Neb. school districts use AI and VR in classrooms | Schools monitor students' online activity | Study: Students benefit from large-print books
September 13, 2019
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Neb. school districts use AI and VR in classrooms
Neb. school districts use AI and VR in classrooms
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Several rural school districts are using a $200,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Education to bring virtual and augmented reality technology to classrooms. Officials say 3D glasses and other devices will provide more immersive experiences for students and boost engagement.
KSNB-TV (Hastings, Neb.) (9/11) 
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Schools monitor students' online activity
In the wake of violence in schools, some districts nationwide are taking steps to monitor students' online activity and social media posts. Supporters say such steps make students safer, but some critics have expressed concern for student privacy.
National Public Radio (9/12) 
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Study: Students benefit from large-print books
Large-print books may aid students' reading comprehension, according to a survey of students, teachers and librarians by Project Tomorrow on behalf of Gale's Thorndike Press. Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans said large-print books were found to improve reading abilities and students' attitudes about reading.
T.H.E. Journal (9/12) 
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Size counts when choosing classroom displays
Larger displays are needed in most K-12 classrooms to ensure all the kids in the room can read the text or numbers. Smaller flat panel displays are great if students are watching videos or graphics, but curriculums are mostly text and numbers. Use the ΒΌ rule to size up your classrooms. Read more...
Systems Management
How immersive learning has evolved
Digital technologies have opened the door for a new model of immersive learning that takes place in a virtual setting. This article highlights how this type of immersive learning environment is being fueled, in part, by a focus on STEM.
T.H.E. Journal (9/11) 
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Managing Budgets
Districts cut costs with electric buses
Some school districts are shifting to electric, zero-emission school buses. Morgan Ellis, associate director for the Sierra Club's "Clean Transportation for All" campaign, says electric buses can save a school district as much as $140,000 over its lifetime.
District Administration magazine online (9/9) 
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Schools and Social Media
Tenn. math teacher offers help on nightly TV show
Tenn. math teacher offers help on nightly TV show
Tennessee math teacher Ernie Roberts hosts a weeknight program called Mathline on a local public television station to help students and community members solve math problems. Roberts says he walks students through operations to guide them to the answer "so they are part of the solution."
WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (9/11) 
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Last Byte
College grads feel the burden of debt
Debt is a major concern for college graduates, with 40% saying they wish they had made different educational decisions and about half of borrowers worrying they will be in debt forever, according to Fidelity. Families can manage college costs by using tools such as financial aid and Sec. 529 savings accounts.
CNBC (9/11) 
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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will poke out his eye to fit in.
Caitlin R. Kiernan,
writer, paleontologist
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