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  • Amazon, Google make big edtech announcements that could impact your classroom this fall

    Amazon, Google make big edtech announcements that could impact your classroom this fall

    School technology resources are front and center in the news this week, as thousands of educators gather in Denver for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. Amazon and Google have made big announcements that may impact you in the classroom beginning this fall.
  • With more testing and less play, kindergarten has changed dramatically since 1998

    With more testing and less play, kindergarten has changed dramatically since 1998

    This study finds that kindergarten has changed dramatically since 1998, which was before No Child Left Behind became law. Two examples: (1) In 1998, 31 percent of teachers believed their students should learn to read during the kindergarten year. That figure jumped to 80 percent by 2010. (2) The percentage of teachers who reported offering music every day in kindergarten dropped by half, from 34 percent to 16 percent.
  • Muslim students speak out on how they are maligned and misunderstood – NEA Today

    Muslim students speak out on how they are maligned and misunderstood – NEA Today

    “It’s scary, unfair, and weird how we are in the year 2016 and people are allowed to be so openly biased and hateful,” says Mohamed Omar, 18, a senior at San Francisco’s Raul Wallenberg High School. “People look at us in a damning way, they have this image of us that’s hard to change."
  • Early childhood teachers often earn poverty wages, report says

    Early childhood teachers often earn poverty wages, report says

    In some places, early childhood teachers are paid less than fast-food workers, NPR says in a blog by Elissa Nadworny. Citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, she says preschool teachers, on average, were making $28,570 in 2015, which is a little more than half of the $51,640 that kindergarten teachers were making. In six states (Arizona, Idaho, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin), she writes, preschool teachers earned less than $24,000 — a salary below the 2015 poverty threshold for a family of four.