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12/2/2020

The Florida Department of Education will provide funding for live remote learning next semester as an option in K-12 schools that also provide in-person classes, Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week. However, schools that offer remote learning must turn in intervention programs designed for students who fall behind, inform parents if it starts to happen and allow the student to switch to in-person classes, DeSantis said.

12/2/2020

Teachers should strive to give directions that are observable, clear, concise with start and end times, according to Rachel Fuhrman, a ninth-grade special-education math teacher. In this article, Fuhrman offers examples of specific instructions, such as advising students when to turn pages, what they will do in a task, how many minutes they will work on it, and starting tasks with "go."

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Edutopia
12/2/2020

Three out of four parents surveyed in September say they see a crisis in the US education system, according to Bruno Manno, senior adviser for the Walton Family Foundation's K-12 program. In this article, Manno writes that while nearly 25% of parents polled used "frustrating" to describe the experience their student had with online learning, 63% said they believe the future of education is bright and 66% said they support rethinking how students are taught.

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The 74
12/2/2020

Blind devotion to candidates by middle-schoolers is something unfamiliar to veteran social studies teacher Greg Cruey. In this interview, Cruey explains how he navigates teaching about the presidential election in a poor, rural district in West Virginia, where he says he wants his sixth- through eighth-grade students to learn to research and think critically about conspiracy theories and rumors.

12/2/2020

About 90% of first-grade students at a Washington, D.C., school achieved targets in reading in March, but in the fall -- following a period of remote instruction -- every student was lagging behind in reading and none read at grade level. Teachers and families are working to recover the learning loss, yet educators and experts say it is an example of the potential long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic on learning.

12/2/2020

Now in its seventh year, The Month Of Code event has had more than one billion students from 180 countries participate in coding-related activities. Finding the right coding kits for your class can help to encourage a lifelong interest in coding, computer science, and STEM experiences.

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2029 employment in STEM occupations will increase by 8%, more than twice the rate of non-STEM careers. STEM subjects can be dense and difficult for students to engage with, which is why these top STEM apps can make a valuable addition to your STEM teaching toolkit.

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

With a full day of engaging discussions on esports and education and the ability to browse the most innovative esports products in the expo hall, you won't want to miss this free event!

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

Marvina Bugajski's first-grade students in Washington will tackle all their subjects for the next six months with the help of Pearl, a newborn Holstein calf in Minnesota. The class "adopted" the calf for six months and will receive regular updates to help them learn, such as growth charts for math and cow anatomy for science, while letter-writing to Pearl will address language arts.

12/2/2020

New Jersey's Mount Olive School District, which had offered in-person classes for students with special needs while the rest of the student body learned remotely, has reverted temporarily to 100% virtual learning for middle- and high-school students after a spike in coronavirus cases in the state. The district's elementary schools will continue to offer face-to-face learning for students with special needs for the time being, superintendent Robert Zywicki said.

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