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12/9/2019

Drawing and doodling can help students retain what they are learning in class, according to Megan Kelly, a teacher in Singapore. In this blog post, Kelly writes about how the approach works and points to research and practices, such as creating an icon bank to symbolize concepts and themes.

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12/9/2019

Students in Metlakatla, Alaska, are helping fish biologists keep track of conditions in salmon streams through NASA's GLOBE program. The local Boys & Girls Club arranges field trips to collect samples and measure data about the streams, giving students a chance to try to solve natural mysteries such as why salmon that spawn during even years have lower rates of return.

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Alaska Public Media
12/9/2019

About 900 middle- and high-school students, comprising 63 teams, competed Saturday in a precursor to the national Science Olympiad competition. Throughout the competition, students engage in hands-on activities, where they learn to communicate and work together toward a shared goal.

12/9/2019

Instagram, among the more popular social media platforms for teenagers, now requires users to share their birth date when signing up -- rather than only affirming they are 13 or older. However, Lisa Hinkelman of the nonprofit Ruling Our Girls, says youths will find a way around such safeguards and suggests that educators and parents focus on educating them about social media.

12/9/2019

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to testify before Congress about the handling of student loans for 29,000 borrowers. The students were defrauded by for-profit colleges and DeVos has been questioned for straying from the previous administration's practice of making the students eligible for loan forgiveness.

12/9/2019

Johns Hopkins University created a Classics Research Lab to provide a social space and physical laboratory where students collaborate on projects such as recreating an author's library online. Classics department chair Shane Butler was inspired to create the lab when he heard students say they felt alone in a STEM-focused, research-oriented campus.

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12/9/2019

Tobacco and tomato plants have been recorded making ultrasonic sounds when they are under stress, according to findings published on preprint server bioRxiv. Microphones near the plants picked up sounds in the ultrasonic range of 20 to 100 kilohertz, and researchers suggest that the type of stress the plants are experiencing can be distinguished by the particular sounds the plants make.

12/9/2019

Students from an Indiana high school recently worked with volunteers to build beds for families in their community. One of the students, Nick Franchville, is enrolled in an industrial manufacturing program, and says the building project offered an opportunity for hands-on experience.

12/9/2019

Marsha Francis of Fulton County Schools in Atlanta was recognized for her leadership in teacher preparation. Francis developed the First STEP program, which pairs teacher-candidates with a high-performing teacher for the entire school year, with both the candidate and cooperating teacher receiving stipends and the candidate getting a guaranteed teaching position after graduation.

12/9/2019

Teachers in early grades may have difficulty identifying the struggling emergent readers in their classes and helping them grasp foundational skills. In this article, Jessica Hamman shares eight methods that research has found effective for emergent readers, including a focus on systematic phonological awareness and consistent use of direct, explicit instructions.

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