February 2, 2021
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FCC considers applying E-rate to at-home internet
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The Federal Communications Commission will accept public comments through Feb. 16 on whether to expand the E-rate program to help close the digital divide by allowing funds to be used on at-home internet access. The effort signals a possible shift for the FCC and follows an executive order by President Joe Biden to encourage the FCC to help expand internet access to more students.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (2/1),  Education Week (2/1) 
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Measuring student progress and designing instruction to maximize it can be challenging. That's why many districts are committing to proficiency scales. Read this SmartFocus to learn more about proficiency scales and discover how one school successfully made the transition.
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Children who had high touchscreen technology use were quicker to look at objects when they appeared and were less able to ignore distractions, compared with those who were considered to be low users, researchers reported in Scientific Reports. The findings were based on data involving 38 children.
Full Story: United Press International (1/26) 
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Systems Management
A social and emotional learning program is helping teachers in a Wisconsin school district learn how to help students by supporting and calming them, write Ted Gennerman, student service director, and school psychologist Emilie Tregellas. In this article, they write about the importance of getting buy-in from every school, providing training for all student-facing staff and communicating with parents.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (1/29) 
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Strategies for remote speech therapy
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During this period of remote instruction, Laura Burns, a speech language pathologist at Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, Ky., shares several takeaways from moving those services online. Burns writes to prioritize internet connectivity, organize resources and select engaging materials.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (2/2) 
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Managing Budgets
Schools worldwide should reopen safely, and teachers should be prioritized for coronavirus vaccines, according to UNESCO and Education International. Data shows 101 countries have fully reopened schools -- compared to 190 countries that closed all schools at some point during the pandemic.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (2/1) 
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Schools and Social Media
Teachers use fitness app to stay active
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A growing number of teachers are using the fitness app HomeCourt to get them -- and sometimes their students -- more active during the coronavirus pandemic. Some teachers also are sharing their experiences with the interactive fitness games on Twitter.
Full Story: TES (UK) (1/29) 
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Last Byte
Dorothy Jean Tillman, who at just 14 has earned a master's degree and is becoming an entrepreneur, is hosting a STEAM camp to spark interest in her peers. Through the Dorothy Jeanius STEAM Education Leadership Institute, Tillman is offering learning kits for self-directed learning at home.
Full Story: Black Enterprise (1/31) 
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