Maori language used in thrash metal band's music | Dual-language students underrepresented in pre-K | 3 tips for classroom-device management
October 19, 2017
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Maori language used in thrash metal band's music
Maori language used in thrash metal band's music
A New Zealand thrash metal rock band is among music groups using the Maori language and history in songs. Lewis de Jong, one of a group of teenagers fluent in Maori who make up the band Alien Weaponry, says the music "helps us bring light to some unjust actions in the past."
The Atlantic online (10/19) 
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Dual-language students underrepresented in pre-K
Students with at least one parent at home who speaks a language other than English are less likely to enroll in prekindergarten programs in California, according to a state-by-state analysis from the Migration Policy Institute. Researchers say these students most likely would benefit from such programs.
EdSource (10/18) 
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Tools to Encourage More Student Communication
According to a director of foreign language education in NY, "Using SANSSpace LIVE technology, teachers and students can communicate and work together in real time or asynchronously. The built-in, virtual language recorder gives our students more time to speak, listen, and self-evaluate." You too can boost speaking & confidence. I want more information.
Technology & Trends
3 tips for classroom-device management
Mobile devices can be an asset in the classroom when managed properly, asserts Charri Stratton, director of instructional technology at Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City. In this blog post, Stratton shares three tips to help make the most of these devices.
SmartBrief/Education (10/17) 
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Students learn one year of French in just two weeks!
Bon Voyage French School offers an immersion program for teens at CAVILAM in Vichy, France every August. Students live with host families, attend intensive French language courses taught in the FLE method, and attend organized cultural activities and excursions around the Auvergne region. Learn more.
Policy Watch
States adopt alternative teaching credentials
States adopt alternative teaching credentials
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More states are offering educators alternative credentialing programs to address a nationwide teacher shortage. In Michigan and South Carolina, for example, teachers can begin working in the classroom while earning their certification online.
District Administration magazine online (10/18) 
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Other News
Reading is a critical life skill that provides us with enjoyment, edification and education. When students embrace reading they boost literacy, improve learning and knowledge, and prepare for the workforce. In this SmartFocus on Student Reading, veteran educators offer tips to help your students get more from reading.
Research Notes
How are teens influenced by social media?
How are teens influenced by social media?
Instagram (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)
Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
Science News for Students (10/17) 
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Downside of praising intelligence found in study
Young students praised for intelligence may be more likely to cheat, according to a study of 3- and 5-year-old students in China. Researchers say that praise may place more pressure on students to succeed, leading some to cheat in school.
Edutopia online (10/18) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
ACTFL releases remaining AAPPL topics for 2018
The remaining ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics have been released. Review the full list of 2018 AAPPL topics for Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai on the website.
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Educators Rising: Recruiting world language teachers
ACTFL hopes to address the teacher shortage and strengthen the student-to-teacher pipeline through a new program: Educators Rising. Five ready-to-use online modules provide all the materials you need for starting a conversation with your students: a teacher checklist, inspirational videos, ready-made presentations, articles, discussion topics and more that will keep your students engaged. Read on.
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