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6/15/2018

There may be a tendency in makerspaces to view male students as more tech-savvy, according to a report from researchers at Drexel University that found widespread gender bias in makerspaces. Researchers learned male students were more likely to have leadership roles and direct projects.

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6/14/2018

Mesa Community College credits a call campaign partnership with Blackboard for helping to reverse an enrollment decline at the college. Data show that over the course of several calling campaigns, Blackboard contacted 12,247 students, of which 7,584 enrolled at the college.

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6/14/2018

Some parents are concerned that their children are getting too much screen time at school, but Nikki Schafer, a technology integration specialist in a Nebraska school district, writes that "not all screen time is created equal." In this commentary, she shares how her own district helps parents differentiate between screen time for learning and screen time for entertainment.

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6/14/2018

Officials in a Colorado school district are considering a proposal that revises limits on technology use in schools. The proposal gives teachers and school principals some autonomy over classroom use but bans gaming in middle schools and prohibits staff from communicating with students via personal social media accounts.

6/13/2018

Students in Parkland, Fla., who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February are working to keep the memory of the incident alive. One student started a project called Stories Untold, which shares footage from the shooting and advocates for victims of gun violence to tell their own stories.

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6/13/2018

Sales of Chromebooks, tablets and other devices to US schools increased by 10%, compared with the first quarter of last year, according to a report from the British consulting and research firm Futuresource. Google Chrome-based operating systems currently account for 56% of those shipped in the first quarter of 2018, the data show.

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6/13/2018

Chicago Public Schools is the latest district planning to adopt a geospatial thinking and technology program for high-school students to earn college credits. The program -- a partnership with James Madison University -- began in Virginia in 2005 and now is in 23 schools in the state.

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6/12/2018

The Southern New Hampshire University College for America is testing issuing digital diplomas along with traditional paper diplomas. The digital diplomas, Blockcerts, use blockchain technology.

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6/12/2018

A review of police reports from 15 high schools in South Carolina found that about one-third of the reports involved serious issues with students and their cellphones, laptops or social media. Students attacking teachers over confiscated devices, watching illegal material on school-owned devices and posting threats on social media were among the issues reported.

6/12/2018

Students who are reluctant readers or who have special needs could be more engaged by learning to code first, asserts Kristen Brooks, a K-5 iPad lab teacher in Georgia. In this blog post, she suggests that coding can help students develop the skills to learn how to read and shares several suggestions to help integrate coding in the classroom.

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