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12/12/2017

This blog post includes a roundup of SmartBrief on Education's top tech tips published in 2017. The posts include tips for installing makerspaces, using virtual-reality tools and using open education resources.

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12/12/2017

A school district in California is considering providing students with Wi-Fi hot spots and technology in an effort to eliminate the digital divide among students. The proposed NSD Home Connect Program would be available in the district's five Title I schools.

12/12/2017

Brown University has announced plans to replace student loans in financial aid packages with scholarships that do not have to be repaid. The scholarships -- made possible through an ongoing fundraising campaign -- are aimed at increasing the university's competitiveness and access to higher education.

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12/12/2017

Sixth-grade students in Massachusetts have created a video in which they share the story of their classmate, who has a genetic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy type 4J. The fundraising video has been shared on social media, and students have raised about $500,000 toward their goal of $1 million to go to CMT4J research.

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12/11/2017

Harvard University professor David Malan is experimenting with making his 700-student introductory computer science class more collaborative and equal. His methods include customizing lessons to students' comfort levels, offering a "regret clause" that lets students who cheat confess and having a teaching assistant take lecture notes, so students can concentrate on discussions.

12/11/2017

The journey to coding in a Massachusetts school district began with the Hour of Code, and since has expanded to include a range of activities, asserts technology specialist Joli Boucher. In this commentary, she shares four pillars that can serve as the foundation for expanding coding.

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The Hechinger Report
12/11/2017

A young boy's tearful message about being bullied at school has gone viral. Keaton Jones' message, uploaded to Facebook by his mother, was viewed thousands of times in the span of a few days and prompted responses from celebrities nationwide offering messages of support for the boy and condemnation of bullying.

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Facebook
12/11/2017

The Federal Communications Commission's anticipated decision this week on net neutrality regulations could have implications for college students and researchers, Terry Hartle and Jonathan Fansmith write. Among the outcomes detailed in this commentary are increased student fees and a reduced quality of service for content delivery and academic research.

12/8/2017

The reasons students should learn to code are the same reasons they should learn to write, asserts Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of the programming language Scratch. In this Q&A, Resnick shares his approach for teaching coding and how he envisions teachers participating.

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12/8/2017

Eighth-graders in a social studies class at an Illinois middle school took the lead in creating a virtual memorial honoring local veterans. Since its launch in 2014, more than 200 students have worked on the database, which features images and details about the vets.

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