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9/25/2018

Collaborative group work may help support students' individual needs, according to a study of about 900 high-school students by the American Institutes for Research. Kristina Zeiser, a senior researcher at AIR, said their findings show that students who experienced more collaboration also "experienced a greater degree of personalization in their learning."

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9/25/2018

Fred Rogers' "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" offers a model for social and emotional learning, some educators and experts say. Melissa Schlinger, a vice president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, says "Mister Rogers" was unafraid to discuss emotions, while Peter DeWitt, an author and former principal, says the idea that students should have a voice was validated by the show.

9/25/2018

A Canada-based group is seeking to create a Farsi second-language program in British Columbia schools. The group also wants Farsi added to the list of approved second languages taught to students in grades five through eight.

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9/25/2018

Blended learning has the potential to transform the classroom, asserts John McCarthy, an education consultant. In this blog post, he shares four ways to use technology in blended learning: managed learning, orchestrated learning, collaborative learning and authentic learning.

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9/25/2018

States may be neglecting students with disabilities, English-language learners and racial minorities in their Every Student Succeeds Act implementation plans, according to an analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Its review of all ESSA plans in all states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, finds only 17 states integrate the performance of these vulnerable students into their ratings systems.

9/25/2018

Two groups of Vermont students are learning cross-curricular lessons by building a house with Habitat for Humanity. Students previously built sheds to hone their skills and are expected to build another house in the same neighborhood later this year.

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9/25/2018

Schools worldwide should reconsider their efforts to ban smartphones from the classroom, writes Pasi Sahlberg, former director general at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and current professor of education policy at Australia's University of New South Wales in Sydney. In this commentary, Sahlberg asserts that students should be taught how to use their devices responsibly instead of just banning them.

9/25/2018

The nonprofit Khan Academy is offering maths and science content in multiple languages to expand its presence in India. Sandeep Bapna, managing director, Khan Academy India, said the academy's YouTube channel has grown about 300% since it added videos in conversational Hindi in June.

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9/25/2018

School leaders should use third-party research findings to evaluate education-technology tools, writes Mark Henderson, a high-school assistant principal. In this blog post, he offers the vetting process his own district used when it adopted technology to support small-group learning.

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Mark Henderson
9/25/2018

About 1 out of every 3 students say they were bullied during the 2017-18 school year, compared with 1 out of 4 the school year prior, according to the nonprofit YouthTruth Student Survey. They polled 160,000 students in 27 states and found slight differences in reports about bullying among white and black students.

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