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11/21/2017

About 20% of students at a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Ohio have signed a pledge vowing to stay off social media websites until the eighth grade. One sixth-grade student gave a practical reason for her decision: "If you don't find out what your best friend's cat is named, the world will still go on. If you don't find out that Kim Kardashian released a new perfume, the world will still go on."

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11/21/2017

Teachers from 38 states who participated in a survey about blended learning offer best practices for this model. Their insights include applying a growth mindset and providing blended-learning resources and examples.

11/21/2017

Eight educators share their views on how artificial intelligence may affect education. Some see potential in tools that can alleviate minutiae from teachers' plates, but others worry it could "deprofessionalize" teachers, Mary Jo Madda writes.

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11/21/2017

A report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has examined the origination fees deducted from student loans. The fees, which have generated $8.1 million in federal revenue over the past five years, are outdated and cumbersome for students, association President Justin Draeger said.

11/21/2017

Online resources are a good way to support cross-curricular instruction, social studies teacher Darren Faust writes. In this blog post, Faust shares how he uses digital tools to connect social studies to science, technology, engineering and math and to nurture critical-thinking skills in his students.

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11/20/2017

Teachers increasingly are tapping digital resources to customize lessons, asserts Matthew Glotzbach, CEO of Quizlet. In this commentary, he shares how bring-your-own-device programs are helping to fuel the macro trend of "unbundling" in education.

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Matthew Glotzbach, Quizlet
11/20/2017

School leaders are working to develop social media policies that balance the positives and negatives of such platforms. Some schools have adopted policies that focus on behavior instead of technology and others have extended protections to cyberbullying.

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11/20/2017

Two lawmakers -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C. -- have introduced legislation that would require college students to pay back Pell Grants if they fail to graduate within six years. The lawmakers say the measure is needed to protect taxpayers, but critics say it could hurt completion rates in the long run.

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11/20/2017

Borrowers who default on student loans risk losing professional licenses or driver's licenses in 20 states. Supporters of the law say borrowers somehow find money when threatened with the loss of a license, but critics say the law is too harsh and cuts off people's ability to fulfill an obligation.

11/20/2017

About 2,500 students from 66 countries competed in the 14th World Robot Olympiad earlier this month. The theme of the competition, held in Costa Rica, was building sustainable robots -- called "Sustainabots."