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2/19/2018

The Florida school shooting has sparked some debate about whether students are made more -- or less -- safe by carrying cellphones at school. Some say students with the devices can alert others that they are safe when getting to and from school or during an emergency, but others argue that phones can make students less safe during a crisis.

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2/15/2018

Students in a Kansas school district are prohibited from using cellphones in schools, but leaders there say the directive is largely being ignored. The district's superintendent will be asked to review the existing policy.

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2/15/2018

School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.

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2/15/2018

As the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school unfolded Wednesday, students used social media, including Twitter, to share video and images from the scene. The imagery, such as students hiding in classrooms and school equipment damaged by bullets, are powerful scenes, according to this commentary.

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Slate
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2/14/2018

With state legislatures across the country in session, state lawmakers are engaged in active negotiations about how much money they will allocate for K-12 schools and how those funds will be distributed. This analysis considers the many factors that states are considering, including budget pressures and compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

2/14/2018

Netia McCray, an educator and founder of the nonprofit Mbadika, has released a YouTube series for educators to share tips about incorporating the film "Black Panther" into their lesson plans. In this interview, she describes how the project can engage late elementary to middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and math.

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EdSurge
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2/14/2018

Educators in Tulsa, Okla., recently learned about underwater robotics through the US Naval Academy's SeaPerch program. Catalina Vizueth, a seventh-grade science teacher said the training exposed her to scientific concepts and practices she planned to share with her students.

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US Naval Academy
2/14/2018

Many New York school districts are enhancing learning by investing in virtual-reality technology to allow students to observe medical operations or a deep-sea dive. Researchers say virtual field trips can improve student recall, engagement and understanding.

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The Associated Press
2/13/2018

A leadership academy for educators in a Georgia school district used a planning strategy inspired by a UN role-playing exercise. In this commentary, instructional technology specialist Lee Patti discusses the process and how it led to real solutions.

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EdSurge
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2/13/2018

Web-based learning tools may help boost science knowledge among diverse student populations, according to a study published in the International Journal of Science Education. Data from the study of 13 middle schools show gains among English-language learners and students with learning disabilities.

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T.H.E. Journal