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9/22/2020

Some teachers will be operating under hybrid learning -- combining teaching students at home and in the classroom. Wyman Khuu, a science teacher at KIPP Infinity Elementary, and Jane Chavez, a science teacher at KIPP NJ Seek Academy, share five strategies to support this style of teaching.

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SmartBrief/Education
9/22/2020

As many as 11 million elementary school students -- concentrated in low-income, special-education or English language-learning populations -- had no livestreamed virtual lessons last spring, thus missing out on the crucial, direct teacher-student engagement, according to a University of Nebraska at Lincoln survey. Study author Michael Hebert says schools this fall should ensure targeted interventions with such students.

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University of Nebraska
9/21/2020

Technology provides key benefits to education, including communication and learning supports, according to a majority of parents surveyed by the Center for Democracy and Technology. The survey found that data privacy was a "mid- to low-level" concern among parents, outweighed by the quality of their children's education.

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EdSurge
9/21/2020

Educators nationwide are sharing teaching tips, offering support and providing ideas to engage students on TikTok. Arielle Fodor, a kindergarten teacher in California, says she has gotten teaching ideas from the video platform.

9/21/2020

California school buses are being deployed to some districts' more remote areas to help students connect with online learning. Some students in these areas also are provided with stronger hot spot devices, and the Wi-Fi-equipped buses are placed to make internet connection easier.

9/18/2020

Students and teachers in several states have been dealing with intermittent glitches when using the MAP Growth assessment from NWEA. About 10,000 schools and education agencies use the service, which assesses learning in math, reading, science and language.

9/18/2020

Even while social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are four ways students can get a head start on their careers from home, asserts Renee Breur, a high-school counselor at Destinations Career Academy of Colorado. Breur suggests students explore career options, join career-focused clubs and complete a virtual internship.

9/18/2020

Sarah Cooper, an eighth-grade US history teacher and dean of studies at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada, Calif., says she is starting to rethink how she uses Zoom breakout rooms in her virtual instruction. She shares what is working -- such as checking homework -- and what's not, including addressing controversial topics.

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9/17/2020

Dozens of teachers, librarians and technology staff members are participating on a Louisiana school district's technology help desk, fielding technical questions that families submit online or ask over the phone. During the first week of school, the help desk received 1,000 help requests, and 95% were resolved.

9/16/2020

An Oregon elementary school teacher's Instagram page offers tips for parents helping with their young children's virtual learning. Meghan Klaus' Instagram page @teacher2therescue offers tips on taking breaks, incorporating movement and other proven tactics to successful learning, even when at home.