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11/17/2017

On average, young people are on 8.7 social media accounts, according to a survey of more than 350,000 people between ages 16 and 64. The survey also found that Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are popular ways to communicate.

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Bustle
11/16/2017

The Consortium for School Networking is asking the Federal Communications Commission not to walk away from commitments made in 2016 to expand broadband access for low-income families. The FCC is expected today to entertain changes to the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.

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T.H.E. Journal
11/16/2017

A Campus Computing Project report found that 86% of chief academic officers at colleges and universities say digital learning can improve the student experience and boost learning opportunities. However, the officers noted some barriers, including lack of access to devices and no overall plan for campuses to incorporate digital learning.

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Campus Technology
11/15/2017

Researchers at Kansas State University have connected reduced office referrals among students with the use of headsets that claim to measure a user's brain activity. The study involved collecting biometric data for about 20 eighth-graders.

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EdSurge
11/15/2017

Some colleges and universities are developing a new student portfolio, to accompany transcripts, that can better convey the learning outcomes a student has achieved. The portfolios can boost the value of transcripts by helping inform advisement discussions and showing employers the skills a student has earned, says Stanford researcher Helen Chen.

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Campus Technology
11/14/2017

Digital portfolios can help students reflect on learning growth and take pride in their accomplishments, writes Avra Robinson, director of online learning and an instructor for EdTechTeacher. In this blog post, she shares three tools to help students create digital portfolios.

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Edutopia online
11/14/2017

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., have released a report urging the US Education Department to expedite student loan debt-relief requests under the borrower defense rule. The report comes as formal negotiations begin to rewrite the rules meant to protect students from fraudulent practices at colleges and universities.

11/14/2017

More educators are integrating video to support their development, asserts middle-school teacher Andrea Friend. In this blog post, she shares three ways educators can tap the potential of video, including by sharing a videotaped lesson with a colleague.

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SmartBrief/Education
11/14/2017

School leaders in a Maryland district have eased cellphone rules in elementary and middle schools. The changes, which allow elementary students to carry cellphones and middle-school students to use the devices during lunch, have sparked criticism from some.

11/14/2017

The rate of children and adults in the US who drank sugar-sweetened beverages on any given day dropped from 79.7% and 61.5%, respectively, in 2003 to 60.7% and 50% in 2014, researchers reported in the journal Obesity. The findings also showed reduced consumption of 100% fruit juice, especially among teens and those older than 40, while sugary drink intake remained highest among adolescents, blacks and Hispanics.

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