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Afternoon announcements: Virtual ‘badges’ may earn students academic credit in Rhode Island

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February 19, 2013 09:16 pm

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The days of looking forward to gym class to get out of classroom learning may be over. Gym classes are beginning to incorporate mathematical concepts, vocabulary and other classroom skills. New York Times

The New York City Education Department has changed its admissions exams into gifted and talented programs to differentiate them from preparedness assessments. Some of the changes may surprise you. New York Times

Teacher protests in Seattle against a state-mandated standardized exam have spread to Portland Public Schools and to students. The Portland Student Union launched an “Opt Out” campaign, encouraging their peers to opt out of taking the controversial assessment. High School Notes

It won’t matter whether you agree with President Obama’s pre-kindergarten proposals or not when you see these pictures of him with young students in a Decatur, Georgia school. Huffington Post

Rhode Island is set to move forward with a groundbreaking initiative that would grant academic credit to students for their online “badges,” or virtual records of skills and achievements. Education Week

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