Halloween grew out of ancient Celtic traditions around Samhain and was brought to the U.S. by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland. However, the holiday also coincides with All Saints Day on November 1 and was originally called All Hallows Eve. For teachers, there is nothing more terrifying than unengaged students, so bringing your classroom to life, or in this case, to undead-ism, with Halloween lessons and activities can be the perfect treat for the season.
"While still necessary to maintain employee social security numbers for tax and retirement reporting purposes, I believe it is time for schools and school districts to eradicate student social security numbers from both electronic and paper records, if they have not already done so," writes Beverly Miller, former IT Director for the Greeneville City Schools in Greeneville, Tennessee, and current Assistant Director of Schools. "The task may sound simple. However, the reality of accomplishing that feat is complex and must be strategically planned and executed."
Tynker is a web-based platform that helps kids learn to code from a very basic level to more complex projects. As such, it is good for children as young as 5 years old. It uses basic blocks to get started, which teaches them the logic of code, before moving onto actual coding lessons. This is a visually attractive suite that will keep younger minds engaged by using games. Since it's available online, it can be easily accessed from most devices, making it a useful tool for both in the classroom as well as for at-home learning.
Some tudents using income-driven plans to repay their student loans find the systems burdensome, describing them as a "lifetime debt sentence," a study from the Education Trust found. The study, which considered the experiences of Black student borrowers, showed that 72% were enrolled in income-driven plans and some reported payments set so low they didn't cover interest or principal.
Poetry can support social-emotional learning as it connects with students in a profound way, says former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. "Poetry is a free space," he says. "It's your internal free space in your mind, your feelings, the words you use, and you imagine it with images and landscapes. Your heart is boiling or heating up or flaring or volcanically wanting to explode. The poem is there for you; it'll contain that fire." Herrara, who was U.S. Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, will be the keynote speaker at NYC DOE's Beyond Access Forum: Moving Forward Together on November 2. The virtual event, which is open to all educators, will run 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET.
School cyberattacks are on the rise. Between August and September of this year, educational organizations were the target of more than 5.8 million malware attacks, accounting for more than half of all such attacks. While a shift to remote learning during the pandemic may have made some attacks easier, cyber crimes have become more common in general over the past decade, says Conor Phoenix, supervisory special agent for the FBI. Phoenix recently spoke to Tech & Learning about how cyber crimes against schools are conducted and shared tips for safeguarding your school against them.
If you're asking, 'Why can't I print?' then we feel your pain, it can be a frustrating experience to have. Thankfully it's also fairly common that is a good thing as it can mean that the fix is easy enough. While that hope is dangling there, it's worth noting that printers are complicated, both in terms of hardware and software. Why you can't print could be due to simple things such as networking issues, a paper jam, or low toner ink. Or it could be more complicated, such as service is required, there's a physical breakage, or there's a hardware driver problem.
In anticipation of a severe flu season, some universities are requiring flu vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. Though not all colleges are making vaccinations mandatory, many are encourage students and staff to be prepared for the flu, which could be mistaken for the coronavirus.
Catawba College in North Carolina has received an anonymous gift of $200 million, which triples its endowment. The donation, the largest in the school's history, will be used in a variety of ways, including for scholarships, faculty development and strategic initiatives.
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