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3/30/2017

The ways teachers choose instructional materials are changing with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the shift toward digital and open resources. Officials in a New York district are among those who have adopted educator-created open educational resources.

3/30/2017

Studying films and filmmaking can help to teach science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, asserts Frank Baker, an educational consultant. In this blog post, he shares ideas and resources for film-related STEAM lessons, including the use of computer-generated imagery in films such as "Rogue One."

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3/30/2017

The nonprofit Guitars in the Classroom recently held workshops for teachers in a California school district to show them how music can be used in the classroom. The workshops covered the basics, such as how to play chords on a ukulele and how to engage students in music and singing in classes, including in English-language instruction.

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3/30/2017

Students need stories that reflect their lives and experiences to help them connect with books and cultivate an interest in reading, high-school English teacher Kathleen Melville writes. She describes a class project in which her students shared culturally relevant books with first-graders and then wrote books tailored to their younger peers.

3/30/2017

There are three key concerns that educators have with using Twitter, writes Heather Ngoma, director of Rutgers University's Alternate Route Teacher Training Program at the Center for Effective School Practices. In this commentary, she offers ways that teachers can overcome these obstacles, which include privacy concerns.

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3/30/2017

California fifth-grade teacher Scott Bedley shares how he uses lessons styled as games to teach his students how to spot fake news. After teaching students how to determine the accuracy of online information, Bedley or his students present real and fake stories, and other students conduct online research to determine which ones are fake.

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3/30/2017

Connecticut lawmakers and industry leaders are encouraging more professionals to become career and technical education instructors and are pursuing legislative solutions. Increasing demand for CTE programs is creating a shortage of educators.

3/30/2017

Chicago was the only one of the 10 largest cities in the US to see the population of its metropolitan statistical area fall between 2015 and 2016, per Census data. However, eight of the other nine largest metropolitan areas experienced slowing population growth.

3/30/2017

Officials in a Tennessee school district are incorporating parts of its successful iZone model in struggling schools to help improve performance. Its Empowerment Zone aims to include 11 schools this year.

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3/30/2017

More students are receiving health and wellness care at schools via telemedicine. The Los Angeles school district has adopted a pilot program in which students at five schools will connect with medical professionals via the internet for certain conditions, including acute infections.

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