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1/17/2019

Verizon has reconsidered a plan to charge fees that would make using the Remind messaging service prohibitive for teachers and parents. The fee change, announced Monday, was reversed Wednesday following criticism from teachers and others on social media.

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1/17/2019

Student loans are undercutting the US housing market by preventing many people ages 24 to 32 from buying, a Federal Reserve study finds. From 2005 to 2014, homeownership in that age range declined to 36% from 45%, according to the study.

1/17/2019

A school in Australia now uses multiscreen classrooms with which students and teachers can wirelessly project. In this commentary, David Soede, director of information and communication technologies at the school, describes the platform and the support needed for the approach to work.

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1/16/2019

Some teachers are using video games to help engage students and boost learning. A Connecticut school district reported some evidence of improved outcomes after students began using DreamBox, a game that helps teach math.

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The Associated Press
1/16/2019

The issues that led to a teachers' strike in Los Angeles Monday are similar to those that sparked protests in Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia last year. The issues include education funding, teacher salaries and the diversion of resources to nonpublic schools.

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West Virginia
1/16/2019

A report finds that online education "has failed to reduce costs and improve outcomes for students," even as it becomes the fastest-growing segment of higher education, particularly at for-profit institutions. Researchers say hybrid models that involve some face-to-face interaction with instructors and other students have fewer problems.

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Inside Higher Ed
1/16/2019

Some colleges are using custom text messages, emails or other communication -- known as "nudges" -- to help keep students on track. Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina found that sending text messages to incoming students helped more of them complete basic tasks that need to be done before they arrive on campus.

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State University
1/16/2019

Dozens of teachers at a Michigan middle school are participating in a program to help them use technology to examine student learning. The grant-funded program is part of a partnership between the school district and Michigan State University and included a recent professional-development session to help teachers design lesson plans.

1/15/2019

There are 11 actions that the country's 20 newly sworn-in governors can take in the near term to benefit education policy, according to a report from the Center for American Progress. They include starting a school infrastructure task force, forming an education funding formula commission, and creating a commission to evaluate and modernize the teaching profession.

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T.H.E. Journal
1/15/2019

Students at a Utah elementary school are learning Mandarin Chinese during weekly lessons conducted with live, online tutors located in places including China and Poland. The goal of the Qiao Qiao Chinese program is not to master the language but to encourage students to connect globally and enhance digital citizenship skills.