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3/1/2021

Students need to feel safety and security to thrive, and in the classroom, security often comes from the teacher, according to Becca Smith, a high-school English teacher in Texas. In this blog post, Smith shares three strategies to help offer students a sense of security, such as being empathetic in response to underperformance.

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Edutopia
3/1/2021

The coronavirus pandemic and lessons learned from it will help shape education in 2021, according to Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO and president of DreamBox Learning. In this commentary, Woolley-Wilson shares three key trends, including a focus on broadband access and the prioritization of social-emotional learning.

3/1/2021

School districts nationwide report continued challenges finding substitute teachers during the coronavirus pandemic. To help fill gaps, districts are tapping school administrators, asking teachers to cover multiple classes and recruiting help from local businesses.

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The Hechinger Report
3/1/2021

The top purchase, outside of protective gear, for Louisiana schools during the coronavirus pandemic has been technology, says Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley. The state now has 770,110 tablets, laptops or other devices for its 589,502 students, with three districts not yet meeting the one-to-one device threshold.

3/1/2021

WeVideo is a video platform designed to use the cloud for collaborative storage and work - hence the "we" in the name. It can be used to capture, edit, and view video footage, and works on most devices. Both educators and students can use this tool as it not only teaches how to video edit, in an accessible way, but also allows students to use video as a way to express ideas and submit work projects.

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Tech & Learning
3/1/2021

During a recent Tech & Learning district leadership roundtable, educators from around the country came together to discuss learning spaces during remote and hybrid learning. “I just want to put out there the idea of if we even need brick-and-mortar walls,” said Phil Hintz, Director of Student Information, Barrington SD220 in Illinois. “You know, like rethinking the whole idea of a computer lab -- it really shouldn't be a thing anymore, other than possibly for esports or specific STEM lessons -- a lot of that stuff should be in all classrooms. And then as we're moving forward, when building, what is the purpose? Because that has totally exploded into a new realm thanks to this pandemic.”

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3/1/2021

Wild fluctuations help a laser device generate random numbers more quickly than other similar generators, according to findings published in Science. The generator can spew out random numbers at a rate of about 254 trillion in one second, physicists say.

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Science News
3/1/2021

Career and technical education students at Rosman High School in Transylvania County, N.C., recently turned a school bus into a "book bus." The school librarian and welding teacher collaborated on the plan for the Magic Book Bus, which will be ready to support students when summer break begins.

3/1/2021

The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee in a Minnesota school district is urging the district's leaders to work with them to meet recommendations and goals that would improve outcomes for American Indian students. Recommendations include certain data collection and professional development focused on American Indian culture.

3/1/2021

The Clark County School District in Nevada today will resume some in-person learning for preschool through third-grade students. The district is adopting a hybrid schedule, in which students will split their time in the classroom and at home.

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The Associated Press