Report: How states can support digital learning | Space helmet designed by S.C. high-schoolers | Guide offers recommendations for designing online courses
June 2, 2020
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Report: How states can support digital learning
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The State Educational Technology Directors Association released a report offering guidance for states to help schools deliver digital instruction. Guidance includes enacting annual state digital learning plans, encouraging districts to develop digital learning plans and working toward equitable access to digital devices and the internet.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (6/1) 
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Space helmet designed by S.C. high-schoolers
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft launched on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Nasa/Getty Images)
A team of students from a South Carolina high school have earned a finalist spot in the national NASA competition for their efforts in designing a polyethylene space helmet that blocks solar radiation. For the final round of the competition, the team will build a prototype of the helmet, which will likely incorporate sewing materials and 3D printing.
Full Story: The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (5/30) 
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Systems Management
University IT professionals are critical now more so than ever in figuring out how to enhance the measuring of student success rates, writes Pete Koczera, senior manager of education strategy and transformation at CDW. IT teams need to focus on gathering and updating student profiles with new data to help aid in instructional design so that courses can be based on the needs of the students, he writes.
Full Story: EdTech online (5/29) 
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3 keys to reading comprehension
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Reading comprehension is about more than just skill, asserts Douglas Fisher, professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University. In this blog post, he writes that students also must have the "will to read" and be inspired by what they are reading.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (6/2) 
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Managing Budgets
The nonprofit Khan Academy Kids has seen an explosion in use during the school shutdowns, but that comes at a financial cost, says founder Sal Khan. The widely used free learning platform is not in immediate danger but Khan says corporate sponsors could help fund costs including data storage, educational programming and software development.
Full Story: Fast Company online (6/1) 
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Schools and Social Media
Seven-year-old Curtis Rogers threw a backyard senior prom, with social distancing precautions, for his nanny, Rachel Chapman, who he hadn't seen in two months due to the pandemic. A tweet from Rachel's mom showing photos of the special event has attracted more than 64,000 likes and been shared over 11,000 times.
Full Story: TIME online (5/29) 
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Last Byte
Google launched a "Sodar" tool that uses augmented reality to project a six-foot circle around mobile users to help them practice social distancing. The WebXR-powered tool is available for Android phones using the Chrome browser.
Full Story: Fast Company online (5/29),  TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (5/29) 
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