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11/20/2019

Middle-school students in Colorado are using a screen-free robotics system from QuestBotics to learn coding skills. The hands-on system includes a programmable bot and 64 cubes -- each with a different function -- that students use to develop code for the bot.

11/20/2019

Red for Ed Action Day drew thousands of educators and others to protest at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday in support of increasing pay for teachers, changing professional-development requirements and other priorities. The day of action led about half of the state's school districts to close or offer e-learning or an employee workday.

11/20/2019

A Wisconsin high recently launched an engineering competition designed to foster closer connections between its technology education and Advanced Placement programs. AP calculus and physics students worked in teams to design, build and test an apparatus that could move a golf ball.

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11/20/2019

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering legislation that would mandate cursive instruction in the state's elementary schools. Some educators there praise the benefits of learning cursive, but some schools have dropped the focus on cursive handwriting, particularly after the adoption of Common Core State Standards lent itself to a greater focus on keyboarding proficiency.

11/19/2019

Students at a Virginia middle school recently learned about safe online behavior from representatives from the FBI. The visit -- part of the FBI's "Think Before You Post" program -- included lessons on the lasting impact of material they post on social media.

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11/19/2019

Wilson County Schools in Tennessee has seen improved achievement in reading since adopting a data-driven decision-making approach and prioritizing literacy, writes Donna Wright, director of schools for the district. In this blog post, she shares her district's approach, including shifting the mindset of assessments from punitive to proactive.

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11/19/2019

Education leaders should play a greater role in driving education-technology decision making, according to Liz Boyles, director of information services for the Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C in Illinois. In this commentary, she shares three reasons to support this idea to ensure that technology advances education.

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11/19/2019

State lawmakers in Tennessee are analyzing the definition of a "teacher," a departure from the state's current practice of grouping classroom teachers with the broader category of "instructional staff." The move could have implications for state funding for schools and in who receives pay raises meant for "teachers."

11/18/2019

Many of Ohio's nearly 1,000 online teachers have had to learn primarily on the job, but more colleges say they are working to prepare educators for the unique challenges of working in virtual classrooms. Two education majors, who tutor students online, say online teaching presents a variety of challenges, including keeping students engaged.

11/15/2019

Some teachers are using the popular short-form video application, TikTok, with their students, including Andrew Kozlowsky, a Maryland social studies teacher who allowed students to make TikTok videos about the Missouri Compromise of 1820. However, educators are advised to use the platform with caution, with some saying TikTok could be a distraction and used as a bullying tool.