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8/18/2017

Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.

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EdTech online
8/18/2017

College and university IT leaders can increase diversity and retain talent by creating a sense of community where all workers feel welcomed and respected, says Jane Stout of the Computing Research Association. In this Q&A, Stout offers ideas to help nurture community, including various activities that let workers have fun and connect with their colleagues.

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EdTech online
8/17/2017

More students will have access to digital versions of the PSAT and SAT during the 2017-18 school year, according to the College Board. Last fall and spring, more than 5,000 students took the online SAT and another 5,000 took the online PSAT, officials said, noting that they expect a "slight increase" this school year.

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PSAT, College Board
8/17/2017

Students and parents in a Tennessee school district are concerned about the dress code, which they say is too strict. The controversy spilled over onto social media, where one mother wrote on the school's Facebook page that students were being suspended for wearing frayed jeans and V-neck blouses.

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Today
8/16/2017

Fifth-grade teacher Bret Harrison has been using technology with his students for more than 10 years, but he still calls himself a "reluctant adopter," Mary Jo Madda writes. In this Q&A, Harrison explains his journey to education-technology adoption and why he keeps a healthy skepticism about new technologies.

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EdSurge
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Mary Jo Madda
8/15/2017

Crane manufacturer Manitowoc has donated a virtual welder that was going unused to a school in Pennsylvania to help students train for potential careers in the industry. Career center instructor Elisa Ramsey says the technology will allow her to guide students as they weld.

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Manitowoc
8/15/2017

Some educators in Australia are asking for a break from the burden of answering emails sent by parents after hours and on weekends. The State School Teachers Union is seeking to include such a provision in teachers' contracts, saying that some parents are expecting lengthy, instant responses.

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The West Australian
8/15/2017

Playing Minecraft may help boost students' social and emotional skills, according to a report from Getting Smart, which partnered with Microsoft for the survey. Data show 86.6% of respondents said playing Minecraft had a positive effect on students' communication skills.

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T.H.E. Journal
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Minecraft, Microsoft
8/15/2017

Some educators are using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum to share learning resources to help address the recent rally and violence in Charlottesville, Va. This article features a curated list of potential resources, including websites, videos and other documents.

8/15/2017

New employee orientation in a Texas school district challenged teachers to take part in community visits and post about their experiences on Twitter. One of the teachers said the experience allowed her to bond with peers and members of the community.

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Twitter, Texas school district