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7/30/2021

Susan Shapiro, an assistant professor at the Touro College Graduate School of Education, offers five tips to help support teaching and learning in the 2021-22 school year. In this commentary, Shapiro offers ideas for teachers, including to allow time for socializing when dividing students into small groups and recognizing that learning took a step back during the pandemic.

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T.H.E. Journal
7/30/2021

The WeTeachAlabama broadcast and social media campaign aims to address state's teacher shortage by attracting the next generation of teachers and helping others get or maintain certification, says Eric Mackey, the executive director at School Superintendents of Alabama. The state also is working to fill 3,000 vacant math and science teaching positions by providing these educators with a $20,000 salary bump.

7/29/2021

Beginning in the fall, some high-school students in low-income school districts will be able to enroll in free cloud computing courses for college credit. The courses are available through Amazon Web Services and the nonprofit National Education Equity Lab, and students are eligible to earn AWS certification.

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Higher Ed Dive
7/29/2021

Teachers and parents may want to evaluate how they view social media when it comes to youth, according to Rick Hess, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the think tank’s Education Policy Studies. In this commentary, Hess asserts that social media can be valuable, but that students need to be better equipped and trained to navigate its complexities.

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7/28/2021

Students will benefit long-term from knowing at least basic coding skills, according to Kimberly Griggs, CTE engineering and advanced manufacturing and information and communications facilitator at Everett Public Schools. In this commentary, Griggs shares five reasons the district has prioritized coding and robotics, including enthusiasm among students and STEM engagement among female students.

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eSchool News
7/28/2021

School districts that purchased laptops, tablets and other connected devices can benefit from using buyback programs, former Apple educational consultant Paula Currie says in this interview. Currie answers questions about buyback concerns, guarantees and the best times of year to participate in buyback programs.

7/28/2021

State budget constraints and spending obligations complicate the school district budget in Derry, N.H., and make explaining the budget more challenging, writes Erika Cohen, school board chair. In this commentary, Cohen describes the pressures to meet the board's goal of providing the best possible education -- and an equitable one as well.

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Chalkbeat
7/28/2021

Legislation in some states is seeking to limit conversations about race and racism in schools, but educators say those same conversations increasingly are taking place on social media -- including TikTok. Some who produce such content for TikTok say the attention on critical race theory actually has driven more viewers to their videos.

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EdSurge
7/27/2021

Some high-school students in a California school district worked to repair the district's Chromebooks this summer as part of a new internship program that supports the district's technology team. The 40 students visited campuses throughout the district to repair, refurbish and inventory the devices in time for the next school year.

7/27/2021

A lack of interaction with faculty, inconsistent course standards and long turnaround on test scores and grades are among the reasons colleges should avoid outsourcing online learning programs, writes Nora Carrol, owner of adult-education consultancy Educative. Carrol asserts that institutions can monitor quality and better serve students by working to build their own online programs.

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