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1/16/2018

University professors can integrate Wikipedia into classroom lessons using tools and resources provided by Wiki Education's Classroom Program. The resources include free tutorials teaching students how to add and edit content on Wikipedia.

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1/16/2018

School leaders may not need to create new policies and procedures to govern social media use, suggests Tanner Higgin, director of education editorial strategy at Common Sense Education. Instead, he writes in this commentary, social media can be seamlessly included in existing policies in four main ways.

1/16/2018

Nebraska's only public virtual school is evolving in its second year, says principal Wendy Loewenstein. The program offers a hybrid model in which students combine virtual and in-person learning.

1/15/2018

Students at a middle school in Washington state recently decided on questions that would be addressed through a live video link to Mark Vande Hei, a US astronaut on the International Space Station. Students asked about climate change on Earth and food in space.

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Crosscut (Seattle)
1/15/2018

Blockchain technology -- driving cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin -- could have implications for the education sector, according to a recent report from the European Commission's Joint Research Center. The report outlines four ways blockchain technology could affect education, including eliminating the need for paper records and simplifying payment processes.

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Big Think
1/15/2018

Spending on public education in the US rose by 2.8% during the 2014-15 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This marked the second consecutive year of spending increases following the national 2008 recession.

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The Hechinger Report
1/15/2018

Some school leaders in Indiana and Ohio are using solar energy on their campuses. Officials say the option has gained some traction over the past decade as the costs of installing solar panels have decreased by 67%.

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solar panels, solar energy
1/12/2018

Amazon has reopened its Amazon Inspire platform, which allows educators to share and access online educational materials. The platform was temporarily closed because of concerns over copyright infringement.

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EdSurge
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Amazon, copyright infringement
1/11/2018

A research-based algorithm can help to identify and eliminate human bias from the creation of standardized tests, asserts Mark Moulton, whose firm Educational Data Systems designs exams. In this commentary, he writes about how the exams are created, how mistakes can happen and how they can be improved.

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EdSurge
1/11/2018

Title II funding for education could be cut if a proposed bill to fund the federal government through September 2018 is passed, assert Candice McQueen, Tennessee's commissioner of education, and Tony Smith, Illinois' superintendent of education. In this commentary, they promote maintaining Title II funding.

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The Hechinger Report
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Candice McQueen, Tony Smith