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Afternoon Announcements: Interactive technology ‘substantially improves’ academic achievement for underprivileged youth

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September 11, 2014 02:04 pm


Interactive technology that allows students to create and explore substantially improves academic achievement, particularly for underprivileged youth, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education which reviewed more than 70 studies on the use of technology in the classroom. EdSource

About 70 percent of America’s elementary schools still rely on slow Internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated. How some districts are getting creative and skirting the digital divide. The Hechinger Report

D.C. is monitoring “in-seat attendance” — a measure that shows how many kids are actually present on any given day and it’s helping Public Schools and the D.C. charter school board figure out which schools have the biggest attendance challenges overall, and also flags days or weeks when attendance falls off. The Washington Post

Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music, it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years had a greater ability to process language. NPR

Whether or not children ask for help in class may have a lot to do with their parents’ social class, according to a new study from Indiana University that followed students at a large public elementary school for three years, from third through fifth grade. The Huffington Post

A high-tech team of number crunchers received a $10,000 prize in an Arlington, VA competition aimed at examining public school student data to predict dropout rates, using indicators such as test scores, grades, attendance, courses taken and demographics. The Washington Post

Nearly a quarter of New York City’s middle-school students — or more than 50,000 pupils — have been held back from moving to the next grade at least once in their school careers, according to a new report by Advocates for Children of New York. ChalkBeat NY

Palm Beach, FA School Board members discussed a variety of options Wednesday they could take to oppose high-stakes testing, including holding parent meetings, lobbying legislators and passing a resolution opposing the use of state testing to penalize students and teachers. Sun Sentinel

For a new report from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation examining the barriers to the implementation of blended learning and solutions, researchers asked a group of California superintendents two questions: “What are the barriers, real or perceived, to implementing blended learning in your district?” and “Have you found solutions to or ways around these barriers?” Here’s what they found: Knocking Down the Barriers



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