Students with autism practice social skills | 3D printing goes mainstream in US schools | Program offers free books, gamifies reading
May 21, 2018
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Students with autism practice social skills
Students with autism practice social skills
Students with autism are practicing social interactions with the help of a virtual-reality app developed by career and technical education students in Michigan. The app includes scenarios such as meeting new students or participating in class, but future iterations may include situations such as TSA security checkpoints at airports.
Mashable (5/18) 
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3D printing goes mainstream in US schools
3D printing goes mainstream in US schools
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In a Washington state school district, students must learn 3D printing to enroll in a Boeing manufacturing program as students nationwide are increasingly using the technology. Christopher Nesmith, career and technical education director with the district, describes the technology as a "regular part of the curriculum."
District Administration magazine online (5/21) 
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How a Calif. district helps students by using data
Students in Moreno Valley Unified School District in California whose math assessments show they are struggling have an opportunity to receive online tutoring, writes Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora. In this commentary, Kedziora shares a step-by-step guide to his district's data-driven approach to helping students.
eSchool News (5/21) 
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Managing Budgets
Colo. district may create police force
A Denver school district is considering making its own police force -- an approach that already has been adopted by school districts in Atlanta, Cleveland and Miami. The proposal calls for certifying the district's 35 armed safety patrol officers as police officers.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (5/18) 
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Schools and Social Media
How online learning factors into free college
How online learning factors into free college
In some communities that have adopted free community-college programs, officials are encouraging students not to enroll in online-only courses. Judy Lowe, assistant vice president for academic resources and testing at Chattanooga State Community College, said students in their first year of the program may need additional in-person support.
EdSurge (5/18) 
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Twitter to take user behavior into account
Twitter to take user behavior into account
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Twitter has announced that user behavior, not simply tweet content, will now be a factor in the way conversations are modified. Content from users could be demoted by the platform's algorithm if the users have been blocked frequently, if they have multiple accounts using the same IP address or if they regularly tweet to a large number of accounts that they don't follow.
Marketing Land (5/17) 
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