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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorDespite all the drama in Washington, Congress actually continued to work on real issues. On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed its Perkins reauthorization bill, H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The markup process proceeded smoothly and only a few changes were made to the introduced version of the bill through amendments. The bill was approved by unanimous voice vote. It's now up to the Senate and there is no set timeline in place for any Senate action.

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Voice from the Field

Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA The School Superintendents AssociationHow Technology is Revolutionizing Education

The days when a class of students marched into the school’s computer room to spend an hour on a desktop machine learning how to use a spreadsheet are just about over. Today you are more likely to walk into a classroom and see students, each with a tablet, scattered about, working independently or in small groups, on assignments designed to meet their individual needs.

Technology is enabling the growth of personalized learning and thus the transformation of education as we have known it for generations. This is how:

  • How schools are organized
  • The school calendar and seat time requirements
  • What a textbook is
  • How students can learn at their own pace

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamWe made it to Friday, folks. It has been a busy and productive week here, and I hope it has been for you as well! Most of our local schools will be closing out the school year over the next week, and you know what that means: summer! The sun is shining, the beaches will soon be crowded, and your commute times will be a little easier without the school zones. Before you head out today, be sure to catch this week's scoops....

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Secretary DeVos Announces All Spring State ESSA Plan Submissions Complete, Ready for Peer Review

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that all state plans submitted for the spring deadline by 16 states and the District of Columbia under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were found to be complete and ready for peer review. The state plans will now proceed to the staff and peer review process, through which experts and stakeholders will examine them to ensure they comply with the standards established in ESSA.

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New Study: Nearly Half of Millennials Struggle With News Literacy and Critical Thinking

The ability to identify fake news and other false information has never been more important. That makes critical thinking skills a must – yet according to new national study from edtech firm MindEdge Learning, millennials struggle in this area. The study probed the attitudes of 1,000 millennials who are currently in college or are recent graduates. The goal of the research was to evaluate this group's critical thinking skills and determine whether they're able to separate fake news from factual information. The results were not promising: 44 percent of respondents received a relative 'F' when it comes to these skills.

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