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11/25/2020

The use of students' academic and attendance data in a Florida district to predict whether they might commit crimes later in life is drawing scrutiny. Law enforcement officials say the data, which has not been shared with the roughly 400 students identified, is used to target students who need additional support and mentorship, but experts say it could be illegal.

11/25/2020

"Friendly Fridays" were a tradition in the elementary-school classroom of Elizabeth Peterson, who continues the activities to build community in her remote classroom. In this article, Peterson writes that the activities are part of SEAL (Social-Emotional Artistic Learning), and shares ways to incorporate the approach while teaching online, such as writing kind messages in an online chat box or posting a drawing or other creation to make others smile.

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Edutopia
11/25/2020

Students in a Wisconsin middle school have created the first video episode of Teen Press, in which they interview Soren Staff, lead singer of Them Coulee Boys. The eight students participating in the journalism program do all of the planning, interviewing and production for the episodes that are posted on Facebook, says Stephanie Hein, a English-language arts and social studies teacher.

11/25/2020

Teaching in the aftermath of the election earlier this month has no comparison to the past, says Bill Polasky, a high-school social studies teacher in Illinois. Polasky, among other teachers commenting in this blog post, shares that the situation has brought up bigger questions for students to explore regarding elections and what defines a democratic republic.

11/25/2020

The Parabola Project has worked with some schools that have reopened to in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic and found that the students largely follow safety rules and guidance because they want to remain in school, writes columnist Jin-Soo Huh. In cases where students are noncompliant, "[w]e are not messing around," says Josh Otlin, a high-school principal who recalls sending home a student who was not wearing a mask.

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EdSurge
11/25/2020

With promising coronavirus vaccines expected soon, teachers and other school employees in many cases are looking to be included in the list of essential workers to receive the first doses. K-12 leaders, including the American Federation of Teachers, have advocated for teachers to be among the first to get vaccinated.

11/25/2020

A number of colleges and universities are planning to expand COVID-19 testing when students return in the spring after experiencing outbreaks during the fall semester. Some schools, including the University of North Carolina System, will also require students to be tested for the coronavirus before returning to campus.

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Education Dive
11/25/2020

Just in time for Black Friday! The best headphones for teachers in remote learning situations can make a huge difference to the quality of a lesson. From being more clearly heard, to hearing more clearly yourself and, of course, remaining comfortable for long periods of time - there are many factors to consider.

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Tech & Learning
11/25/2020

Now is the time for librarians to lead, and leadership takes strategy and courage, according to Shannon McClintock Miller, District Teacher Librarian and Innovation Director, Van Meter Community School District in Iowa. During the recent NYC DOE "Beyond Access" virtual forum, Miller shared advocacy and branding strategies designed to empower librarians to develop their own library stories, goals, and visions.

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11/25/2020

Buncee is a slideshow system designed specifically for educators, students, and administrators. It allows users to create presentations by adding Buncees, which are essentially slides. The end result can be a multimedia presentation board that's easy to share, making it ideal for both in-classroom use and remote learning.

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