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11/28/2017

An Indiana school district is making history as the first in the state to start a K-12 computer science pathway. In this commentary, Nate Davis, assistant superintendent of schools, describes how the pathway works and how it benefits the community.

11/28/2017

Although 85% of school districts in a CoSN survey have met the Federal Communications Commission's short-term broadband goals, 71% of respondents said they would need to update their entire infrastructure to meet long-term goals set out by the agency. Meanwhile, rural districts reported limited choices for their broadband providers.

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11/28/2017

Teenagers who are bullied may be two times more likely to bring guns and knives to school, compared with those who are not bullied, according to a study published in Pediatrics. The findings also show that weapons were brought to school by 46.4% of bullying victims who said they skipped school, were involved in physical fights, and received physical threats and injuries from their classmates.

11/28/2017

A company based in Seattle has devised a self-driving school bus it says can provide a safer ride to students at a lower cost to districts. However, it is unclear whether parents would trust the model.

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11/27/2017

Blended-learning models have changed the look of learning spaces in three schools featured in a recent white paper. The report highlights common characteristics across the schools, such as leaders' willingness to rethink the look of learning.

11/27/2017

The nonprofit iCivics is releasing a Spanish-language version of the game "Do I Have a Right," which teaches students about civil rights. The organization, which offers 19 free games, was launched by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

11/27/2017

Help your mind detach from work for the day by accomplishing one small task right before you leave the office, such as replying to an email or completing a necessary document. Create a routine that includes shutting down your computer or straightening up your desk to symbolize the end of the day, writes Deborah Bright.

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11/22/2017

In 2016, there were about 1.7 million US home-schooled students, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Among the reasons parents choose to home-school -- many through online providers -- are concern about the school environment and a desire for a nontraditional approach to their child's education.

11/22/2017

Google will donate about $1.3 million to train teachers in the UK in computer science. The grant will help provide free online training and in-person workshops for teachers.

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11/22/2017

Despite optimism about the benefits of open educational resources in K-12 schools, OER has not yet overtaken reliance on traditional textbooks. At issue are that teachers lack the time to piece together free online resources and administrators want full-course curricula that align with state standards, Tara Garcia Mathewson writes.

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