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10/18/2018

Some teachers are integrating lessons in computer science across the curriculum, according to Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer for Code.org. At a private school in Massachusetts, English teacher Peter Nilsson has students use coding to analyze texts, including news articles, speeches and rap lyrics.

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Educators are tapping real-world experiences to teach science, technology, engineering and math lessons. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association offers curricula and resources to teach students about flight, while iFly offers indoor skydiving experiences to students learning about velocity, force and motion.

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10/18/2018

Students in Washington, D.C., will have the option to earn an associate's degree while in high school when the school district opens the Bard High School Early College next fall. Bard College in New York has already collaborated with districts in New York, Newark, Cleveland, Baltimore and New Orleans to create such schools, and officials say 85% of participating students go on to attend four-year colleges.

10/18/2018

Literacy coaches at nine Mississippi elementary schools helped students improve on state reading tests so much that they are now moving on to other schools with lower levels of achievement. At one school, teacher Kristy Cornelius said the literacy coach gave her some new tools for teaching reading.

10/18/2018

The testing opt-out movement appears to be picking up steam, with 1 in 5 New York state students opting out of standardized exams over the past four years, according to Oren Pizmony-Levy, assistant professor Columbia University's Teachers College. In this commentary, he suggests that students and families might opt out less if they were included in the decision-making process and if testing policies were more transparent.

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10/18/2018

A massive, faraway galaxy cluster dubbed Hyperion, seen as it was about 2 billion years post-Big Bang, has been spotted by astronomers using data detected by the Very Large Telescope in Chile and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii, according to findings published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. "Hyperion is like 5,000 galaxies of the Milky Way," said Steffen Miefke of the European Southern Observatory, which runs the Very Large Telescope.

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10/18/2018

Satellite images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration illustrate Hurricane Michael's effects on the Florida Panhandle. The images compare how the area looked before and after the hurricane hit as a Category 4 storm.

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10/18/2018

An Indiana school has added a weekly science, technology, engineering and math class to its rotation of enrichment courses for fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Students will work on special projects led by their STEM teacher or complete hands-on activities related to what they are learning in science and math, according to principal Renee Judy.

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10/18/2018

Educators should use technology to engage math students in active learning, asserts elementary instructional coach Gina Picha. In this blog post, she shares several best practices for identifying such technology and suggests tools to help foster deep thinking.

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10/18/2018

Adolescents from low-income families were at a greater risk of developing heart disease and were more likely to be obese or to smoke, compared with those from affluent families, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers evaluated data on 11,557 youths ages 12 to 19 and found that 22% of teens from low-income families and 26% from middle-income families were obese, compared with less than 15% of adolescents from high-income families.

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