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More evidence favoring art-based learning of STEM

If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain, we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts.

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VTech expands Go! Go! Smart Wheels

The expansion of VTech's Go! Go! Smart family includes extensions to the Wheels and Animals lines and the new Go! Go! Smart Friends. Infusing technology into play patterns, the expanded product lines feature nearly 75 different playsets, accessories, animals, vehicles and figures.

Techniques for unleashing student work from learning management systems

Helping students become networked learners begins by thinking carefully about where we conduct our online learning. With most online learning, student contributions are usually limited to discussion forums and assignment submissions. A goal is for students to learn to build their own networks of learning resources.

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Illinois district to pilot tech plan with middle schoolers

Some sixth-graders in Indian Prairie School District 204 could be piloting a device-testing plan next school year that would eventually put a computer in the hands of all of the district's nearly 30,000 students.

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Girls Tech Club introduces North Dakota district's students to STEM

A new Grand Forks program was created with the belief that no student should be deterred from a career based on gender stereotypes. Through a series of hands-on activities, eighth-grade girls are introduced to potential math and science careers, and the path they need to get there.

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South Dakota tech schools push for high school contacts

A bill in the state Legislature would give South Dakota technical schools the same opportunity as public universities to market to high school students. If approved, the rule would also give the state's four technical schools access to a directory with contact information for students and parents.

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Federal digital privacy proposal restricts use of student data

Companies that collect student data would be barred from using or selling it for anything other than educational purposes, under a law proposed in January. It would also prevent companies from using data to target advertising to students.

Large online literacy achievement gap exists, study finds

Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study.

N.D. bill limiting K12 data collection draws resistance, support

Education, health and law enforcement officials voiced concerns about a bill that would limit the collection and sharing of student data, saying it could threaten practices ranging from gathering information on registered sex offenders to identifying students on the honor roll.

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San Antonio-area school dominates in robotics

Small and largely out of the way, Texas' Natalia High School is quietly developing a reputation as a top center for learning a decidedly 21st Century discipline: robotics. The high school, which has 315 students, will be represented for the seventh straight year at the Texas Computer Education Association state robotics championship in May.

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