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February 4, 2019
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Art project draws attention to human trafficking
Art project draws attention to human trafficking
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A California high school's art students are using their talents to draw attention to the issue of human trafficking. After learning about human trafficking, students created and installed life-size cut-out images of fictional victims in public places, such as bus stops, and included online links where people can read the stories written by the students.
KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (2/2) 
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Standards & Assessments
Study: PARCC exams fall when taken online
Study: PARCC exams fall when taken online
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Students in Massachusetts who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams on computers scored lower than their peers who took the exams on paper, according to a study by the American Institutes for Research. Researchers found that students' scores improved in the second year of online exams.
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Technology in the Classroom
Neurofeedback, games aim to boost learning
Neurofeedback, games aim to boost learning
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A teacher in a Spanish-immersion school in Minnesota recently started an after-school program that uses NASA-inspired brain games and neurofeedback to help first- through third-grade students improve their concentration and behavior. Teacher Brianna Jensen says the goal is for students to carry what they learn in the program into the school day.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (1/30) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Md. music teacher designs lessons about Ethiopia
A music teacher at a Maryland elementary school has designed lessons in which students learn about Ethiopia and its culture by singing songs in Amharic and other languages spoken in the country. The teacher, Anna Harris, says the goal is to teach students about the diversity of the world.
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Teacher shares how cliffhangers hook students
Teacher shares how cliffhangers hook students
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Students will better understand history lessons if teachers use hooks, cliffhangers and connectors, writes Lauren Brown, an eighth-grade US history teacher. In this blog post, she also suggests giving titles to lessons and connecting students to past and future learning.
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