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August 17, 2017
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How digital tools can enhance note-taking
How digital tools can enhance note-taking
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Students can improve their comprehension skills by using digital tools to take notes and visible-thinking routines to make sense of them, asserts doctoral student Beth Holland. In this commentary, she suggests several note-taking tools and inquiry strategies.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (8/17) 
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Teacher sheds light on edtech skepticism
Teacher sheds light on edtech skepticism
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Fifth-grade teacher Bret Harrison has been using technology with his students for more than 10 years, but he still calls himself a "reluctant adopter," Mary Jo Madda writes. In this Q&A, Harrison explains his journey to education-technology adoption and why he keeps a healthy skepticism about new technologies.
EdSurge (8/15) 
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Curriculum
What's new in student interventions?
What's new in student interventions?
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Technology and more information about the neuroscience of learning are helping to reshape student interventions. Educators in this article share four new student intervention strategies, such as using pre-interventions and rethinking behavior.
District Administration magazine online (8/17) 
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Mo. district to open PBL high school
A project-based learning high school that is opening this year in a Missouri school district will focus on teaching students core concepts in math and other areas while students work together in groups. School officials also plan for students to take online courses and work at their own pace.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
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Policy & Legislation
Data show potential grade inflation in wealthier schools
High-school students attending private and suburban schools may be receiving higher grades, even as achievement on the SAT trends down, according to a College Board study expected to be published early next year. Michael Hurwitz, senior director at the College Board, says the findings point to potential grade inflation among wealthier schools.
The Hechinger Report (8/16) 
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Vt. officials to offer more details on ESSA plan
Vt. officials to offer more details on ESSA plan
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Education officials in Vermont say they will comply with a request from the US Department of Education to provide more information about how the state will measure student progress. The state wants to track progress over the years, instead of using only test data from single grades, state Education Deputy Secretary Amy Fowler says.
Vermont Public Radio (8/14) 
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