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4/18/2017

In this blog post, fifth-grade teacher Billy Spicer shares the "4 M" framework he has adopted to help facilitate reading growth among his students, who use digital devices and an online reading platform. Among other things, the framework entails determining students' reading processes and mentoring.

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4/18/2017

About 95% of high-school and college students use Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, according to a recent survey by Success Communications Group. Data show that Snapchat remains the most popular social media platform among students, and that students are spending about 11 hours each day in front of as many as five different screens.

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Facebook, Instagram
4/18/2017

Technology and social media are helping teachers take a leading role in national policy issues, associate professor Kira Baker-Doyle writes in this commentary. Such networks, she asserts, are more vital than ever during this time of flux in public education.

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4/17/2017

District technology leaders should be proactive in ensuring that digital learning materials are accessible to all, asserts Jean Tower of Needham Public Schools in Massachusetts. This article references some resources designed to help schools ensure digital accessibility, including a toolkit from the Consortium for School Networking that outlines legal requirements and steps to achieving accessibility.

4/17/2017

Data show student arrests and suspensions in New York City costs $746 million annually in city funds, according to a report from the nonprofit Urban Youth Collaborative and The Center for Popular Democracy. The estimated cost was based on city budget data and potential costs associated with students who are suspended or arrested dropping out of school.

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Daily News (New York)
4/17/2017

Faculty, staff and students at colleges and universities are being targeted by more sophisticated email phishing scams, security experts say. Educational institutions can help fight back by informing users how to identify fraudulent emails and when attacks are likely to occur.

4/14/2017

Technology has enormous benefits but can be addictive, authors Ann Myers and Jill Berkowicz write. In this blog post, they share the science behind technology use and offer tips for helping students develop a healthy relationship with technology.

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Ann Myers, Jill Berkowicz
4/14/2017

Elementary-school students in Idaho recently helped build a "food computer," which grows food using climate-controlled boxes operated by a computer. The program helped teach students about planting, gardening and engineering.

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Idaho
4/13/2017

More teachers are earning money by selling their lesson plans online. Teachers who use Teachers Pay Teachers set their own prices for their work, and officials with the site report that some teachers have earned more than $1 million since it first launched.

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The Associated Press
4/13/2017

A sixth-grade social studies teacher in Georgia maintains her own YouTube channel, where she uploads instructional videos that incorporate popular rap songs. Vanessa Ellis writes her own lyrics to the tune of her students' favorite songs, all aligned with topics on state assessments.

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Vanessa Ellis, YouTube, Georgia