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Discovery Co-Hosts Virtual Field Trip of Nuclear Power Plant

Discovery Education is hosting a free virtual field trip to a nuclear power plant Oct. 15, cosponsored with the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information. The event takes place between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Survey: Higher-Level Tech Skills Lacking in K–12

While teachers strongly support the infusion of technology into student learning, a survey found that their schools still face multiple hurdles in that pursuit, including a lack of computing devices, too much emphasis on passive activities and insufficient professional development to help educators understand how to teach with tech.

Gates Foundation Funds 19 Networks for School Improvement

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made what it's calling a "down payment" on an ambitious effort "to help tens of thousands of students get the education they deserve."

Bill Suggests Michigan Virtual Grow into Blended Research Hub

Two decades after its founding, a virtual school in Michigan legislated into existence faces an expansion of its mandate to include research. Michigan Virtual has long delivered courses to middle and high school students. Now, the organization might also become a hub for online educational experimentation.

Teachers Turn to Gaming for Online Privacy Lessons

This form of gaming blends fact and fiction to immerse players in an interactive world that responds to their decisions and actions.

Library Afterschool Tech Programs Receive Funding Shot

The grants, which can range up to $40,000, are intended to help fund after-school programs for middle and high school students — especially those at risk — to develop expertise in the use of technology, along with "life skills," such as goal setting, conflict resolution and effective communication.

Teachers Go Online More in Era of Common Core

It has been nine years since a group of governors and state school chiefs adopted the Common Core State Standards. A new report from RAND Corp. asked the question, have the standards — or their alternative versions in some states — changed what American teachers "think and do"?

Gates Foundation Takes Ed Data Focus International

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its latest "Goalkeepers Report" pushed for greater use of assessment data in education, pointing to success in Vietnam, which has proven to be an outlier in math, reading and science test scores. Goalkeepers is a campaign for tracking progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Just 36 Teachers Across U.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

Forty-one states didn't graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach CS.

Report: School Improvement Grant Program Results Based on 'Underpowered' Research

FutureEd has called the federal government to task for dropping support for the School Improvement Grant program. The SIG program, begun during the Obama presidency, with a total $7 billion investment in about 1,250 of the lowest-achieving public schools, was later called a failure by the Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences.

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