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5 ways our district tech enhances student safety – Education Article

We live in a society where student safety and privacy have become core responsibilities for school districts nationwide. They’ve always been there, but with recent tragedies and incidents, the safety factor is more important than ever. The issue is two-pronged: we have to be able to protect our students while they’re on campus (the “physical security” aspect) and also make sure that we’re paying close attention to potential mental health issues. Related content: Schools need interoperability for safety plans This…

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Emotional intelligence is key for students – Education Article

Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Although we know that high intelligence and a conscientious personality are the most important psychological traits necessary for academic success, our research highlights a third factor, emotional intelligence, that may also help students succeed,” said…

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4 ways podcasts help improve student literacy – Education Article

About the Author: Michael Godsey has taught English in central California for 15 years. On the side, he writes about education at www.mikegodsey.com. When they find time, he and his wife publish formal lesson plans for using podcasts (particularly Serial) in the classroom. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Contributor Read Full Article

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#5: 10 things teachers can do today to prepare students for the future – Education Article

About the Author: Dianne Pappafotopoulos is a certified instructional technology specialist and teacher at Dover Sherborn (MA) Public Schools, where she teaches technology/programming courses and assists faculty and staff to integrate technology into the K-12 curriculum. With a masters in education and a combination of teaching, business, and technology experience, Pappafotopoulos is well-versed in the types of resources and pedagogy that work well in the classroom to engage students and enable teachers to feel confident with technology-rich lessons. This is…

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Active shooter prep shouldn’t traumatize students – Education Article

Active shooter incidents in schools, workplaces and public venues erupt, too regularly, as shocking reminders of the vulnerability to violence. Through the first nine months of 2019, a 50 percent increase in mass shootings was reported. Training and preparation for the possibility of an active shooter certainly saves lives. One survivor of the October 2018 Las Vegas massacre reported how such training helped them make it through the sudden chaos of that incident. Related content: 3 tips for effective emergency…

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9 reasons to attend FETC 2020 – Education Article

Educators from around the world are gearing up for the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Miami, Florida, on January 14-17, 2020. What’s more, it’s the 40th anniversary of the conference. Whether you’re a third-grade teacher, an IT director, a special education administrator, or in charge of district innovation, you’ll find plenty to see and do. From sessions and workshops to hands-on demos and an Expo Hall filled with products from more than 400 companies, FETC is a can’t-miss…

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STEM learning should start early, survey says – Education Article

Nearly all Americans (94 percent) say STEM learning creates a love of science and mathematics in children from a young age, according to a new survey. The Brainly survey of 1,000 U.S. students shows that while Americans clearly advocate for STEM learning and see the career advantages it offers, a whopping 83 percent of survey respondents think the U.S. is lagging behind other countries when it comes to STEM in public education and careers. Twenty-six percent of Americans believe it’s…

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The challenges of broadband access in rural schools – Education Article

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But the obstacles aren’t just about location. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place. During the edWebinar “Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why,” presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools. Related content: 7 broadband best practices How do rural schools tackle broadband access? The…

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3 amazing findings about digital and mobile learning – Education Article

In order to support digital and mobile learning, students in K-12 classrooms need access to sufficient bandwidth, scalable and affordable broadband infrastructure, and robust Wi-Fi. And for the most part, they have it. Educators and school IT leaders have worked tirelessly toward this end, and according to the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, 99 percent of school districts across the nation are now on scalable fiber connections with a “clear path” to supplying enough bandwidth for digital and mobile learning in every classroom.…

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How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans – Education Article

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21st century learning or are left behind. And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. Related…

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New Zealand is putting student empowerment at the heart of its data drive – Education Article

New Zealand is a small, some would argue, perfectly formed, country. We’re diverse and proud of it. That diversity is reflected in our education system. Our roughly 5,000 early childhood education providers, 2,500 schools, 30 universities and polytechnics, and more than 400 private training establishments all run relatively autonomously. That autonomy creates a lot of choice for students and their families, as each provider reflects the diversity of its community in both its values and the local curriculum they offer.…

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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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