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6/19/2018

Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.

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eSchool News
6/19/2018

Most school districts don't have a policy about what personal information teachers should share with their students, says Julie Underwood, a professor of education law, policy and practice at the University of Wisconsin, but she suggests teachers share age-appropriate information with a pedagogical purpose. This issue has come under scrutiny since a Texas teacher was fired after parents complained it was inappropriate for her to share a photo of her same-sex partner.

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University of Wisconsin
6/19/2018

Lessons in coding can be integrated across the curriculum, asserts Jennifer Passi, an instructional coach at River Ridge Elementary in Austin, Texas. In this blog post, she shares five cross-curricular coding projects.

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SmartBrief/Education
6/19/2018

Educators and counselors in schools nationwide are being called upon to help students affected by the opioid epidemic, even though education funding has been cut and there are fewer counselors to respond to the demand. "I think we expect [...] schools to handle everything. ... Well, they can't do it all," said Chad Napier, prevention and education coordinator for the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in West Virginia and Virginia.

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Politico
6/19/2018

A recommendation shared on social media that students with special needs in Texas be evacuated last in the event of a school emergency is drawing criticism. The recommendation was not included in a school-safety plan being considered by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Texas school, Gov. Greg Abbott
6/18/2018

Accidents, natural disasters and hackers can dismantle schools' networks and destroy valuable data. This article showcases how several school districts responded to network failures and steps they took to get back up and running.

6/18/2018

The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.

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Black Panther
6/15/2018

A student who plans to enroll in Yale University in the fall used welding, carpentry and electrical skills to help design and build an experimental oyster-growing system for his family's business. Mercator Osinski said he learned the skills by watching YouTube videos.

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Yale University, YouTube
6/15/2018

People remember information better if they learn it in a virtual environment -- rather than on a desktop computer -- according to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland. Co-author Amitabh Varshney, dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, noted, "This data is exciting in that it suggests that immersive environments could offer new pathways for improved outcomes in education and high-proficiency training."

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T.H.E. Journal
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UMD, University of Maryland
6/15/2018

There may be a tendency in makerspaces to view male students as more tech-savvy, according to a report from researchers at Drexel University that found widespread gender bias in makerspaces. Researchers learned male students were more likely to have leadership roles and direct projects.

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EdSurge
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Drexel University