March 12, 2021
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Educational video game similar to Nintendo Wii
The online platform Kinems engages students in math and English lessons through movement, game-based learning. The platform, similar to a Nintendo Wii, is being tested among students in special education in a New York school district.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (3/11) 
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Build Equitable, Actionable Data Systems
In the Digital Promise Data Equity cohort, districts will receive guidance and technical support to identify data and equity gaps and build stronger data systems that promote equitable outcomes for students. Submit your interest by March 22, 2021.
Student-run website offers stories in diverse languages
Teenagers around the world can share their works in their native languages or world languages they are studying via Lingoscope, an online global publication started by Massachusetts student Christine Ling, 16, and run by her peers who live in 10 countries and collaborate virtually to manage the publication's website. A recent issue of the online publication features content in various languages, including Georgian and Latin, and Ling is planning to follow up on her own German studies with a podcast including news and more in that language.
Full Story: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)/Young Post (3/10) 
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Looking Towards a COVID Recovery in Education
As a result of the pandemic, students in the US have been forced to deal with learning loss and growing educational gaps, especially those in undeserved communities. Join BloomBoard on March 23rd for an interactive discussion revolving around actions teachers can take to help students recover and rebuild. Register Now
Systems Management
During its transition to remote learning, an Indiana school district redeployed hourly employees, including bus drivers, to work as student case managers. The effort -- aimed at helping high-schoolers stay on track -- was so successful that officials plan to continue it even when the students are back on campus.
Full Story: Chalkbeat/Indiana (3/11) 
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Managing Budgets
A bipartisan coalition in Colorado is backing a ballot initiative to establish the Colorado Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program. The effort is aimed at bridging learning gaps among students from low-income and wealthier families by offering low-income families as much as $1,500 to access out-of-school learning, such as tutoring, enrichment activities and career and technical education.
Full Story: Colorado Public Radio (3/10) 
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Schools and Social Media
A Texas high school teacher hosts an online culinary camp for students, called Camp Puga. Christopher Puga created the program to help engage students during this period of remote instruction, and it now includes a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, where Puga shows students cooking skills and recipes.
Full Story: El Paso Times (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (3/10) 
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Last Byte
Some researchers are questioning whether "summer slide" or pandemic-prompted "learning loss" truly exist. In this commentary, Rachael Gabriel, associate professor of literacy education at the University of Connecticut, asserts that learning "is never lost" and points to lessons learned about lean teaching, collaboration, creativity and resilience.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/10) 
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