January 8, 2021
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Some edtech trends expected to make the mark in 2021
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There are five key education-technology trends experts predict will dominate this year, including more personalized, self-paced learning. Experts also predict growth in teachers' professional development focused on how to better leverage technology to improve teaching and learning.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (1/7) 
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eLearning
Nickelodeon's network for preschoolers, Noggin, is now developing content guided, in part, by research and education experts to help students reach specific learning goals. The shift includes a focus on encouraging children to engage and participate in the content.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (1/7) 
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Systems Management
DeVos resigns, admonishes Capitol violence
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced her resignation, effective today, following violence that broke out Wednesday at the Capitol. In her resignation letter to President Donald Trump, DeVos praised the administration's progress on education but said this week's events were an "inflection point" for her.
Full Story: National Public Radio (1/7),  The New York Times (1/7),  CNN (1/8),  Bloomberg (1/7) 
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Managing Budgets
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed plan to reopen schools to students and staff in February calls for safety measures, including HVAC improvements to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Yet, some school districts say they do not have the funds to make such improvements -- which may exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases.
Full Story: EdSource (1/8) 
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Schools and Social Media
A seventh-grade student in Utah took lessons learned in a college and career awareness course about how to become an entrepreneur and started her own business. Evalyn Eddington creates hand-painted "courage shoes," some of which include messages of bravery and encouragement, and had her mom post about her shoe designs on social media to see if there was interest.
Full Story: KSTU-TV (Salt Lake City) (1/7) 
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Last Byte
An Italian greyhound named Tika the Iggy from Montreal has become an Instagram and TikTok star thanks to her fashionable outfits and is attracting attention from celebrities such as Lizzo. Tika's TikTok account has 10.6 million likes and more than 786,000 followers, and one TikTok video featuring her wearing 2020's rejected outfits has garnered 32.8 million views.
Full Story: Montreal Gazette (Quebec) (tiered subscription model) (1/6) 
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