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9/27/2021

Google Jamboard helped National Board Certified Teacher Kathleen Palmieri create an interactive digital notebook. In this article, Palmieri, a fifth-grade teacher in New York, writes about using Jamboard with Google Slides and describes why Jamboard has become her "go to" digital resource.

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MiddleWeb
9/27/2021

Phonics works best when blended into reading lessons with context or pictures, especially for students who are English language learners, says Kathy Escamilla, an education professor and part of the National Committee for Effective Literacy Instruction for Emergent Bilinguals. Escamilla also notes that sounding out a word is useless if students are without the meaning of the word.

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EdSource
9/27/2021

"Chemical Kim" Hilton uses a TikTok channel to spread a passion and enthusiasm for chemistry with nearly a million viewers around the world. Hilton, a professor at Florida SouthWestern State College, discusses being among the few women studying science while attending college and how that has influenced her teaching in the classroom and on TikTok, where viewers can see a different perspective of what a scientist looks like while learning about things, such as how to make Dippin' Dots ice cream.

9/27/2021

Some teachers in Connecticut say they work to help students make connections with history with the present day -- and it has nothing to do with critical race theory. Among the teachers in this article is media specialist Kevin Staton, who shares about giving a lesson in the spring on the history of music in protests to a group of high-school choir students who were preparing for a concert about music and the civil rights movement, covering the work of singers Bessie Smith and Bob Dylan to current hip-hop artists with ties to social issues -- a teaching strategy that could be mistaken for critical race theory.

9/27/2021

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona's "Return-to-School Road Trip" to schools in five Midwestern states celebrated a return to in-person learning and highlighted efforts by schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including universal mask policies. During a visit to an elementary school in Wisconsin, Cardona also pledged to share with President Joe Biden the students' desire for more time for recess and art.

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National Public Radio
9/27/2021

A Mississippi school district installed new audio enhancement electronics in 12 classrooms and the school library at a high school and in a dozen classrooms at a junior high school. The technology, paid for through a state grant, is intended to help teachers be heard through masks.

9/27/2021

Even though more first-generation students are earning degrees, they rarely have the same success in employment, research shows. Some barriers include decreased likelihood of having had paid internships or having utilized campus career services or participated in extracurricular activities, research finds.

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The Hechinger Report
9/27/2021

Machine learning is a branch of AI (artificial intelligence) that involves computer systems that are able to learn and adapt on their own. While it’s fun to joke about the bad sci-fi movie potential of the technology, it can help educators and students in serious ways. “Educators are using machine learning to identify students that need support earlier and act to improve success and retention,” writes Kim Majerus, vice president, U.S. public sector education, state, and local government at Amazon Web Services. “Machine learning is also expanding the reach and impact of online learning content through localization, transcription, text-to-speech, and personalization.”

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Tech & Learning
9/27/2021

Saliva tests, aka spit tests, are ideal COVID tests for schools looking to conduct regular monitoring of students or other populations and launch Test to Stay policies, say public health experts who have studied the tests. Saliva tests can also serve as a complement to other tests such as rapid antigen ones. The top saliva tests are relatively inexpensive, highly accurate, and can be fast as results are generally available within a matter of hours. These tests are also easy to administer, especially for kids, and are already in use at many schools and universities across the country.

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Tech & Learning
9/27/2021

Culinary students at a New Mexico high school and the Business Professionals of America are partnering on a new Meals-To-Go business, which offers take-out meal service. The program offers students hands-on experience preparing meals and operating a business.