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8/14/2017

A 13-year-old student in Illinois wrote, directed and edited a short film focused on bullying. The film, "The Bully," was released last year and since then has been viewed about 1 million times on YouTube.

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8/11/2017

Education employees may be putting student data at risk, according to a MediaPro survey that posed hypothetical situations about security and privacy. Of over 900 respondents, 50% received a novice ranking and 18% were considered a risk concerning hypothetical situations involving students' personal data, including social security numbers and contact information.

8/10/2017

Colleges and universities need to revamp the traditional lecture-based instructional models to reach members of Generation Z -- those students born between 1995 and 2010 -- according to research from the University of Hawaii. Jeff Stearns of Honolulu Community College offers five ways he is changing his instruction, including teaching material in small chunks and connecting assignments to students' personal interests.

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8/10/2017

E-Rate funds have helped about 79% of school districts and libraries boost internet speeds, according to a report to be published by Funds For Learning. "While the political climate has shifted, one thing has remained the same: E-rate is vital and will continue to play an indispensable role in connecting schools and communities," Funds for Learning CEO John Harrington said.

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8/8/2017

Educators increasingly are using online platforms to help raise funds for classroom supplies. In this article, several educators share their tips, including Sarah Dill who used an online gift exchange on Reddit to secure technology tools for her classroom, Jenny Abamu writes.

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8/8/2017

Teachers in one Indiana school district are using social media to engage students and model good digital citizenship. Wellness teacher Kelly Agee says she uses Twitter, Snapchat and other apps to note student achievements and connect with parents to foster "a really respectful online culture."

8/8/2017

Teachers in a California school district use a free online platform to help curb summer learning loss in math. In this blog post, the district's Kristi Frankina, shares how the program works and how teachers can use the platform to track students' progress and identify areas where they need additional support.

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8/8/2017

Leaders at one Virginia school district are using various social media apps to keep students and parents updated on school events, policies and projects. Superintendent James Lane encourages teachers to post updates with the hashtag #oneccps, and students occasionally get to take over the Twitter account to tell their stories.

8/8/2017

Open educational resources are helping schools around the US achieve educational equity and improve outcomes, writes Layla Bonnot of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Bonnot tells about districts that are using OER to provide students with up-to-date content or tailoring them for learners with special needs.

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8/7/2017

The creators of the popular Coursera course, "Learning How to Learn," in this article share four techniques to help people learn. The techniques include taking a break after a 25-minute span of focused work and practicing.