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December 14, 2018
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N.D. 4th-graders dig deep into Titanic history
N.D. 4th-graders dig deep into Titanic history
White Star liner RMS Titanic. (Central Press/Getty Images)
A class of North Dakota fourth-graders recently acted out roles for a presentation about the Titanic and its history to an audience of parents and community members. Students spent two months doing research and engaging in various exercises, including making graphs, learning vocabulary words and compiling facts and images.
Dickinson Press (N.D.) (12/12) 
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Policy Watch
Civil rights coalition seeks legislation on schools
Civil rights coalition seeks legislation on schools
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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights recently sent a letter to congressional lawmakers seeking additional oversight of the US Department of Education. The coalition also seeks legislation addressing restraint and seclusion in schools, corporal punishment and school safety.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/13) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Will data privacy reign in 2019?
Will data privacy reign in 2019?
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Linnette Attai, a privacy expert, writes that 2019 could be a perfect storm of activity related to protecting privacy. In this opinion piece, Attai shares five privacy-related events to watch for in the coming year, including federal and state legislation, plus a focus on the privacy of young people.
EdSurge (12/12) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Va. 8th-graders rehab vehicle to create "Eco Bus"
A class of Virginia eighth-grade students are transforming an old bus into an "Eco Bus" to serve as a traveling classroom that operates on vegetable oil and solar power. Civics teacher Jared Fritzinger says the bus will be part of the students' capstone project that addresses issues such as sustainability.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (12/12) 
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Students learn research skills during Genius Hour
Students learn research skills during Genius Hour
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Ninth-grade English teachers at a Kansas school adapted the Genius Hour concept to help students learn to research. Students worked on their self-selected research projects during a monthlong unit and then presented their findings.
The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (12/11) 
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Education bloggers talk teacher burnout, fostering inquiry
SmartBrief Education's monthly Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Our recent winners, Anthony Meals and Kasey Short, talk about why educator burnout is not a badge of honor and how to create a climate of inquiry in your classroom. Tune in Jan. 4 when they discuss these important issues on Education Talk Radio.
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