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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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2/14/2018

Educators in Tulsa, Okla., recently learned about underwater robotics through the US Naval Academy's SeaPerch program. Catalina Vizueth, a seventh-grade science teacher said the training exposed her to scientific concepts and practices she planned to share with her students.

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2/14/2018

Many New York school districts are enhancing learning by investing in virtual-reality technology to allow students to observe medical operations or a deep-sea dive. Researchers say virtual field trips can improve student recall, engagement and understanding.

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2/13/2018

A leadership academy for educators in a Georgia school district used a planning strategy inspired by a UN role-playing exercise. In this commentary, instructional technology specialist Lee Patti discusses the process and how it led to real solutions.

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2/13/2018

Web-based learning tools may help boost science knowledge among diverse student populations, according to a study published in the International Journal of Science Education. Data from the study of 13 middle schools show gains among English-language learners and students with learning disabilities.

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T.H.E. Journal
2/13/2018

Education-technology experts discussed various tools and digital trends with attendees at the TechShare LIVE! session at the Future of Education Technology Conference. They talked about ways to use the Amazon Echo Dot in the classroom and tools to help integrate augmented reality into lessons.

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2/13/2018

The number of students taking free massive open online courses declined in 2017, according to a report from Class Central, but enrollment for paid courses is on the rise. The data also show that some colleges and universities, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Georgia Tech, are expanding their MOOC offerings.

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Campus Technology
2/13/2018

Thirteen cities in the US have adopted the Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mentoring 2.0 initiative, which uses online communication to connect students to professionals. The mentors and the students work together to set goals, develop proper academic habits and prepare for college.

2/12/2018

A high-school sophomore in Virginia has designed a mobile app to help people feel safe when traveling alone. The app, Safe Travel, won recognition during the annual Congressional App Challenge.

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2/12/2018

The bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress includes $400 billion for programs aimed at college completion and affordability. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the measure "a step in the right direction" to address student debt, but other observers expressed frustration that it did not include provisions for students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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