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9/25/2020

Thirty-one percent of teachers say providing remote instruction is challenging during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by RAND Corporation. Twenty percent reported technology problems, including students who lack internet access or devices.

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9/25/2020

Widespread adoption of remote learning has led some school districts to cancel scheduled snow days, saying learning could continue online in case of inclement weather. Some states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, already have transitioned to virtual learning, rather than closures, on snow days.

9/25/2020

The US ranks 12th in digital infrastructure, according to an analysis of 30 countries by Preply -- falling behind Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxmebourg and others. Analysis show 72% of students in the US have access to a computer at home -- compared to 91.7% in the UK.

9/25/2020

Simple questions can ignite students' thirst for learning, according to Mary Beth Nicklaus, a literacy specialist and sixth-grade teacher in Wisconsin. In this article, Nicklaus writes about the shift to online teaching and her work with one student, whose many questions -- about topics including spiders and the worst blizzard in US history -- demonstrate the power of questions.

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9/25/2020

Eighty-three percent of teachers in a nationally representative Education Week survey said they are somewhat or very willing to work with curriculum resources that are more encompassing of people of color, while 22% of nonwhite teachers and 9% of white teachers said such resources and training have been provided. This article highlights the need for more than resource lists to teach about systemic racism.

9/25/2020

Hall Middle School in California replaced traditional A to F grading with a standards-based model over several years, write Eric Saibel, the school's principal, and Nathan Beach, a social studies teacher. In this blog post, they share four strategies that helped them improve grading, including building consensus slowly and inviting input -- praise and criticism -- publicly.

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9/25/2020

Interruptions on videoconferencing platforms -- called "Zoombombings" or "Zoom raids" -- could be occurring in a majority of school districts, asserts Doug Levin, founder and president of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. This article includes tips to help districts thwart such attempts, including requiring students to display their names and ensure they know they cannot invite outside people to the class.

9/25/2020

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a fixed time limit on foreign student visas of four years, regardless of whether a student needs more time to complete a degree or graduate school, and it would limit students from some African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries to two-year visas. More than 1 million international students in the US make up 5.5% of all higher-education students, adding an estimated $41 billion to the economy.

9/25/2020

A study conducted in the Bay Area of California found that birds' songs changed in speed, pitch and volume as human activity subsided during the pandemic lockdown. Researchers, who published their findings in Science, were able to compare the birds' singing before the shutdown with their singing during it, finding that the songs were quieter, faster and in a different pitch.

9/25/2020

Students enrolled in a construction careers pathway program at a California high school recently worked with a local contractor to build a tiny house trailer. The home will assist people who evacuated their homes due to wildfires.