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2/9/2018

A growing number of school libraries and makerspaces feature breakerspaces, where students explore by taking items apart and to find out how they work, school librarian Katie Darty writes. Darty and a number of educators and librarians share how breakerspaces can be organized and offer tips and resources.

2/9/2018

An organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has debuted the #MeTooK12 hashtag to give students a way to talk about their experiences with sexual harassment in schools. The organization also offers resources designed to help schools address the issue.

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2/8/2018

Towson University's unused computers are getting a second lease on life through the "EduCycle" program. Under the program, the university's older computers are refurbished and redistributed to the Baltimore County school system and in the community.

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Campus Technology
2/8/2018

A survey has found that 60% of adults who do not have a bachelor's degree would like to return to college, but 70% say they can't afford tuition, while three-quarters worry about incurring new debt. The data also showed that the majority of adults who participated in the survey would prefer a traditional on-campus college experience over taking online courses.

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2/8/2018

Forgiving the $1.4 trillion in student-loan debt held by 44 million Americans would, on average, boost the GDP by between $86 billion and $108 billion per year over the next decade, according to a report. Researchers say the data, which comes as Congress debates student-loan reform as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization, also show that such debt cancellation could create an average of more than 1.2 million jobs over 10 years.

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2/7/2018

Rather than waiting for policymakers to take the lead, work should begin at the grassroots level to revolutionize education, Sir Ken Robinson said during his keynote address at Future of Education Technology Conference. His vision for the future of education includes one in which academics are paired with a focus on social connection, collaboration and emotions.

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2/7/2018

Students enrolled in health and science courses at a Tennessee high school will be able to work virtually on human cadavers using a new digital dissection table. Students participating in the school's certified nursing assistant, first responder and agricultural science programs also will be able to study using the device.

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2/7/2018

Teachers who build a community with fellow educators are more likely to stay in the profession, asserts instructional coach Meagan England. In this blog post, she shares how she uses blogs, Facebook groups and Twitter to keep connected and engaged.

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2/6/2018

Some research shows that 91% of teenagers use YouTube, a statistic that should prompt educators to include and leverage the platform for media-literacy lessons, writes Tanner Higgin of Common Sense Education. In this commentary, he highlights the promise of YouTube video essays for such lessons.

2/6/2018

States under the Every Student Succeeds Act can use Title II, Part A, funding for recruiting, preparing and supporting teachers. The Center for American Progress has reviewed states' ESSA plans to highlight where they are aiming to use the funds.