April 14, 2021
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Tech used for NBA bubble makes way to classroom
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An Oregon school district is using devices adopted by the NFL, MLB and NBA to track close contacts and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Students wear lanyards with the devices, which acknowledge when they are within 6 feet of another device and records that information.
Full Story: KPTV-TV (Portland, Ore.) (4/13) 
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Ensuring Techquity in All Learning Spaces
FREE WEBINAR: As you plan for the coming school year, there is an opportunity to reimagine teaching and learning. Join educator & advisor Ken Shelton for a powerful presentation about using EdTech to create a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, and true equity. April 27, 1 p.m. ET. Register.
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eLearning
Data shows some teachers are considering maintaining at least some level of hybrid or remote instruction after the coronavirus pandemic, according to Carol DeFuria, president and CEO of the nonprofit VHS Learning. In this blog post, DeFuria asserts that educators can build on the success of teachers and leaders in this space to improve these learning approaches going forward.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (4/14) 
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Let's Get Kids into Computer Science and STEM
Introduce students to Computer Science with the help of Virtual Robotics! Give kids their OWN robot, while completing hands-on missions that APPLY concepts like acceleration to real-world scenarios - and transform how your district teaches STEM.
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Systems Management
Can later school start times boost students' grades?
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Several school districts in Minnesota that moved to later start times for middle- and high-school students saw an increase in student GPAs, according to a working paper to be presented to the American Educational Research Association. Other studies have shown physical and emotional benefits of later school start times, but few have made a connection to better achievement, researchers noted.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (4/13) 
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Managing Budgets
School bus to be retrofitted into mobile reading lab
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A Tennessee school district plans to use grant funding to turn an unused school bus into a mobile reading lab. Career and technical education students will work to retrofit the bus, turning it into a reading lab that can take lessons and activities directly to students.
Full Story: Kingsport Times News (Tenn.) (4/12) 
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Schools and Social Media
Facebook, Instagram broaden content review process
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The Facebook content oversight board will now field requests to review flagged content on its platform and Instagram that users consider inappropriate and want removed in addition to reviewing arguments regarding posts that individuals wish to have restored. Decisions made by the independent, 20-member board will be binding.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (4/13),  TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (4/13),  Reuters (4/13) 
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Last Byte
A study in the journal Health Education & Behavior found that young adults ages 18 to 24 who were exposed to any e-cigarette product placement in music videos had a 2.8 times increased likelihood to report ever trying to vape and had a 3.6 times increased likelihood of vaping in the past month, compared with those who were not exposed. The findings, based on a survey involving 1,280 young adults, also showed that those who recalled seeing more videos that showed vaping were more likely to try an e-cigarette.
Full Story: HealthDay News (4/12) 
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