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1/21/2019

Students whose families received text messages from school containing tips about vocabulary words being taught in class, according to an early examination of data from the Text to Talk program. Education professor Barbara Wasik, who researched the Temple University program, says the approach stands out from similar efforts because the tips are tied to the school curriculum.

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Temple University
1/21/2019

Collaboration among stakeholders will be key to improving the education-technology market for adult education programs, according to a report written in partnership with the US Department of Education. The report offers several strategies to help improve the adult edtech market, including engaging consumers, employers, developers and others.

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US Department of Education
1/21/2019

Students from schools in several states have turned to social media to share photos of themselves appearing to give the Nazi salute. Lara Trubowitz, education director for the Anti-Defamation League Midwest, says data show a rise in anti-Semitic incidents reported at K-12 schools and addresses the issues and concerns raised by the incidents.

1/17/2019

Verizon has reconsidered a plan to charge fees that would make using the Remind messaging service prohibitive for teachers and parents. The fee change, announced Monday, was reversed Wednesday following criticism from teachers and others on social media.

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Verizon
1/17/2019

Student loans are undercutting the US housing market by preventing many people ages 24 to 32 from buying, a Federal Reserve study finds. From 2005 to 2014, homeownership in that age range declined to 36% from 45%, according to the study.

1/17/2019

A school in Australia now uses multiscreen classrooms with which students and teachers can wirelessly project. In this commentary, David Soede, director of information and communication technologies at the school, describes the platform and the support needed for the approach to work.

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1/16/2019

Some teachers are using video games to help engage students and boost learning. A Connecticut school district reported some evidence of improved outcomes after students began using DreamBox, a game that helps teach math.

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The Associated Press
1/16/2019

The issues that led to a teachers' strike in Los Angeles Monday are similar to those that sparked protests in Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia last year. The issues include education funding, teacher salaries and the diversion of resources to nonpublic schools.

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West Virginia
1/16/2019

A report finds that online education "has failed to reduce costs and improve outcomes for students," even as it becomes the fastest-growing segment of higher education, particularly at for-profit institutions. Researchers say hybrid models that involve some face-to-face interaction with instructors and other students have fewer problems.

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Inside Higher Ed
1/16/2019

Some colleges are using custom text messages, emails or other communication -- known as "nudges" -- to help keep students on track. Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina found that sending text messages to incoming students helped more of them complete basic tasks that need to be done before they arrive on campus.

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