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March 28, 2017
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Platform lets teachers make games playlist
Platform lets teachers make ed. games playlist
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A startup has launched a free web-based platform, Legends of Learning, that allows teachers to create playlists of educational games -- similar to how Spotify works for music. The games, already vetted by educators, are tied to educational standards.
USA Today (3/27) 
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Microsoft campaign supports STEM for girls
Microsoft unveiled its #MakeWhatsNext campaign earlier this month, which focuses on supporting science, technology, engineering and math education among girls. The company's DigiGirlz program also organizes a one-day coding event where girls meet women who already are working in related fields.
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Systems Management
Trump overturns rules on ESSA, teacher prep
Trump overturns regs on ESSA, teacher prep
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President Donald Trump signed two bills Monday overturning education regulations. One measure overturned regulations about how states should comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act and the other rolled back a requirement for states to give annual ratings to teacher-preparation programs.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/27),  U.S. News & World Report (3/27) 
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Tech Tips
How to implement adaptive learning
In this blog post, fifth-grade teacher Amy Crisp shares five ways she uses her school's adaptive-learning platform, Dreambox Learning. Among them are encouraging students to think independently and setting weekly goals.
SmartBrief/Education (3/28) 
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Managing Budgets
IPad seeks to compete with Chromebook on price
Apple has unveiled plans for a lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad, a move seen as an attempt to compete with Google's Chromebook. The new model will be released to schools for $299, a comparable price to the Chromebook.
Fast Company online (3/27) 
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Schools and Social Media
Photo of snacks for students goes viral
An Oregon teacher's Facebook post showing a cabinet full of snacks she shares with her hungry students has gone viral. In a caption for the photo, Katherine Gibson Howton wrote that almost every teacher she knows has a similar stash to help students who come to school hungry.
The Huffington Post (3/27) 
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Snapchat tops App Store searched rankings
Snapchat tops App Store searched rankings
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Snapchat has grabbed the top spot among most searched-for apps in Apple's App Store, according to Forbes. The app beat out Instagram and Facebook, the second and third most-searched apps.
The Economic Times (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (3/26) 
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