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2/20/2018

It's not the smartphone so much as the social media available through the device that leads to unhealthy degrees of attachment by both younger users and adults, according to a study by Common Sense Media. Social media "can create this fear of missing out if we're not online," said author Ana Homayoun.

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2/20/2018

Mistakes will be made in the classroom -- sometimes too frequently, asserts sixth-grade teacher Kevin Hodgson. In this blog post, he shares some of his more memorable mistakes and what he learned, including an exercise involving Google slides and another in which students searched for song lyrics on YouTube.

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MiddleWeb
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2/19/2018

Countries with progressive cultures are producing fewer women in science, technology, engineering and math fields than countries with high rates of gender inequality, such as Algeria, where 41% of college graduates with STEM degrees are women, Olga Khazan writes. Researchers say that women from countries with a wide gender gap view STEM careers as their best pathway to financial independence, Khazan writes.

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2/19/2018

The Florida school shooting has sparked some debate about whether students are made more -- or less -- safe by carrying cellphones at school. Some say students with the devices can alert others that they are safe when getting to and from school or during an emergency, but others argue that phones can make students less safe during a crisis.

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2/19/2018

Virtual-reality tools could be affecting students' health, according to an ongoing study by Children and Virtual Reality. Researchers discovered some risks to students' health, including issues related to students' vision and balance.

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EdSurge
2/15/2018

Students in a Kansas school district are prohibited from using cellphones in schools, but leaders there say the directive is largely being ignored. The district's superintendent will be asked to review the existing policy.

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2/15/2018

School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.

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2/15/2018

As the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school unfolded Wednesday, students used social media, including Twitter, to share video and images from the scene. The imagery, such as students hiding in classrooms and school equipment damaged by bullets, are powerful scenes, according to this commentary.

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Slate
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2/14/2018

With state legislatures across the country in session, state lawmakers are engaged in active negotiations about how much money they will allocate for K-12 schools and how those funds will be distributed. This analysis considers the many factors that states are considering, including budget pressures and compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

2/14/2018

Netia McCray, an educator and founder of the nonprofit Mbadika, has released a YouTube series for educators to share tips about incorporating the film "Black Panther" into their lesson plans. In this interview, she describes how the project can engage late elementary to middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and math.

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