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PLANTING THE SEEDS OF STEM—Students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute grow plants treated with fertilizer created in the school’s own aquaponic lab.

Fertilizing “floating” plants with nitrogen-rich fish feces provides real-life chemistry, biology and engineering lessons to high school students working in Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s aquaponic laboratory.

BUILDING A BETTER VEST—Students at Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Multi-Magnet school engineer bulletproof vests as part  of a project-based curriculum.

Real-world passion projects inspired magnet school students in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to design sturdier bulletproof vests and faster sails, among other innovations.

Going digital is easier and much cheaper than printing the old school newspaper, and it lets student journalists reach more readers.

Aided by social media, these budding reporters have also been making impacts beyond their communities.

For example, in April 2017 a Kansas high school principal had to resign after the school’s student journalists questioned her education credentials and the story went viral.

Tracking: EDU—Education Agency Website Security and Privacy Practices, EdTech Strategies, DAmag.me/tredu

 More than half of state departments of education lack key security and privacy protections for users, according to a recent state-by-state survey by EdTech Strategies, a technology consulting firm. 

12 states offer no HTTPS—or secure site—support

3 states have errors in certificates that guarantee website connection security


Link to main story: Real-world projects guide magnet school students

The Valley Day School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a special education school, has introduced augmented reality to enhance students’ social asset and science curriculum learning as well as to offset high frustration levels and emotional outbursts.

Tech time in schools.

Technology can be used to accelerate language development for ELLs, according to a recent study by Bernadette Musetti, associate professor of Liberal Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

HANDS-ON TECH—Students at Paulding County High School use high-tech equipment in peer-reviewed research projects as part of their biotech learning pathway.

In Georgia, students in Paulding County High School’s biotechnology career pathway program use atomic absorption spectrometers, lectroporators, nano-injectors, micro-manipulators and other advanced equipment.

MOBILE PLATFORM—La Joya ISD’s new mobile tech lab brings ed tech and internet access to low-income students in rural areas.

A custom-made mobile tech lab brings tech and internet access to the neighborhoods of low-income students in La Joya ISD (7,000 students) on Texas’ Mexican border.

A project by the University of Wyoming allows college students to fine-tune their teaching skills with a roomful of virtual students animated by an actor.

As the internet and social media become entrenched in classrooms, more schools teach students how to behave responsibly online and how to gauge the credibility of the web’s resources.

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