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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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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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9/18/2018

Shannon Hovis, a fifth-grade teacher at a Missouri school, says she was inspired by posts on Pinterest to adopt flexible seating options for her students. Each Monday, students select a seat to use for that week, with options including space on a sofa, crates, stools and others, which she says allows more room to "wiggle."

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9/18/2018

Project-based learning is the future of special education, asserts Jill Koenemann, a high-school special needs teacher. In this blog post, she shares how she used PBL to teach students about survivors' guilt and offers five best practices to support PBL.

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9/17/2018

US lawmakers in the House and Senate have agreed to increase federal education spending. The deal includes an additional $70 million for career and technical education, a small increase to the maximum Pell Grant amount and $40 million more for charter schools.

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9/17/2018

A school district in Texas has banned students from using their cellphones while on campus, buses or at extracurricular events, saying the devices cause distractions during and after school. Seven other districts, however, are not considering bans, though they have implemented policies aimed at curbing distraction while supporting instructional use.

9/17/2018

A phishing campaign is targeting email accounts of federal financial-aid recipients, according to the US Department of Education. The emails have been received by students at multiple colleges and seek to mine students' personal information and steal their federal student-aid refunds.

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9/17/2018

Some students in the UK will begin playing a socially conscious video game in schools as soon as 2020. Researchers at Huddersfield University say the video game, which includes five 20-minute segments, has the potential to help curb violence and help students learn about healthy relationships.

9/14/2018

School districts nationwide are facing increasing cyberattacks, but many are working to increase their digital security. In one North Carolina school district, officials have begun requiring vendors to sign user data agreements, and in Indianapolis, the district launched an anti-phishing campaign following a ransomware attack.

9/14/2018

Teachers are motivated by four key considerations when they look to make changes to instruction, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The study found that teacher's top motivation was the promise of making things more manageable.

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