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News from DA’s FETC

Matt Zalaznick

Educators got a sneak peek at some soon-to-be-released digital translation programs and a wealth of other ed tech tools at the “TechSHARE LIVE Keynote” at FETC. Read more>>

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Steven Blackburn

The “Elementary Digital Tools Sandbox” was a huge service to district leaders and curriculum developers. Many participating vendors also staffed booths throughout the vast Expo Hall, while others focused exclusively on the sandbox event. Read more>>

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Classroom audio and instructional technology creates equitable, engaging and collaborative learning environments, seamlessly integrating into existing teacher lesson plans. Read more>>

Chris Burt

From hardware and games to simply embracing esports in schools, attendees at the Future of Education Technology Conference learn how to make a new program run well. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn

Each station at the “AR MR VR Experience Sandbox” session had a special mission, featuring opportunities to test smartphone apps, cameras, headsets and other devices. Read more>>

From DA

Matt Zalaznick

Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey inspired Klein ISD students to take on a PBL initiative to reduce the severity of similar disasters in the future. Read more>>

Chris Rau, DA guest columnist

A recent district initiative to build STEM skills opened the door for a personal finance class at Lewis Mills High School in Connecticut, says principal and DA guest columnist Chris Rau, who champions the class as a graduation requirement. Read more>>

Steven Blackburn

Districts of Distinction honoree Poway USD created a PD and in-class coaching program that transformed ed tech use. Teachers can be cooking dinner at home at the same time they're helping students in Google Suite. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

Teachers spend about 20% to 40% of their time—or about 13 hours a week—on activities that could be automated using existing technology, according to a new report. Read more>>

Edtech in the News

The Wall Street Journal

Proponents say new technologies are essential in education and can help narrow the achievement gap. But critics worry digital devices are taking time away from teacher-student interaction. And they question how effective technology is in helping students from lower-income families. Read more>>

Vox

New Mexico is suing Google for allegedly invading children’s privacy through educational products it provides to the state’s schools, claiming it tracks students’ activities on their personal devices outside the classroom. Read more>>

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