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3/19/2019

AI4K12, a working group established by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, soon may release curriculum guidelines about artificial intelligence. Officials say this is part of an effort to prepare students for future careers, but one key challenge is that many teachers lack AI training.

3/19/2019

New York City schools use computer simulations to help prepare new principals, writes Larry Woodbridge, executive director of principal preparation programs in the New York City Department of Education. Woodbridge shares how simulations can help offer a safe environment to tackle difficult conversations and situations, including exploring racial inequity and school safety.

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3/19/2019

US colleges, universities and schools are using virtual-reality experiences to recruit students from other countries. Kevin Merges, executive director of Global Education Programs at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J., says VR can improve students' connection to a school by 40% to 70%.

3/18/2019

About 50,000 teachers and 360,000 students have registered for Google's Applied Digital Skills program since it launched. The program is aimed at providing free video-based instructional materials and other resources.

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3/18/2019

High-school athletic events in Los Angeles increasingly are fodder for social media -- whether it be a spectacular dunk that could go viral or a selfie with a standout player. Also popular are clips of the teenage children of well-known professional basketball players, including LeBron James and Scottie Pippen, showing off their own athletic skills.

3/15/2019

Sixteen school districts across South Carolina are trying out RoboKind's interactive robot Milo to teach communication, social, emotional and behavioral skills to students with autism. Some research shows that technology such as robots may better engage students with the neurological disorder.

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3/15/2019

Some school districts are banning teachers from using crowdfunding platforms, such as DonorsChoose. Officials in Nashville, Tenn., which banned the practice in December, said tools purchased through the website, including technology, often did not meet the district's standards.

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3/15/2019

The prevalence of major depression symptoms among adolescents ages 12 to 17 during the previous year rose by 52% between 2005 and 2017, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Lead author Jean Twenge said that greater social media use and reduced sleep may account for the increase in mental health issues.

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3/14/2019

Middle- and high-school students in an Illinois community have access to a space designed to help them complete homework and study after school. In this blog post, Robert Dillon describes how "The House" is designed to meet students' needs, including through the use of assistive technology.

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3/14/2019

Deals that Facebook has made to provide users' personal data to manufacturers of electronic devices are under investigation by US prosecutors. At least two companies that make smartphones and other devices have been subpoenaed, sources said.

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