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4/7/2020

Some school districts that adopted Zoom in their sudden efforts to provide remote instruction -- including Las Vegas, New York City and Washington, D.C. -- have announced they will discontinue their use of the platform. At issue, they say, are concerns about privacy, harassment and security.

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Washington
4/7/2020

Some students seem to view calculators as an "answer giver" or a way to Google-search answers to math problems, writes Michelle Russell, a high-school math teacher in Alabama. In this blog post, Russell writes about patterns that she noticed among students preparing for exams and shares how to teach students to make the best use of calculators.

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MiddleWeb
4/7/2020

Often in education circles, there is a tendency to look for a silver bullet to improve outcomes for students, but it's critical to understand that everything is connected, says Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute and president of the California State Board of Education. In this Q&A, she considers the current public health crisis and says the economic toll may highlight the "central importance" of public education.

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Stanford University
4/7/2020

An annual reading challenge for elementary-school students in Washington state will move online because of prolonged school closures prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. The event includes about 1,600 third-grade students from 60 elementary schools who compete in teams -- reading six books and answering trivia questions about what they have read.

4/7/2020

A school district in California preparing to offer a bilingual immersion program in Armenian, believed to be the first such program in the US. The program will begin with four levels of language courses and expand to include classes in Armenian literature, history and culture.

4/7/2020

In this commentary, Gaia Ines Fasso, an edtech consultant and student of experience design at the University of the Arts, London, shares how several innovative schools are approaching remote learning. At a middle school in California, students practice daily mindfulness exercises, and educators took an opportunity recently to address rumors they've heard about the coronavirus.

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University of the Arts
4/7/2020

The coronavirus pandemic stands to have an outsized impact on the most at-risk populations, according to Niamh Sweeney, a teacher of health and social care and criminology at Cambridge Sixth Form College. In this commentary, she asserts that when the crisis is over, schools should not return to business as usual, but instead turn their attention to addressing issues and inequities that have persisted for years.

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The Guardian (London)
4/7/2020

Integrating audio recording into lessons for early language learners has improved outcomes for students in three key ways, writes Becca Masse, a kindergarten teacher in Auburn, Maine. In this blog post, she shares how the recordings have helped honor the diversity of students' backgrounds, encourage peer-to-peer learning and accelerate vocabulary learning.

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SmartBrief/Education
4/7/2020

School districts say they are concerned that the coronavirus pandemic could have a chilling effect on participation in the US census. At issue, they say, is that reduced participation could affect funding for schools and have long-term implications when the country is facing a potential recession.

4/7/2020

Tamara Modig, an eighth-grade math teacher in Massachusetts, says she gives students multiple options for their remote work each day and provides problem-solving help via video, but she notes a disconnect compared with in-person teaching. Meanwhile, Title I math teacher Margaret Edmunds says she is busier than ever and spends time checking on her sixth- and eighth-grade students.

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Margaret Edmunds