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10/25/2021

Gradual release of responsibility should include a shared responsibility for learning between teachers and students, according to Sunday Cummins, an author, literacy consultant and former teacher, and Julie Webb, a consultant and National Board Certified Teacher. In this blog post, they share how to make GRR a part of classroom lessons, with teachers facilitating learning and while each student takes on the role of "agent of learning."

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MiddleWeb
10/25/2021

There are three technology tools that can help teachers improve reading instruction, according to Megan Allen, founder of the Community Classroom and a National Board Certified Teacher. In this article, Allen writes about the tools, including the recording function on phones and tablets is useful for audio-journaling and feedback, as well as Pixar Shorts that support literacy learning through brief movies without dialogue.

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Edutopia
10/25/2021

Many factors may have affected state test results in the previous school year -- some of which may make the results meaningless -- experts say. This article examines testing during the pandemic and suggests three considerations about testing data: whether students took exams remotely, whether new tests were used and how many students -- and which ones -- took the exams.

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Education Week
10/25/2021

Not all students are digitally literate just because they are growing up in a digital age, says Aigner Picou, a program director at the Learning Agency Lab. Picou says technology must be engaging and user-friendly.

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Learning Agency Lab
10/25/2021

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.

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Tech & Learning
10/25/2021

"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."

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Tech & Learning
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Beverly Miller
10/25/2021

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.

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Tech & Learning
10/25/2021

Argelia Rodriguez, president and chief executive of the District of Columbia College Access Program, will step down as head of the nonprofit organization at the end of the school year. During Rodriguez's tenure, D.C. students' college enrollment rose from fewer than one-third to about two-thirds.

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Rodriguez
10/25/2021

Ransomware attacks are happening more often now, and both teachers and parents need to take some steps to protect student data, writes Rob Cataldo, managing director, North America, at Kaspersky, a cybersecurity and digital privacy company. Talking to students about staying safe online, such as making different passwords and making sure to never open suspicious attachments, is key, Cataldo writes.

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eSchool News
10/25/2021

In a recent report, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education advocated for adjusting the funding formula for Tennessee schools, moving it from a resource-based system to a student-based system, weighted toward student needs. The latter system would allocate more dollars to support students with disabilities, English learners and those from low-income backgrounds.