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10/16/2018

A group of New Jersey middle-school students wanted to build an invention that would help prevent concussions after a friend was affected by one. In this blog post, teacher Jonathan Harvey shares how his students won the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow contest with their football helmet sensor that helps to detect sudden movements in the head and signs of a concussion.

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10/16/2018

School districts are experimenting with various ways to provide broadband access for students who lack service at home, a problem that particularly affects rural and minority children, the Department of Education says. One solution to the "homework gap" problem: mapping out areas where students can gain access to free Wi-Fi.

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10/16/2018

Social media bots that operate without human involvement to post content and interact with human users are a growing concern related to the spread of political misinformation online. A Pew Research Center survey shows that 8 in 10 Americans aware of the bots believe they are used for malicious purposes.

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10/16/2018

As more donors use Bitcoin to donate to colleges and universities, leaders are seeking to understand the cryptocurrency and shape policies around the acceptance of such gifts. Some universities, including Cornell and the University of California at Berkeley, recently have accepted Bitcoin donations.

10/15/2018

Some students struggle with in-person communication and prefer to communicate via text message, asserts Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University. In this blog post, Chandler shares several activities to help students build better social communication skills, including some that integrate digital tools.

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10/15/2018

The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee in England is studying how social media affects the health and well-being of youths. Officials are gathering information from the public, experts and technology companies, including social media firms, about how inappropriate material and illegal content are being addressed.

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10/12/2018

Some residents of Marion County, Fla., are calling for the resignation of school board member Nancy Stacy over comments she posted on Facebook defending Bill Cosby and criticizing his female accusers. Stacy also posted comments supporting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and mocking those who opposed his confirmation.

10/12/2018

Educators can use technology to improve learning and prepare students for careers, writes Matt Prusiecki, superintendent of an Indiana school district. In this commentary, he offers three key strategies, including by using personal hot spots, making classroom spaces more innovative and introducing virtual portfolios for students to showcase their work.

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10/11/2018

Some colleges and universities are enhancing their distance-learning programs by offering microdegrees and making courses more mobile-friendly, according to a survey by the Association for Continuing Higher Education. The report also outlines ideas for boosting enrollment in these programs, such as by offering scholarships and more courses in computer programming and IT.

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10/11/2018

Since the introduction of Common Core State Standards, math and English-language arts teachers have increased their use of standard-aligned online resources, according to a report from RAND Corp. About 60% of math teachers and 55% of English teachers used Teacherspayteachers.com for online materials in 2017, up from 41% of math teachers and 42% of English teachers in 2015.

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