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Afternoon Announcements: The Fourth Annual Digital Learning Day Features National Leaders, Local Districts’ Innovations

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March 16, 2015 02:00 pm


NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and PBS NewsHour Education Correspondent and filmmaker John Merrow played key roles in the fourth annual Digital Learning Day Friday, which featured national leaders in education technology, as well as school leaders, teachers and students from four innovative school districts. THE Journal

The Alliance for Excellent Education has recently released a free online tool that aims to help school districts assess learning outcomes. Dubbed as ‘Future Ready Interactive Planning Dashboard’, the tool is designed to implement digital learning that combines educational technology with quality teaching. iSchoolGuide

Currently, 99 percent of America’s K-12 public schools and libraries are somehow connected to the web, in large part thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated “E-Rate” program. However, while that progress deserves merit, merely having some sort of Internet connection is an outdated standard. The Atlantic

Many school systems remain “fundamentally separate and unequal,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday, with 23 states spending more per pupil in affluent school districts than they do in high-poverty districts. The Huffington Post

For many children, adolescent misbehavior that once warranted a trip to the principal’s office—and perhaps a stint in study hall—now results in jail time and a greater possibility of lifelong involvement with the criminal justice system. Politico Magazine

An American writing teacher whose private demonstration school in Maine has attracted thousands of teachers over the past 25 years has won a $1 million award dubbed “the Nobel Prize for Teaching.” USA Today

In many American classrooms, the effort to teach the new Common Core standards has become intertwined with a growing movement to add more technology into daily lessons. The Hechinger Report

Even in Amish country, where families live simply without technology like television or phones, some Amish children are learning to use these high-tech devices as part of school curriculum, leaving tech companies in competition for their classrooms. PBS NewsHour

School discipline reforms in Texas have helped reduce the number of students charged with crimes for misbehaving in school by as much as 80 percent in just one year, according to data released this month by the Texas Judicial Branch. The Huffington Post

The California State Board of Education last week endorsed the current contractor’s three-year, quarter-billion-dollar bid to continue administering the state’s standardized testing system – but only if it agrees to extensively involve teachers in scoring the parts of the new tests. EdSource

More than a third of teaches leave the profession within their first five years, according to a report last month by the city teachers union. The problem is even more acute in an area like the Bronx’s long-struggling District 9, where there are more new teachers and greater turnover than in most districts. Chalkbeat NY

New standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards have students hunched over computers across Colorado this month — unless their parents opted out because of questions such as whether their kids are spending too much time preparing for them instead of learning. Coloradoan

Students in an Integrated Math I in class in Putnam County, Tennessee are working together to solve math problems in ways that incorporate deeper learning practices. Chalkbeat TN

Technology and digital media continue to represent a powerful pathway for advancing the goals of education, including raising academic achievement and preparing students for college and career, according to a new study released by the Center for Promise.  eSchoolNews

A new multidisciplinary project from the University of Arizona will encourage elementary students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by involving them in research involving their own sleep patterns. THE Journal


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