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September 18, 2018
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Software supports schools' master schedules
Software supports schools' master schedules
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Some schools are using software programs to develop master schedules to improve outcomes for students. Rather than just sorting students into classes based on logistics, the software aligns their schedules with other school objectives, including increasing diversity in the classroom and supporting small learning communities.
District Administration magazine online (9/18) 
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Pa. school tests Google's Rolling Study Hall
About 20% of students at a rural Pennsylvania middle school will have access to computers, the internet and a tutor on their buses as part of their school's pilot of Google's Rolling Study Hall. To qualify, students must spend at least 45 minutes on the bus during one trip.
Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) (9/16) 
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Computer-science pros to volunteer in Mich. schools
Microsoft is partnering with 21 Michigan schools on its Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program to provide volunteers to visit classrooms. The professionals will lead some lessons and talk to students about computer science in their jobs and the real world.
WWTV-TV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac, Mich.) (9/14) 
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    How to use PBL in special education
    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.
    SmartBrief/Education (9/18) 
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    Managing Budgets
    N.Y. may loosen penalties for testing opt-outs
    New York state schools with high testing opt-out rates would not miss out on federal funding, according to draft rules released by the state's department of education. Data show that about 1 in 5 students in the state opt out of exams.
    Chalkbeat/New York (9/14) 
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    Schools and Social Media
    Tenn. 5th-graders use art, social media for "kindness"
    A class of Tennessee fifth-grade students are creating "Art Acts of Kindness" by writing inspirational quotes or drawing art on ceramic tiles. Teacher Lisa Redditt places the tiles in various locations around the community along with instructions for how those who find them can use social media to send messages to students and pass the tile to others.
    The Lebanon Democrat (Tenn.) (9/15) 
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    Last Byte
    Facebook launches pilot program to protect campaigns
    Facebook has launched a new program that is designed to protect political campaigns from cyberthreats. In addition to two-factor authentication, campaigns will have access to security tools, and the social media network will provide proactive monitoring of enrolled campaigns.
    NBC News (9/17) 
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