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Closing Digital Divide Requires Focused PD to Support Teachers

Initial results are in for Digital Promise's Dynamic Learning Project, a program to see what impact there would be on closing the "digital divide" by placing technology coaches into 50 high-need schools in 20 districts and five states. The results so far look "promising," according to Karen Cator, who leads Digital Promise.

Mr. Venn and His Diagram: Now, In a Free, Collabrified, App!

The Venn Diagram has been a powerful tool for visualization. Now, CollabrifyVenn, a device-independent, browser-based, drag-and-drop, "text-editor" for Venn Diagrams, makes it easy for learners to change their Venn Diagrams and thus enables learners to engage in the iterative process of Venn Diagramming.

Math Curriculum Inadequate to Common Core Expectations

According to a new report, most of the curriculum being used by teachers for math instruction during the 2015–2016 school year failed to align with the Common Core State Standards. Also, the teachers couldn't always identify the approaches and content that aligned with their state standards for math.

Protecting Your Students' Privacy on Social Media

Social media can pose risks to students' privacy, but these risks can be managed with informed, intentional use. There's also a huge upside: Teachers can use social media to share best practices, provide an authentic audience for students' work, cultivate and model digital citizenship among their students and build more connected school communities.

Minecraft EDU Now on iPad

Minecraft: Education Edition has formally been released on the iOS platform.

RobotLAB Adds Drone and Robotic Arm Lessons

The company also recently opened up the platform to allow teachers to create their own lessons and customize already-available units. The new customization feature enables teachers to create, modify and submit lessons that can be shared with the community.

Measuring Academic and Nonacademic Skills Equally Important

A new report commissioned by NWEA revealed that parents, teachers and school leaders agree about the importance of measuring students' soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork and view them as equally important as academic skills. However, which skills to teach and who should have the primary role in doing so is an area where the roles disagreed.

Indiana District Issues Hotspots to 3,500 Students

An Indiana school district received a $700,000 grant from T-Mobile's EmpowerED program, covering the cost of personal MiFi hotspots for every student in grades 3 through 8 for the next two years.

Integrating Makerspaces Throughout the Curriculum

The makerspace isn't just a fixed space where kids come and go to complete busywork. It's an extension of a well-established approach to educating students that has applications and deep implications across disciplines.

Virtual Reality Check

Long touted as promising ed tech tools, virtual and augmented reality are finally making a real impact on teaching and learning.

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