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5/22/2018

The digital tool Slack can help support Socratic seminars, write Zach Seagle, a history instructional coach at KIPP San Francisco College Prep, and Justin Taylor, a high-school social studies teacher. In this commentary, they suggest students use Slack as a companion to in-person discussions by asking questions and linking to relevant resources.

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5/22/2018

Experiential learning can help engage students, suggests Shawna Stueck, an elementary-school teacher at an online public school. In this article, she writes about three strategies for integrating experiential learning, including letting students lead and make more choices in the classroom.

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eSchool News
5/22/2018

Digital tools can help seasoned teachers mentor first-year educators, asserts instructional technology coordinator Claudio Zavala Jr. In this blog post, Zavala suggests four digital tools to support new teachers with critiques, communication and demonstrations.

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5/22/2018

School leaders in some communities are investing in high-tech security systems used by the military and law enforcement to boost campus safety. However, even as the school security market emerges as a multibillion-dollar industry, there is little evidence the tools will prevent another shooting.

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NBC News
5/22/2018

Lawmakers in California are considering a proposal to add $35 billion in new education funding to the state's budget. The proposal, which does not include a funding source, would direct the bulk of the monies to the funding formula, which is controlled locally by school boards.

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EdSource
5/22/2018

About 1,800 students in 81 countries competed in the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held this year in Pittsburgh. One high-school student's project was aimed at combating fake news after he says he nearly fell for a false headline on Facebook.

5/21/2018

Students in Moreno Valley Unified School District in California whose math assessments show they are struggling have an opportunity to receive online tutoring, writes Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora. In this commentary, Kedziora shares a step-by-step guide to his district's data-driven approach to helping students.

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eSchool News
5/18/2018

Engaging students in conversations about the ethics of technology and what they need to consider as they pursue careers in this field is the goal of MIT's humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein. In this interview, he says he will encourage students to consider the "broader community" and not make decisions in isolation.

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5/18/2018

Cornell University altered its outreach and application processes to help grow diversity in its computer-science PhD program, PhD admissions chairman David Bindel says. New application questions, including one asking candidates what unique outlook they bring to their research field, helped draw applicants from underrepresented minorities, including Native American and Pacific Islander.

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5/18/2018

Of the estimated 1.7 million students in the US who are home-schooled, about 8% are African-American, according to federal data from 2016. This article highlights what motivates black families to pursue home-schooling, including a desire to incorporate lessons about black culture and history into their child's learning.

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The Atlantic online