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4/15/2021

The US Supreme Court is expected to take up a case later this month focused on a high-school student's profanity-laced Snapchat post that was posted while the student was off campus. The decision, expected by the end of June, could have implications for the future of students' freedom of speech while not on school grounds.

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Education Week
4/15/2021

In a 6-0 vote this week, members of the Michigan State Board of Education adopted a statement to reinforce parents' rights to allow their virtual students to skip federally mandated annual exams if it would mean in-person test-taking. Given increasing coronavirus rates in the state, board members wanted to clarify Michigan Education Department statements to reassure parents that students' health comes first.

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Chalkbeat
4/14/2021

An Oregon school district is using devices adopted by the NFL, MLB and NBA to track close contacts and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Students wear lanyards with the devices, which acknowledge when they are within 6 feet of another device and records that information.

4/14/2021

Several school districts in Minnesota that moved to later start times for middle- and high-school students saw an increase in student GPAs, according to a working paper to be presented to the American Educational Research Association. Other studies have shown physical and emotional benefits of later school start times, but few have made a connection to better achievement, researchers noted.

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K-12 Dive
4/14/2021

Data shows some teachers are considering maintaining at least some level of hybrid or remote instruction after the coronavirus pandemic, according to Carol DeFuria, president and CEO of the nonprofit VHS Learning. In this blog post, DeFuria asserts that educators can build on the success of teachers and leaders in this space to improve these learning approaches going forward.

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SmartBrief/Education
4/14/2021

IT teams have been tasked with a growing list of tasks during the pandemic, as institutions shifted to online learning to keep campus communities safe. This EdScoop Radio piece shows how these shifting roles have helped shore up institutional offerings and keep students connected during these uncertain times.

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AV Network
4/14/2021

As one of the region's finest performance venues, the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College has quickly become a popular cultural resource for the Charlotte Metro area. The 600+ seat proscenium theatre is housed within the Knobloch Campus Center along with the Alvarez College Union, creating a seamless relationship between academics, art, entertainment and college community life.

4/13/2021

Cybercriminals increasingly are targeting US schools, with about 44 attacks reported this school year, according to Allan Liska, a ransomware analyst at Recorded Future, a cybersecurity company. These attacks can be costly -- even for schools that choose not to pay -- and can cause schools to cancel classes.

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NBC News
4/12/2021

A high school in Utah is piloting the use of SchoolPulse, a program that allows students to choose to receive mental health support including via text messages. Creators of the program said they want to reach students in their preferred method of communication -- texting.

4/12/2021

A little bit of gamification can have a profound impact on learners, especially when that learning happens online. Read how research from MIT shows how taking inspiration from gaming can help keep students on the path to academic success.

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AV Network