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9/24/2018

More parents are hiring tutors to help improve their children's Fortnite skills. Boosting popularity at school, becoming a teen influencer for gaming companies or receiving an esports college scholarship are among the reasons cited for hiring a tutor.

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9/24/2018

The superintendent of a school district in Texas has resigned following backlash against a racist comment he made on Facebook about Houston Texans' quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lynn Redden, in his resignation letter, apologized to Watson and said he hoped he would be remembered for his education work rather than his inappropriate comments.

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Facebook, Houston Texans
9/21/2018

High-school students with school-issued devices are more likely to email their teachers with questions, take notes in class and collaborate with their classmates, among other tasks, according to results of a survey by the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. Some students said emailing teachers with questions helps alleviate anxiety, Speak Up CEO Julie Evans says.

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9/21/2018

The "Raise the Floor" campaign in Maine wants the state to direct an additional $15 million in state aid to schools. The effort is supported by several towns with higher property values known as "minimum receiver" districts because they receive less aid from the state for schools.

9/21/2018

A majority of teachers participating in a survey said they use academic and nonacademic data to support students. The poll from the Data Quality Campaign show that 57% of teachers say they do not have time during the school day to access or use data.

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eSchool News
9/21/2018

More teachers are using their social media presence to act as paid brand ambassadors for education-technology products, writes Kipp Bentley of the Center for Digital Education. In this commentary, he asserts that these individuals should take steps to preserve their objectivity as educators and that school districts should adopt clear policies governing this practice.

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Government Technology
9/20/2018

Dozens of students from 11 historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions will learn about computer science at Google's headquarters. The Tech Exchange program -- aimed at promoting diversity in the field -- is an expansion of a pilot program Google launched with Howard University.

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EdSurge
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Google, Howard University
9/20/2018

Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.

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Jen Schneider
9/19/2018

Texas school Superintendent Lynn Redden is under review by the school board over a post he made on Facebook about black quarterbacks. Redden says he regrets his comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson -- that "you can't count on a black quarterback."

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Facebook, Texas school
9/19/2018

Communication with parents is a key component of any school technology rollout, asserts Mike Daugherty, director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio -- one of the 12 original Google Reference districts. In this commentary, he shares several strategies his district used to engage and educate parents about the shift, including a newsletter, emails and events.

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