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6/21/2018

Educators can help students understand the importance of good financial habits by sharing their personal experiences with money, especially challenges, NFL wide receiver Arrelious Benn says. Benn, who is working with an online financial-literacy program, aims to help young people develop skills and habits that lead to responsible, stable financial futures.

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6/21/2018

Technology can support classical education, a centuries-old approach that focuses on philosophy, deep reading of classical literature and exploring issues through a moral lens, Dana Weeks writes. Weeks shares how students use iPads to examine Latin texts and QR codes to share poetry projects with family and friends.

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EdSurge
6/20/2018

The World Health Organization announced this week that it is now listing "gaming disorder" among its recognized mental disorders. Liz Kolb, a clinical associate professor of teacher education and learning technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that educational gaming and games should not be viewed through the same lens.

6/20/2018

Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.

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National Public Radio
6/19/2018

Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.

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eSchool News
6/19/2018

Most school districts don't have a policy about what personal information teachers should share with their students, says Julie Underwood, a professor of education law, policy and practice at the University of Wisconsin, but she suggests teachers share age-appropriate information with a pedagogical purpose. This issue has come under scrutiny since a Texas teacher was fired after parents complained it was inappropriate for her to share a photo of her same-sex partner.

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University of Wisconsin
6/19/2018

Lessons in coding can be integrated across the curriculum, asserts Jennifer Passi, an instructional coach at River Ridge Elementary in Austin, Texas. In this blog post, she shares five cross-curricular coding projects.

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SmartBrief/Education
6/19/2018

Educators and counselors in schools nationwide are being called upon to help students affected by the opioid epidemic, even though education funding has been cut and there are fewer counselors to respond to the demand. "I think we expect [...] schools to handle everything. ... Well, they can't do it all," said Chad Napier, prevention and education coordinator for the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in West Virginia and Virginia.

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Politico
6/19/2018

A recommendation shared on social media that students with special needs in Texas be evacuated last in the event of a school emergency is drawing criticism. The recommendation was not included in a school-safety plan being considered by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Texas school, Gov. Greg Abbott
6/18/2018

Accidents, natural disasters and hackers can dismantle schools' networks and destroy valuable data. This article showcases how several school districts responded to network failures and steps they took to get back up and running.