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We need to put robotics in rural schools – Education Article

Rural schools in the United States face challenges many of their suburban counterparts couldn’t fathom. For example, access to challenging and engaging STEM courses such as robotics and coding is not as prevalent in rural schools as it is in larger districts. But one district is aiming to make it easier for students to access robotics in rural schools. “Out of the Loop,” a 2018 report from The National School Boards Association Center for Public Education, notes that “rural students…

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3 key parts of a K-12 coding or robotics program – Education Article

K-12 teachers and administrators have been listening to policy makers and industry leaders warn of the need for computer science instruction, such as a coding or robotics program, in U.S. schools for years. And the evidence they cite is compelling. For instance… Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. estimates there will be 50 million new technology jobs created by 2030 as automation transforms the workforce. While artificial intelligence and robotics will change or eliminate many jobs, McKinsey says, these…

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Arkansas turns to VR for new education program – Education Article

Arkansas is using virtual reality (VR) to provide concussion education to every public junior high and high school in the state. During Computer Science Education Week in December 2018, the Arkansas Department of Education announced the statewide launch of CrashCourse, a video education tool that highlights the signs and symptoms of concussions, as well as the long-term effects. The goal is to educate students–primarily student athletes–of the effects, so they’ll better identify the symptoms and quickly receive proper medical care.…

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5 steps to closing the homework gap – Education Article

Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning–especially when it comes to closing the homework gap. All students need to have the same access to WiFi, and thus the ability to use the device, whether they are at school or not.…

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4 strategies to close the digital equity gap – Education Article

According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007), the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.” With that in mind, school leaders are working to strategically close the digital equity gap. In a recent edWebinar, Sarah Thomas, educator and founder of the EduMatch movement; Nicol Howard, assistant professor in the School of Education at University of Redlands (CA); and Regina Schaffer,…

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Teachers: Empower your students and help them prepare for the future – Education Article

Here are some of eSN’s most popular articles for teachers over the past month: 1. 10 things I do to boost my students’ self-esteem Try any (or all!) of these strategies to make students feel safe, cared for, and loved 2. 4 ways I make learning fun in the classroom From playing games to giving choices, this middle school teacher shares how she engages her students 3. How can educators support the parents of students with anxiety? Schools must find…

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5 ways residency programs boost teacher preparation – Education Article

Across the country, residency programs are growing in popularity to help address teacher shortages and in teacher preparation. These programs provide alternative licensure for educators who are often changing careers to work in high-need schools–particularly in rural communities–and in hard-to-fill subject areas. While some larger districts may run their own residencies, there are programs, such as the Boettcher Teacher Residency at Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), that work with districts of all sizes to support this type of teacher…

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7 new online education trends – Education Article

Career and employment goals continue to be one of the top reasons students pursue online education, according to an annual report recapping higher-ed online education trends. As higher-ed models change according to student needs, what proves successful in higher ed could make for promising models in K-12. A full 69 percent of surveyed online students say employment is their primary goal for enrolling in an online education program, according to the Online Education Trends Report from BestColleges.com. Related: 7 myths…

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12 teamwork activities and tools for students – Education Article

Building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as teamwork requires face-to-face interaction, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are teamwork activities and tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home. Besides doing your share, teamwork is working respectfully and effectively within a group. While some tools focus specifically on teamwork, the websites and apps that you use daily (in all subjects) can be used to promote…

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4 ways to identify and support your struggling teachers – Education Article

When you’re happy, you’re better at your job. As a principal, I want to make my school a happy place, but it’s not just about making work more fun. It’s about creating an environment where teachers feel fulfilled in their hearts so they can give more of themselves to their kids. As a leader, I model and live out the 7 Mindsets, which our school follows. “The time is now,” is an important one right now. To me, that means…

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3 ways our school is fighting back against trauma – Education Article

About the Author: Dr. Michael Gaskell has been principal of Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, N.J. since 2006, following experience as a special educator and assistant principal in Paramus, NJ. Gaskell achieved his doctorate in educational leadership in 2014 and continues to model the pursuit of lifelong learning as he serves as a mentor to new principals in other schools through the NJEA Leaders to Leaders program. In his work as a principal, he works tirelessly to support instructional…

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7 programs that are transforming education – Education Article

Innovative tools and strategies are transforming education, and the best educators recognize this growing trend and harness it to benefit their students. Fuel Education’s Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming education, the way teachers teach, and how students learn. The awards highlight seven exemplary programs from Fuel Education’s partner school districts. Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic…

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3 things to know about school network security – Education Article

Cyber attacks account for more than half of all incidents in education–all the more reason why school network security should be a top priority for IT leaders, according to a new report. Education is still one of the sectors most at-risk for data breaches, as the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report details. “Education continues to be plagued by errors, social engineering, and inadequately secured email credentials,” it notes. “With regard to incidents, DoS attacks account for over half of…

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10 reasons school librarians are more important than ever – Education Article

Without question, some of the most important members of the school community are the school librarians. Also known as library media specialists, school librarians play a unique role in our schools. Often asked to take on a wide range of duties, these passionate and savvy educators deserve more than only a week of praise. And in case you need a reminder of all that school librarians do for our students and our schools, we’ve put together a list–but it’s only…

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3 ways to find time for personalized learning – Education Article

When schools think about incorporating personalized learning, it may seem intuitive to consider resources like specific technologies or professional development plans. But there’s another critical resource that too often gets discounted but is hiding in plain sight: time. Although schools may manage to add more time on the margins with a “just do more” mindset, personalizing learning at scale will require a massive rethinking of how schools use time, alongside pursuing new strategies that can save time. Related: Taking personalized…

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4 strategies for boosting creativity in education – Education Article

Creativity in education is more important than ever in the innovation age, where it’s not so much what we know but how we use what we know. At San Lorenzo Unified School District, our 12-hour teacher tech academies are centered on the 4 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. I ask teachers to introduce themselves by stating their name, site, grade or subject and the “C” that is of greatest interest to them. Invariably, a good percentage choose creativity.…

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