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4/3/2020

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires schools to report certain postsecondary data publicly -- to the extent possible -- but states are interpreting that guidance differently. For example, 32 states include college-enrollment rates on school report cards, and 16 of these states break down data by student subgroup.

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4/3/2020

Smartphones are not adequate substitutes for laptops and wired desktop devices, according to research from Michigan State University’s Quello Center for the study of public policy. Students who rely on cell phones for learning fare the same or worse on assessments than those with no connectivity, the research finds.

4/3/2020

A rapid, forced shift to remote learning can limit human connection and curb collaboration -- but it doesn't have to, according to National Board Certified Teacher Paul France. In this blog post, France shares three strategies to help humanize digital learning, such as establishing opportunities for dialogue and encouraging self-reflection by students.

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4/3/2020

Teachers at a Texas middle school have been assembling materials for remote education to keep students engaged through the school's coronavirus-related closure, which is scheduled to end May 4 unless it is extended. Teachers say these materials involve a range of media, including video lectures, slide decks, and immersive "web quest" websites highlighting study materials, such as a graphic novel that tells the story of explorers Lewis and Clark.

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4/3/2020

The rapid shift to remote learning has revealed three key concerns that need to be resolved, writes Torrey Trust, an associate professor of learning technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this commentary, she shares concerns over accessibility, the digital divide as well as privacy and student data.

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EdSurge
4/3/2020

Every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education, have received waivers from the US Department of Education from statewide testing this year. The department will send formal waiver approval notices to the states.

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4/3/2020

As college students are managing many disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, many in Arizona and across the US are requesting their schools switch to a pass/fail grading system. Students say the change would also alleviate inequities for those from less privileged backgrounds who might not have the same resources and living conditions as other classmates and might have difficulty achieving the same grades while at home with family.

4/3/2020

Subtle facial movements indicating a number of emotions have been detected in mice by machine learning tools that may help researchers learn more about how animals convey emotions, according to findings published in Science. Researchers used high-speed cameras to capture the mice's expressions as they were given experiences meant to spark emotions such as pleasure, pain, disgust and fear.

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Science News
4/3/2020

Culinary students at a Minnesota high school learned culinary, business and other skills by planning to operate a food truck business. The project had students planning menus, creating marketing campaigns and budgeting for business costs, although the coronavirus pandemic affected plans for them to participate in a final event.

4/3/2020

Crest Middle School chorus teacher Julia DeSerio is leading daily singalongs via Google Hangouts for students during the school's closure, sharing lyrics and accompanying students on piano. The N.C. teacher has moved away from sheet music and turned to pop songs about positivity.