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1/19/2022

Classroom devices can help improve teaching and learning, but they can be challenging to manage, writes David LaMaster, curriculum principal in West Virginia. In this article, LaMaster suggests making it easy for students to identify their devices, using social media, and having charging stations and charging cords available.

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Edutopia
1/19/2022

Student participation in esports programs has soared in the past two years of the pandemic, says High School Esports League educational innovation head Kristy Custer. "Esports is capturing a marginalized, high-risk community, and we are helping them belong to something. It crosses a lot of social-economic boundaries," Custer says in this interview.

1/18/2022

Hybrid instruction -- a combination of virtual and in-person learning -- is the worst way to teach, according to a study of teachers in nine states by researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The study found teachers' preference was to teach fully in person, followed by fully remote.

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The Hechinger Report
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University of California
1/18/2022

Concerns about the digital divide among students continue during this latest coronavirus surge as some schools return to virtual instruction. Vikki Katz, a communication professor at Rutgers University, and other researchers found that in 2015 and 2021, the rate of low-income families with young children with internet access and a computer increased, but the rate of those with unreliable or insufficient internet access was roughly unchanged.

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The Associated Press
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Vikki Katz, Rutgers University
1/18/2022

In the four years since their school's reading challenges were brought to light, some gains have been made, write Ryan Powell, principal, and Steven Holifield, assistant principal at Southeast Elementary School in Meridian, Miss. In this blog post, they share five ways the school's online literacy platform helps improve outcomes for students.

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SmartBrief/Education
1/18/2022

A former college admissions counselor and nonprofit leader has developed an app, College Thriver Education, to make the college admissions process more accessible for students of color. The app helps students find funding for tuition and other expenses, transportation, housing and other services.

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The Hill
1/14/2022

Most school districts are using at least some of their federal coronavirus relief funds for their workforce, summer learning or building upgrades, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, according to an analysis by Future-Ed, which worked with Burbio on the data. The data also shows schools spending funds on education technology.

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T.H.E. Journal
1/12/2022

The federal government plans to distribute 10 million coronavirus tests to schools nationwide each month, the Biden administration said today. Plans call for providing 5 million rapid tests and 5 million PCR tests.

1/12/2022

Technology and media have produced various words and phrases that have taken root in pop culture -- such as metaverse -- but there are others that may be unfamiliar to students, writes Frank Baker, an author and expert in media literacy. In this blog post, Baker defines a dozen such words that students could be assigned to research, including woke washing, subvertising and availability bias.

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MiddleWeb
1/12/2022

Steve Jobs stood on stage in 2007 and announced the launch of the iPhone -- and it went on to become the most successful product in history, making Apple the most valuable company. Yet there are three ways the iPhone could have -- and almost did -- fail, says Inc. tech columnist Jason Aten.