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August 6, 2020
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What effective game-based learning looks like
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Thoughtfully-designed video games can serve as powerful tools for teaching and learning, according to Matt Feldmann of the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. In this commentary, he cautions against games that rely too heavily on adaptive algorithms that make game-based decisions for students that they should make for themselves.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (8/4) 
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Getting to September, Part II: The First Four Weeks
As students and teachers prepare to begin the 2020-2021 school year, questions linger. What will instruction look like this year? Will learning be fully online, in person or a mix of both? Tune in August 18th to hear a panel of educators discuss strategies for navigating the first few weeks successfully. Register Now
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eLearning
A new survey finds that 62% of faculty think students are more likely to cheat in an online environment. However, there are ways to reduce cheating, including proctored exams, random test questions and open-book exams, a report associated with the survey finds.
Full Story: Campus Technology (8/4) 
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Remote learning gets help from Google Assistant
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Google Assistant has added tools to help at-home learners stay on track and create a school-esque environment, including a Family Bell feature that reminds everyone to take a break or switch lessons. For a more personalized experience, new broadcast controls can limit which devices transmit messages.
Full Story: Digital Trends (8/4) 
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Ready to start a classroom coaching program?
Research suggests instructional coaching can be more effective than traditional PD workshops in creating meaningful change in teacher practice and student achievement. Digital Promise's Instructional Coaching Playbook suggests steps to build a successful coaching program.
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South Carolina's Office of Regulatory Staff plans on providing up to 150,000 hot spots to help students from kindergarten through college with remote learning. Budget restrictions make this a temporary measure, however, unless state lawmakers give the program more funding.
Full Story: The State (Columbia, S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (8/5) 
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    Schools show signs of financial distress, analysis finds
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    More than 500 of 2,662 schools analyzed show warning signs of financial instability in at least two areas, a Financial Fitness Tracker developed by the Hechinger Report finds. Ohio and Illinois have the most at-risk schools, and about 1,360 schools report a decline in fall enrollment.
    Full Story: The Hechinger Report (8/4) 
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    Schools and Social Media
    A video that shows Dr. Quentin Lee, principal of Childersburg High School in Alabama, repurposing the lyrics of "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer for the pandemic era has attracted more than 4.8 million YouTube views. MC Hammer gave the ultimate seal of approval by tweeting the video with the copy, "I love it !!!"
    Full Story: TIME online (8/4) 
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    Last Byte
    Privacy software throws off facial recognition
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    University of Chicago researchers have created a tool called Fawkes that changes images subtly to thwart facial recognition systems. The tool's developers have made it available for Windows and Mac, but they don't plan to make a web or mobile app, though they would like to see social media platforms make such tech available to users.
    Full Story: The Verge (8/4) 
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