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6/19/2018

A recommendation shared on social media that students with special needs in Texas be evacuated last in the event of a school emergency is drawing criticism. The recommendation was not included in a school-safety plan being considered by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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6/18/2018

Accidents, natural disasters and hackers can dismantle schools' networks and destroy valuable data. This article showcases how several school districts responded to network failures and steps they took to get back up and running.

6/18/2018

The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.

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6/15/2018

A student who plans to enroll in Yale University in the fall used welding, carpentry and electrical skills to help design and build an experimental oyster-growing system for his family's business. Mercator Osinski said he learned the skills by watching YouTube videos.

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6/15/2018

People remember information better if they learn it in a virtual environment -- rather than on a desktop computer -- according to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland. Co-author Amitabh Varshney, dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, noted, "This data is exciting in that it suggests that immersive environments could offer new pathways for improved outcomes in education and high-proficiency training."

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6/15/2018

There may be a tendency in makerspaces to view male students as more tech-savvy, according to a report from researchers at Drexel University that found widespread gender bias in makerspaces. Researchers learned male students were more likely to have leadership roles and direct projects.

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6/14/2018

Mesa Community College credits a call campaign partnership with Blackboard for helping to reverse an enrollment decline at the college. Data show that over the course of several calling campaigns, Blackboard contacted 12,247 students, of which 7,584 enrolled at the college.

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6/14/2018

Some parents are concerned that their children are getting too much screen time at school, but Nikki Schafer, a technology integration specialist in a Nebraska school district, writes that "not all screen time is created equal." In this commentary, she shares how her own district helps parents differentiate between screen time for learning and screen time for entertainment.

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6/14/2018

Officials in a Colorado school district are considering a proposal that revises limits on technology use in schools. The proposal gives teachers and school principals some autonomy over classroom use but bans gaming in middle schools and prohibits staff from communicating with students via personal social media accounts.

6/13/2018

Students in Parkland, Fla., who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February are working to keep the memory of the incident alive. One student started a project called Stories Untold, which shares footage from the shooting and advocates for victims of gun violence to tell their own stories.

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