March 10, 2021
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Funding problematic for students' internet access
Over the past year, school districts have struck deals to provide free or low-cost internet to families so students could access remote instruction. Now, officials say there is a chance some students could lose that access unless action is taken by the federal government or others.
Full Story: Education Week (3/10) 
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Educators can help students engage with STEM learning -- even if it's not a subject students were initially drawn to, write Omar Shepherd, curriculum specialist in STEM and career education at the Orange County Department of Education, and Denise Fabris, a teacher at Burlingame Intermediate School in California. In this commentary, they share five strategies for inclusive STEM learning, including layering STEM with other subjects and using real-world examples.
Full Story: eSchool News (3/9) 
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The 2021 Education Funding Guide is Here
With new federal resources available this year, understanding which funding opportunities best suit your district's needs can be challenging to navigate. That's why we created a guide to help you make sense of it all. Download the Guide!
Systems Management
The Coachella Valley Unified School District in California recently worked with Second Life Mac to collect students' used iPads and hand out new devices during a drive-thru event. Second Life Mac will refurbish and recycle the old iPads.
Full Story: KMIR-TV (Palm Springs, Calif.) (3/9) 
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Managing Budgets
House to vote on COVID-19 relief bill
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The House is expected to vote today on a coronavirus relief bill, passed by the Senate, that includes $126 billion for K-12 schools. The bill mandates that states not use the federal funds to supplant existing education funds, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says the package will help students get back to the classroom for in-person instruction.
Full Story: The 74 (3/9) 
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Schools and Social Media
How to combat Zoom fatigue
Zoom fatigue is real, according to Géraldine Fauville, an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who is part of a team of researchers studying the causes of video conferencing fatigue to better understand how to combat it. Some suggestions include optimizing video conferencing setups and taking breaks, they assert.
Full Story: Tech & Learning (3/9) 
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Last Byte
Drowning in Slack? Asynchronous chat may be the answer
Some employers are bucking the workplace instant chat trend -- which has increased during the pandemic via collaborative tools such as Slack, Facebook Workplace and Microsoft Teams -- and are instead turning to asynchronous communication, which by definition doesn't occur in real time. "Group chat is like a hot tub," says distraction-focused author Nir Eyal, adding, "You should get in and get out, not sit in it all day."
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (3/7) 
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