade. Read the article here.

Schools Try Blocking Social Media

Some school districts are trying to block smartphone access to major social platforms while students are on school grounds. Read the article here.

A Good Night’s Sleep A Better Alternative To Teen Nap Clubs

A look at lack of sleep, teen naps clubs, and the pressures high schoolers face, especially the pressure of getting accepted to college. Read the article here.