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12/9/2019

Students at Montour Elementary School in Pennsylvania are seeing first-hand how artificially intelligent autonomous robots work though the school district's Artificial Intelligence K-12 program. The robot performs delivery tasks and is the first of its kind to be deployed at a school.

12/6/2019

Fewer than 15% of households have broadband subscriptions in the rural Alpaugh Unified School District in California, which makes it difficult for teachers to assign daily homework as well as give assignments over breaks. This analysis looks at home internet rates among all California counties and the implications of lack of access for students in rural areas.

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EdSource
12/5/2019

The recent release of international PISA scores has caused the usual questions about the direction of education in the US. However, Andreas Schelicher, director of education and skills at the OECD -- the organization behind PISA -- urged officials not to look to the results as evidence for a "quick solution, to say, 'Oh, that seems to be working. Let's just copy and paste it.' "

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EdSurge
12/5/2019

There are six ways that educators and others can encourage talented math students from underresourced schools to pursue careers in STEM, writes Jacob Castaneda, executive director of programs in Los Angeles for the nonprofit Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics. His suggestions include involving parents, partnering with outside organizations and enlisting area universities.

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The Hechinger Report
12/5/2019

The Federal Trade Commission should look into how digital media companies target advertisements to children, as well as their child online data collection and storage practices, a letter sent by a group of consumer associations stated. The letter did not mention specific companies, but organizations, such as Amazon and Disney, likely would be included in the review, said Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

12/5/2019

Some parents in a district in California are urging officials to impose stronger limits on the use of smartphones by middle-schoolers. The parents say the current policy -- which leaves the issue to "the discretion and supervision of each classroom teacher" -- puts the burden on teachers when they say it should be dictated by a wider policy that also addresses phone use during lunch, free periods and breaks.

12/5/2019

The US Department of Education will begin testing a chatbot -- named Aidan and represented by a little owl -- on its website to answer more than 800 frequently asked questions. Officials say the effort seeks to make information more accessible to students and their families.

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12/4/2019

The aerospace industry has made some advancements in gender diversity in recent years, but women are still underrepresented in private companies and at agencies such as NASA. The space agency recently found that only 16% of its senior scientists are female, compared with a third of its overall workforce.

12/4/2019

School esports leagues are allowing students with learning differences and English-language learners to do extracurricular activities with their peers in general education. While the gaming culture has a reputation for toxicity, school esports leagues have teachers and coaches on hand to make sure everyone is included.

12/4/2019

Several states will be eying ways to improve equity in education in 2020 by changing their funding formulas. Among them is Ohio, where officials have proposed $2 billion in new state investment in education and a revamp of how the state funds schools.