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7/13/2018

The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.

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7/13/2018

A Minnesota school district will begin phasing out the use of its interactive whiteboards in classrooms because of a lack of available funding to update or replace them. Dean Herold, a middle-school teacher, says that he'll have to adjust lesson plans as the boards are phased out.

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7/13/2018

Officials in a Pennsylvania school district are considering a contract that would allow them to lease a Chromebook device for every student at a high school for three years. The Chromebooks -- $83,000 for 1,225 devices -- would replace the school's current technology, which includes carts of laptops available for students.

7/13/2018

Many YouTube videos paint a negative picture about public education and teachers in these schools, says education researcher Burhanettin Keskin of the University of Mississippi. Keskin aims to shed light on how technology providers could be slanting public opinion with their platforms.

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7/12/2018

The unlikely pair of a former skinhead, Arno Michaelis, and Pardeep Kaleka, a trauma therapist whose father was killed by an associate of Michaelis', are teaching students how to practice unity. The duo's story has moved some students to start their own social-justice projects aimed at serving the community.

7/12/2018

More educators are regularly using video in their lessons, according to an online survey by video-services company Kaltura. Results also show that about 21% of the surveyed educators said more than half the number of their students also are creating videos.

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7/11/2018

Math is a challenging subject and mistakes should be celebrated, writes Ashleigh Ziehmke, a fourth-grade math teacher in Wisconsin. In this commentary, she shares three ways she has established a growth mindset among her own students, including by helping them understand what a growth mindset is and measuring their growth.

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7/11/2018

A national network of "fusion centers" -- secret facilities that gather information to help support public safety -- are working to help stop school shootings before they occur. The work, which includes culling social media and data to identify threats and predict where school shootings may happen, has created debate among privacy experts and advocates.

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7/11/2018

A study shows the majority of kindergarten through grade 12 students are using technology to complete assignments, with only 42% primarily using pencil and paper. The data also show that 66% of teachers say technology increases student productivity while 60% say it's intellectually stimulating for students.

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7/10/2018

Erin Goodridge, a middle-school music teacher, teaches in a virtual classroom and says it is not so different from teaching in a traditional classroom. In this blog post, she describes how she created the virtual space "Coffeehouse LIVE," to allow students to perform their work virtually for an audience.

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