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9/18/2017

A "shout out" to Washington, D.C., public schools from comedian Dave Chappelle during Sunday night's Emmy Awards caused the hashtag #DCPublicSchools to trend on Twitter. The school system replied with tongue-in-cheek tweets of its own.

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Emmy Awards, Twitter, Dave Chappelle
9/15/2017

Providing K-12 students with technology had little impact on their learning outcomes; however, students did improve their computer proficiency because of the devices, according to a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers said that computer-assisted learning and behavioral interventions showed some promise for increasing academic achievement.

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Campus Technology
9/15/2017

It can be difficult to say "no" to requests for your time in a way that delivers the message without hurting feelings, writes Deborah Grayson Riegel. She outlines 20 ways to gracefully turn down a request, with one example being, "Not this time, but thank you for thinking of me."

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Psychology Today
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Deborah Grayson Riegel
9/14/2017

This blog post highlights several education leaders' biggest worries that keep them up at night. Jim Roberts, superintendent at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana, says students' 24/7 access to each other via digital tools is a concern.

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SmartBrief/Education
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Jim Roberts
9/14/2017

In this podcast, math blogger and Desmos Chief Academic Officer Dan Meyer discusses assumptions surrounding personalized learning. The biggest assumption, he says, is that technology can replace the work of teachers.

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EdSurge
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Dan Meyer
9/13/2017

Glenn Hubbard and Tony O'Brien have overhauled their introductory economics textbook into a new software-type format that includes less text and more video, animations and interactive features, write Allison Schrager and Amy Wang. This article examines how the textbook of the future could be modeled more after this design and sold on a subscription basis.

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Quartz
9/13/2017

More than 65,000 students who have applied for forgiveness of loans used at for-profit colleges may have to wait another six months while the US Education Department revamps its process. The delay is outlined in a court filing by the department in the case of one student who claimed she was defrauded by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges.

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The Associated Press
9/13/2017

As the pace of change in technology quickens, college and university chief information officers must seek new ways to manage risk, leverage data and improve its agility, writes David Hutchins of CDW•G. Leaders also should ensure that staff members have the skills they need to keep up with technology, Hutchins suggests in this commentary.

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EdTech online
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David Hutchins, CDW
9/13/2017

School leaders in areas affected by storms Harvey and Irma used digital tools, including social media, to communicate with students, parents and staff amid outages and closures. The Savannah-Chatham school district used social media channels to send emergency alerts and to share educational websites, including Khan Academy, that students could use while schools were closed.

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social media, Khan Academy, Irma, Harvey
9/12/2017

Rob Waldron, CEO of edtech publisher Curriculum Associates, says he has worked with hundreds of school districts and seen most mistakes that school leaders can make when partnering with an education-technology vendor. In this commentary, he shares 10 tips to help school leaders avoid being ripped off.

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Education Next