Minn. students do study-abroad program -- at home | Utah students present bilingual "Wizard of Oz" | Researcher studies numberless languages, cultures
April 27, 2017
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Minn. students do study-abroad program -- at home
Minn. students do study-abroad program -- at home
Students at a Minneapolis school are learning about cultural diversity within their community by participating in the school's City Stay program, which aims to make cross-cultural experiences accessible to more students. Students spend a week living with Hmong, Hispanic or Somali host families to better understand their lives and cultures, without ever leaving the city.
PRI (4/24) 
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Utah students present bilingual "Wizard of Oz"
Students at a Utah elementary school recently held a production of "The Wizard of Oz" in English and Spanish. The bilingual musical was the first of its kind at the school, which is home to one of four dual-language-immersion magnet programs in the district.
Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (4/25) 
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Are you ready for the new AP® Testing requirements?
As of May 2017, digital recording technology will be used for AP® World Language and Culture exams. The SmartClass+ digital language lab platform has integral support for AP® Testing and is fully compliant with the College Board guidelines for recording format and on-line response submission. Can we help you get ready? Contact us for more information.
Technology & Trends
How to prepare teachers for future of edtech
How to prepare teachers for future of edtech
A four-step process can help teachers determine the effectiveness of education technology, asserts education professor Candace Roberts. In this commentary, she shares the process, noting that such practices can help prepare teachers for technology that does not yet exist.
The Hechinger Report (4/24) 
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Policy Watch
Trump orders report on federal role in education
Trump orders report on federal role in education
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has 300 days to submit a report on the federal government's role in education policy. The directive comes under an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/26),  CNN (4/26),  NBC News (4/26),  Reuters (4/26) 
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Global Competence
Md. students train teachers on Sikhism
Some Maryland teachers are learning about Sikhism from students who organize free educational events at their house of worship. The program, approved by the state to count as formal teacher training, is slated to expand to more teachers in the region, and the students will train peers who want to hold similar trainings in California and Arizona.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Research Notes
Video game players help scientists map the brain's neurons
Scientists are getting some help cataloging the structures of neurons in mouse and human brains thanks to a video game called "Mozak." The game, created by University of Washington computer science professor Zoran Popovic, has points, levels and leaderboards just like other video games, but the players are actually tracing neuron shapes that will help map and analyze the brain's billions of neurons.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/24) 
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Nominate a Global Engagement Program for recognition
The ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative recognizes outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. ACTFL members who have actively engaged their students in using the language outside the classroom to participate in a global community during the 2016-17 school year can apply to receive recognition for their Global Engagement programs. The deadline is May 28. Read on.
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Apply for the ACTFL Mentoring Program
Are you a new teacher who needs a mentor? Or are you an experienced educator looking to share your wisdom and skills? The ACTFL Mentoring Program matches mentors and mentees by language, level and location. The program will run from September through May. You must be an ACTFL member. Apply by July 31!
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