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2/20/2018

First-graders at a Maryland school are learning to read by rotating through three stations: a guided reading group, technology-based activities and library activities. The approach in teacher Michelle Carpenter's class uses blended learning to help individual students work on areas of weakness.

2/20/2018

Teachers should take a stand to encourage policymakers to address gun violence, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Halley Wheeless. In this commentary, she writes about the power of teacher walkouts, saying that "Stepping out of your classroom -- to stand up for yourself and your students -- could be the most powerful lesson you ever teach."

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2/20/2018

Students from the Washington, D.C., area staged a "lie-in" Monday outside the White House as part of increased activism since the Florida school shooting. The event, organized by Teens for Gun Reform, included some students lying on the ground as if they were dead for three minutes -- the time span of the Feb. 14 shooting spree.

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2/20/2018

Homo erectus, first seen in Africa nearly 2 million years ago, invented language to communicate with others, according to Bentley University professor Daniel Everett, who shared his thesis at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. Everett says Homo erectus used language for hunting, boat-building and travel by sailing, a theory that has received mixed reactions from peers.

2/20/2018

Students in about 30 California high schools can enroll in data science, with some schools offering it as a math credit. Students use computers to analyze large sets of data, a skill increasingly in demand in the workforce.

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EdSource
2/20/2018

High-school students from five countries recently participated in the United Nations' "Global Classroom STEAM Challenge". The event invites students to use science, technology, engineering, arts and maths skills to address sustainable development issues.

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T.H.E. Journal
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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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CNBC
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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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Kevin Hodgson, YouTube, Google
2/20/2018

A class of Ohio middle-school students are using math, financial literacy and science skills to design a plane, build a model and book a complicated trip to an exotic destination. The lesson is part of the nine-week Northeast Ohio Genius Project.

2/20/2018

In the wake six school shootings during the first 45 days of the new year, it is "time for us to shout, 'Enough is enough!' " asserts Deborah Delisle, executive director and CEO of ASCD. In this commentary, she calls on lawmakers to pursue sensible solutions to keep students safe.

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