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12/12/2017

This blog post includes a roundup of SmartBrief on Education's top tech tips published in 2017. The posts include tips for installing makerspaces, using virtual-reality tools and using open education resources.

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Virtual reality
12/12/2017

Students enrolled in a prekindergarten program may be more likely to outperform peers in later grades, according to a study by researchers at Georgetown University. Data show such students were less likely to repeat a grade and were more likely to enroll in advanced programs.

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Georgetown University
12/12/2017

US Census Bureau officials have started tracking languages among people who speak Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil at home. The inclusion of these languages will document the languages used and where populations of the speakers are living in the US.

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Census Bureau
12/12/2017

Never underestimating students is school librarian and makerspace facilitator Robin Glugatch's greatest takeaway from 2017. In this article, Glugatch and media specialist Andy Plemmons share lessons learned this year and what they expect next year.

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Andy Plemmons
12/12/2017

Students who are homeless or who have experienced homelessness may lag behind peers in reading and math for years afterward, according to a study from the Education Trust-New York. Data show the proficiency gap is 20% in some cases.

12/12/2017

Should school IT departments strive to become obsolete? Nate Green, technology integration and information specialist at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va., says "yes." In this commentary, he offers ways to boost teacher excitement and collaboration around technology.

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EdSurge
12/12/2017

The Chicago nonprofit Options for Youth has organized a program for teenagers aimed at curbing violence by redefining what it means to be masculine. The "What's Up With Manhood?" program is being piloted among 30 high-school boys.

12/12/2017

The US Department of Education should restart actions related to student loan forgiveness for those defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General. Liz Hill, the department's press secretary, said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is aiming to "provide fair relief to defrauded students, and also protect taxpayers."

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The Associated Press
12/12/2017

Lack of sufficient funding, expertise and staffing are common hurdles to implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, assert 45 state chiefs who participated in a survey by the Center on Education Policy. Staffing cuts topped the list of obstacles for the majority of state chiefs.

12/12/2017

More teenagers are sleeping fewer than seven hours per night -- a trend psychologist Jean Twenge attributes to increased screen time. In a recent study, Twenge found a dramatic rise between 2009 and 2015 in the number of teens sleeping less and logging more screen time.

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Science News