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School Transportation And Condiments Plus Context Bonanza: Oakland Strike Context, Teacher Pension Context, Teacher Environment Context, Congrats Curtis Jones, Does Cory Booker Have A DeVos Problem? More! – Education Article

Cara Jackson on what environmental factors matter most to new teachers. Mia Howard on growing a charter network to multi-site. Chad Aldeman on why failing to account for attrition is a misleading way to analyze pensions – and masks the bad deal a lot of teachers are getting from their pension plans. This sounds arcane but is really central to the discussion about teacher retirement. If there is a teacher strike we’ve got fiscal context. Here’s Max Marchitello looking at…

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Labour would end free market in higher education, says Rayner | Education

A Labour government would end the “failed free-market experiment in higher education”, taking a tougher line on vice-chancellors’ pay and improving academic diversity, the shadow education secretary is set to announce. Angela Rayner will outline a series of major policy steps that would allow regulators to intervene in how universities in England are run, including how they recruit and reward staff. Speaking to the University and College Union (UCU) conference on Saturday, Rayner will say: “The Tories’ obsession with free-market…

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If We Have to Give Kids Grades, Let’s Let Them Argue Their Merit. – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I sensed the anticipation as soon as I entered the classroom. Groups of students were huddled together flipping through notes and documentation. A few were going back and forth about what they were going to say. As I headed to the whiteboard a hush fell over the room and one student asked, “do we get the whole class period Mr. J?” It was first marking period Appeals Day in my ninth grade English class. And it was the first time my…

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10 Habits of a Good Student – Education Article

A good student has certain qualities that make him a success in the studies. From being punctual and eating a healthy diet to doing exercise and making friends, a good student has everything that give him an advantage over other students. If you want to be a successful student, here are some of the habits you need to emulate: 1.     He Adds Discipline To His Life A good student follows certain rules in life. He sleeps on time, wakes up on…

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Students at tribal colleges and universities are slow to seek financial aid – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about higher education. Subscribe today! Hundreds of students at tribal colleges and universities who need financial aid are waiting until the last minute to ask for it, according to report released this week from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Among entering tribal college students surveyed in…

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Check out these 10 AR apps for your classroom—coding not required – Education Article

For teachers who have always wanted to use augmented reality (AR)—tech that overlays content on top of the real world—but haven’t had the chance to explore it, Jaime Donally has heard you. In her presentation “Creating Classroom Content in Augmented Reality,” she gave attendees some inside help on which apps to use in the classroom. With programs ranging from beginner level to current AR practitioners, she offered 10 apps that can help educators get started with no coding skills needed.…

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Teachers Guide to Switching from Android to iOS – Education Article

Apple is actually working on an app called “Move to iOS” which will allow Android users to easily and wirelessly transfer their media items from any Android operated device to any other device running iOS 9. It will also transfer all the apps you have on your Android to your iOS app library. Until the official release of “My to iOS”,  here is a great step-by-step guide from Apple to help you move content from your Android phone to your…

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MORE Dumps Everyone in Entire Caucus – Education Article

Breaking–The MORE Caucus, after having dumped its elected UFT Executive Board members (though only the ones who still regularly attend), has decided it was time to make this policy universal. After a meeting with the new Steering Committee, the one it self-appointed after unilaterally dumping the old Steering Committee, it was determined that the only way to effectively ensure a loss in the upcoming election was to have no membership whatsoever. The caucus, which had already decided not to run…

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‘I love calling out politicians’: meet the student suing Trump over climate change | Education

University students should support “badass” teenagers who skip school to strike for climate action by walking out of lectures alongside them, a leading youth activist has said. In recent months more than 20,000 children have skipped school across Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia, demanding governments and politicians do more to limit the effects of global warming. There are more strikes planned in the coming months. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 18, global youth director of Earth Guardians, and one of 21 young people…

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“Do Something Every Day to Follow Your Dream” – Education Article

  For the last year I have been on a journey into the life of a man I did not know, but who has taught me a lot about myself and the history of us as Americans and explorers. In 2017 I attended space camp in Huntsville Alabama, through a grant by Honeywell with their Space Educators Academy. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done in my professional career. Along with incredible professional development and some…

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What Do You Do When Your Podcast Domain Is Already Taken? – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, Jeff sits down with podcaster Tim Cavey from the Teachers on Fire Podcast to discuss what goes on behind a successful podcast.  Topics today include Podcasting Equipment, Editing Applications, Finding an Audience, and Purchasing the best Domain Name for your podcast. If you are a new listener to TeacherCast, we would love to hear from…

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Why Doesn’t Trump Like Dogs? – Education Article

I have never been without a dog. I love dogs. I miss the ones I have lost. I especially miss Molly, a Tibetan terrier, who was funny and lovable. She died of lymphoma. I miss Lady, a cocker spaniel, who was a rescue. She always curled herself around my feet and slept on the floor next to my bed. Now we have Mitzi, a 92-pound sweetheart, 57 varieties of dog, all wonderful. Who doesn’t love dogs? Donald Trump. Molly Roberts…

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Florida Revives Push To Arm Teachers Amid Parkland Shooting Anniversary – Education Article

Florida lawmakers marked the first anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland by pushing forward a new effort to put even more guns in schools. The bill, which cleared the Senate Education Committee along party lines Tuesday, would allow teachers with concealed carry permits to bring their guns to school provided they receive more than 100 hours of firearms training from local sheriff’s departments. It will be considered by the full Florida Senate when it…

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Top 10+ Tech Trends & Tools for Teachers in 2019 – Education Article

Get up-to-date Tech Tools for 2019 It’s 2019, and technology continues to reshape teaching trends in and out of the classroom. One of the most challenging obstacles for teachers is knowing what’s new, what’s coming, and how this technology can be used to infuse new tactics to engage, educate and learn. This year, the trends are about building the “Intelligent Digital Mesh” which encompasses: Intelligence – AI drives everything we do across many systems going into the future; Digital –…

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6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom – Education Article

6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom by Dr. Monica R. Martinez Ed note: This post has been updated and republished from a 2015 version In the U.S., millions of middle and high school students attend schools that don’t match the reality of their lives. By their teenage years, young people should be solving complex problems, thinking critically about tough concepts, and communicating their ideas effectively. Yet, our schools are organized to be lecture-based, encouraging students to simply memorize…

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Educators Need to Find More Respectful Ways to Disagree – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Getting Beyond the Education Echo Chambers I don’t have a TV. I haven’t had one for close to twenty years. This political season I was happier than ever to not have one. The rancor in politics repulses me. I’m not going to hide my own politics – I’m a die-hard liberal, and I truly think there is more mud slung toward my side than from it. But, either way, I just don’t want to hear it, read…

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Is $1 Billion Too Much Money for Any One Person to Have? – Education Article

In 2018, there were 585 billionaires in America, with a combined wealth of over $2.8 trillion. The wealthiest, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has a net worth of $160 billion. The world’s eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the bottom half in the world, and the three richest Americans hold more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the United States. Should there be a limit to how much wealth a person has? If so, how much…

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A Guide to Blogging Terminology – Education Article

In my previous post I shared some information about the upcoming Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge. If you’re new to blogging or it has been a long time since you did any blogging, it can be helpful to have a glossary of terms that are frequently used when writing and talking about blogging. That’s why I put together the following glossary of terms. (Access the glossary as a Google Doc here). Before you jump into the glossary, watch Common Craft’s explanation…

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UK public pays high price for private schools | Letter | Education

It is ridiculously inappropriate to compare “luxury homes, cars, exotic holidays” with the fees for private schools (Letters, 12 February). Good education is not a luxury but an essential provision that needs to be equally available to all children if we are ever to have a properly functioning society. Parents are not to be blamed for seeking the best for their children, but the private school system encourages the wealthiest to do this at the expense of the great majority.…

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What Will It Take to Get Equitable School Funding in Pennsylvania – a Statewide Teachers Strike!? – Education Article

What if every public school teacher in Pennsylvania refused to come to work on Monday? What if instead they took to the streets with signs and placards, bullhorns and chanted slogans. Maybe: “Hey! HEY! Ho! HO! This Unfair Funding Has to Go!”Or: “What do we want!? FAIR FUNDING! When do we want it? YESTERDAY!” The problem is that from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and all places in between, the Keystone state has the most unequal school funding system in the country.…

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How Technology and Teacher Websites in Language Classrooms Can Increase Engagement and Access – Education Article

By Xiao “Wendy” Liu, Tower Hill School Digital Age and Learning We are now in the Digital Age, which continues to evolve and grow at a dizzying pace, with new tools and online resources to support language learning and teaching. Language skills can be acquired and practiced in the most authentic way via technology. Computer use and the online world have had a tremendous impact on language learning, providing students with instantaneous access to authentic materials and native-speaking language partners.…

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6 Things You Can Do with a PDF this School Year – Education Article

What type of tools do you use in the classroom to interact with text and stay organized? Earlier this year the folks at Wondershare reached out to me. I was interested in learning more about PDFelement 6, a PDF editor that provides lots of options for teachers and students. Like many folks in education, I’ve taken on the role of both student and teacher in many forms. As a graduate student and adjunct professor, classroom teacher, and professional development facilitator,…

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Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications – Education Article

Purpose Driven Learning (or PDL) is a concept coined by Michael Matera and Adam Moreno to summarize the philosophy that each learner’s inner strengths can be unlocked by focusing with purpose and drive. By following the guidelines for Purpose Driven Learning, teachers avoid the biggest pitfall in many lesson plans  — that they are theoretic without meaning in the real world. With PDL, resources are relevant, lessons are personalized, and real-life connections are placed under a bright light. In the end, learning…

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We Will Rock You – Song Worksheet – Education Article

It’s a worksheet to cheer up and motivate your students, to distract from the boring routine studying. It isn’t a very easy song to work with but almost every child knows the tune and loves to sing it. The worksheet was created for Ukrainian students, … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Natasha Read Full Article

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School Custodian/Darts Champion Helps Raise $175,000 for Children – Education Article

Participants in a recent Darts for Kids tournament. (Photo courtesy of Bob Hudzik) As a world champion dart player, Bob Hudzik is known for winning tournaments by hitting the smallest inner bullseye of a dartboard, which counts for 50 points. The outer bull is difficult enough to score but is worth only 25 points. People say Hudzik likes a challenge. When his wife Tammy Hudzik saw photos of 6-month-old Hailey Moore in need of a heart transplant cross her Facebook feed…

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#CelebrateWithDE – Presidents’ Day | Discovery Education – Education Article

On the third Monday in February, we honor all U.S. presidents on Presidents’ Day. The day was introduced to honor George Washington and grew to honor all presidents and earn that apostrophe after the s. This year, we invite you to celebrate by going all the way back to the day’s beginnings to study Washington – along with another long-ago honoree, Lincoln – and then consider how they might have handled presidential communications with modern technology. Content Collection: Presidents’ DayDiscovery…

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Venezuela Crisis Daily News PowerPoint – Education Article

How can I use the latest news to teach about Venezuela? Use our children’s news PowerPoint to explore the latest news topic of the crisis in Venezuela with your school or your class. Explore the wide context of the story as well as using it to open or deepen your class’ curriculum learning about geography and world news. Explore our slides about: Where is Venezuela?What is happening in Venezuela?Who is the leader of Venezuela? Containing a range of interactive features…

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Fakebook Lesson Plan – Creating Facebook Profiles for Historical Figures – Education Article

I love to engage my middle school students by incorporating one of their favorite things: social media. And one of their all-time favorites is the Fakebook project. Here’s how it works: Students use their notes to create a Facebook-style social media profile for a historical figure. What I love most about this assignment is that it allows students to express their humor and creativity. Since nearly every chapter contains numerous notable figures, this project is versatile and can be used for…

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Universities and the NHS must join forces to improve student mental health | Gianmarco Raddi | Education

In universities, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety afflict one in four students, while student suicides have reached a record level in recent years and dropouts have trebled. The burden of mental health illnesses is only likely to increase as stigma recedes and more people come forward with their sufferings. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health issue to their university. It’s well…

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