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How this middle school teacher gets students to challenge themselves in math

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. When Salvador Quijada, a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at Philip’s Academy Charter School, thinks back on his own journey as a mathematician, he gives credit to one high school math teacher who pushed him to take on AP calculus. Quijada said his teacher’s belief

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Here’s why anecdotes are as important as data in edtech decisions

Key points: Data is important when evaluating edtech tools, but so are individual experiences Edtech companies and supes should work together to drive real change See related article: 15 questions to ask about communications platforms Get the latest news on edtech policy and funding on eSN’s Educational Leadership page From the moment they first set up shop centuries ago, businesses

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Outdoor classrooms should outlast COVID

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. For me, the smiles in back-to-school photos felt extra forced this year. How can I hold in one hand dystopian headlines about schools — closures for excessive heat, dilapidated buildings with dangerous indoor air quality, shortages of school-based mental health professionals, a worsening mental health emergency — and, in the other, the

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More high school grads are rejecting 4-year pathways

Key points: More than half of surveyed students say they will opt out of the traditional four-year undergraduate path This decision to pursue alternative post-secondary options hints at an evolving postsecondary landscape. See related article: Companies go to high schools for career training For more news on career readiness, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching page page A significant trend is growing

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Companies go to high schools for career training

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. Every now and then, Ayden Corbett has to explain to surprised homeowners what he’s doing in their front yard. Create your Free Account to Continue Reading eSchool News is Free for qualified educators. Sign up or loginto access all our K-12 news and resources. Please confirm your

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Taking a measured look at AI in the classroom

Key points: What if AI can take over mundane tasks and free teachers up for more direct instruction? AI doesn’t just spit out data–it provides real, actionable insights that allow teachers to better help students See related article: The importance of teaching generative AI AI in the classroom: The idea brings up images of students plugged into the Matrix, learning

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As invisible threats to education loom, cybersecurity is paramount

Key points: As COVID-19 swept the nation beginning in 2019, no one knew just how life-altering the pivot to remote work and education would be. Today, we see more and more students and employees alike who are relying on technology to engage with their work and peers than ever before. As with holidays and other unanticipated events, this pivot drew

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I work with struggling readers–here’s what’s standing in their way

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters.” I learned to love reading as a kid, spellbound by wizarding worlds and ghost stories. I wanted to share this love, so I became an intervention teacher, working with struggling readers and special education students.  Kids love reading. I don’t care what think pieces say about screen addiction, children

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How school-home communication combats chronic absenteeism

Key points: Adolescents are in crisis right now. Social media, pandemic isolation, gun violence, and structural racism have formed a perfect storm. It’s been so devastating to teens that the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association together declared a national state of emergency in children’s mental health. CDC data show 42

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ISTE23 Redux—First Takeaways

I’m still digesting all the conversations, sessions, events, and walkabouts from this year’s ISTE in Philadelphia (not to mention the July 4th barbecue in between!) However, specific themes are certainly starting to come together as I look back on my footage and notes and as I begin to read other folks’ commentary online. I’ve already touched upon some of this

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Texting is negatively impacting students’ writing

Key points: “because she wants to have fun” This was an eighth-grade student’s response to a question I posed in a reading response assignment tied to the play, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The question asked was: “Why does Anne hide Peter’s shoes?” Technically, the student is correct–Anne hides Peter’s shoes because she is bored and tired of being cooped

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Esports grows up

This month’s episode of Innovations in Education features James O’Hagan, Vice President of Education Innovation at LeagueSpot. O’Hagan shares his insights on the continued emergence of esports as an integral part of any school’s overall education experience; how student use of tech in esports compliments and clashes with other onscreen activities; and what strategies educators can use to make the

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Advocating for student mental health starts here

Key points: It is imperative for school leaders to understand the dire need for student mental health support Partnering with a care coordination service can help bridge mental health support gaps See related article: Why student and teacher wellness comes first For the last 17 years, I have devoted my career to advocating for comprehensive school counseling programs. This is

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Optoma Unveils the Multiple Award Winning ML1080 and ML1080ST RGB Triple Laser Projectors

ORLANDO, FL, June 14, 2023 – Optoma, the No. 1 4K UHD and DLP® brand worldwide and in the Americas in projection technology,¹ today at InfoComm introduced the Optoma ML1080 and the ML1080ST, first-of-their-kind portable, premium RGB triple laser projectors with a wide BT2020 color gamut normally only available in larger, more costly home theater projectors. The ML1080 has been

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Is AI the future of education?

Key points: AI can optimize the learning experience, the classroom is a delicate ecosystem and changes can have unintended effects AI is the future of work, and students must be prepared for it–and be familiar with it See related article: It’s important to teach generative AI–here’s why Sometime late last year, AI reached an inflection point. Experts have been making

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COVID learning loss likely to linger without intensive work

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for a free weekly newsletter to keep up with how public education is changing. Just as COVID hit some communities much harder than others, schools across the U.S. suffered disparate academic losses in the wake of the pandemic. But new research points to a surprising finding: Students within the same district

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BenQ Sponsors the Undisputed Texas High School Esports State Championship

COSTA MESA, Calif. — BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, sponsored the Undisputed Texas High School Esports State Championship, April 28-29 at the Esports Stadium Arlington. The crowd was up close to the action, thanks to BenQ’s donation of 40 BenQ Board smart boards. Also at the show, BenQ’s esports product line, ZOWIE, showcased its premium gaming

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The Earth Prize 2023 Winners Announcement

On Monday, April 24th, The Earth Foundation held a fully virtual event, The Earth Prize 2023 Awards Ceremony, to announce the winner and runners-up of its USD 200,000 environmental sustainability competition for teenagers. Over 1,270 student teams registered from over 1,000 schools across 116 countries and territories for the 2023 edition of the competition. Team Delavo, made up of four

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Can we make STEM more accessible for girls?

Are girls really underrepresented in STEM? Yes.  In the U.S., the workforce is pretty evenly split between men and women, but in STEM fields men make up 73 percent of the workforce to women’s 27 percent. Why? It’s easy to want to find a well-meaning solution for this disparity, or even to brush it off as unimportant. But achieving a gender parity

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Are you leveling up with esports?

Imagine a new school program that is gender-neutral, inclusive to students with physical disabilities, bolsters school pride through competitive meets and is eligible for full and partial scholarships from over 175 colleges and universities.  You don’t have to be a gamer to see the value that esports (competitive videogaming) could bring to your school. Collegiate varsity esports began in 2014

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How administrators can support teachers with chronic health needs

The world needs its mentors and educators. Teachers are the ones who equip the generations to come with the tools necessary to excel. It’s as simple as the relationship between cause and effect. Without them, society would dwindle, and the forward progress of everything would slow down to a snail’s pace. After all, education is one of the pillars that

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