A three- to four-year survey of the Wonewoc School District community in Wisconsin helped education leaders decide to use a large portion of a referendum's funding to build a technology education wing to serve grades six through 12, Wonewoc District Administrator Sharon Ennis says. At the top of survey respondents' wish list were more courses in technology, manufacturing, welding and agriculture to help prepare students for local jobs and avoid college costs, Ennis says.
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Jose Gonzalez, 21st-century learning specialist and Verizon Innovative Learning Schools coach at a California middle school, led students in a remote, project-based lesson that focused on Mars. The project included real-world events and engaged students via online and hands-on learning, Gonzalez writes in this blog post.
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The coronavirus pandemic along with remote instruction are affecting students' academic progress, as well as their overall well-being, according to a CDC study. Of parents surveyed, 25% of those whose children are learning remotely said their children's mental or emotional health had worsened -- compared with 16% of those whose children are learning in person.
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The Batesville School District in Arkansas overcame budget-related issues that prevented it from attracting and retaining teachers by turning to solar energy. The district reduced its energy costs by installing an on-site solar array and is using the savings to distribute bonuses among teachers.
Facebook is expected to launch a version of Instagram called Instagram Kids. The existing platform requires users to be at least 13 years old, but Instagram Kids, like Facebook's Messenger Kids, would be targeted to children.
YouTube is bringing its TikTok competitor, dubbed Shorts, to the US with a beta program rolling out during the next several weeks, but hasn't yet offered monetization plans. Shorts launched in India last year and now has more than 6.5 billion daily views worldwide.