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8/2/2021

During the 2020-21 school year, non-COVID respiratory viruses were mercifully mostly absent. But with more aspects of society opening up and some districts choosing to forgo masks despite CDC's recommendation for universal masking in school settings, the potential exists for other viruses to come back strong alongside the Delta variant this school year. "We had incredibly low rates of influenza, and other diseases caused by pathogens other than SARS-CoV-2. Those are all going to come back, and they may come back with a vengeance," says Dr. Albert Ko, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health.

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Tech & Learning
8/2/2021

Sure, you might already have a camera in your laptop or smartphone, but those little pinhole cameras can't compete with a dedicated webcam for sheer quality of visual performance. A larger camera has a bigger lens that allows more light to hit the sensor which equates to a clearer image. From 720p to 1080p right up to 4K, there are lots of resolution quality options. While the lower end can be fine, if you want to scale, perhaps to display the video on a large screen, then high resolution quality can help.

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Tech & Learning
8/2/2021

Socrative is an online platform designed to enhance student and teacher digital communications. It does this by offering a questions and answers learning system that can be created by teachers for a bespoke tool.The idea is to take quizzing online, for remote learning and for a paper-free classroom. But, crucially, this also makes the feedback and marking near instant, which saves teacher time while also making progress faster for learning.

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8/2/2021

A new report from the Center for American Progress on guns on college campuses urges Congress to take more of a role in regulating campus carry laws, with about 10 states now allowing the practice. The report also recommends annually publishing information about campus crimes and guns.

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Inside Higher Ed
8/2/2021

About two-thirds of undergraduate schools no longer require SAT and ACT tests for admission, a practice that accelerated during the pandemic, according to data from FairTest. New studies are finding that diversity is improving at these schools without sacrificing the quality of students.

8/2/2021

The NCAA's Board of Governors will meet in November at a "special constitutional convention" to discuss its role in college sports and "to propose dramatic changes" to the organization's constitution. The convention was called as major changes are occurring in the college sports scene with student athletes gaining the right to market themselves and universities changing conferences.

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CBS Sports
7/30/2021

President Joe Biden called on college students to keep campuses are safe from the coronavirus and the threat of abuse and assault. Speaking at the It's On Us summit, Biden urged the students to be mindful and responsible in their own behavior.

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CNN
7/30/2021

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and preparations for the upcoming school year are within close reach. With the impending return to in-person learning for many, continued online learning for others, and even dual audience learning for some, now is the perfect time to re-imagine, re-envision, and re-think how we leverage edtech for teaching and learning in our new educational landscapes. Dozens of interesting edtech books offer useful content that we can all leverage in some capacity. To support your professional learning journey, start with this list of fantastic edtech books that every new and seasoned K-12 teacher, from all academic subject areas and grade levels, should read.

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Tech & Learning
7/30/2021

The North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is expanding its presence to India by partnering with Eduent Catalysts Pvt. Ltd. "By the end of the year, India will have 628 million gamers, and it is the fastest-growing esports market in the world," says Ravneet Gill, founder and CEO of Eduent, an India-based organization that works with schools to build an educational foundation for esports. "Of the next 1 billion new internet users that will come on stream, 62 million of those will be in India. So you have a young population, you have internet connectivity that's going through the roof, and you have youngsters who are technologically very comfortable."

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7/30/2021

The best Chromebooks for schools help digitize the classroom without overcomplicating it. A Chromebook can make education better for students and teachers by keeping everything simple while also being priced affordably for school and district. Chromebooks do the data crunching and storage mostly in the cloud, so the devices are lightweight and have batteries that will keep going right to that last bell. It's also part of why the prices can be kept so low when compared to a traditional laptop.

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