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edition 48 | 07-07-17

In the UK

Online safety: Internet 'not designed for children'

Youngsters are not prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet, and are frequently giving personal information away, according to the Children's Commissioner for England.

Schools issue Snapchat Map warning

Schools are warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk.

Millions of children in England living in potential danger, children's commissioner warns

Collating figures on children deemed to be ‘vulnerable’ for a host of reasons, children’s commissioner Anne Longfield warns countless more could have ‘fallen through the cracks’ of local authorities.

Councils call for say in schools funding to protect children with special needs

Children with special educational needs could lose out under government plans for a national funding formula for schools if there is no local input into education funding priorities, councils have warned.

KS2 results confirm children are capable of rising to the challenge of tougher exams

This year’s KS2 results show that teachers and pupils are rising to the challenge of the new, more rigorous national curriculum tests. Nationally, 61 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard in the three Rs, up from 53 per cent last year.

In the US

9 fast facts about teachers’ classroom challenges

Surveys and data reveal that teachers face a seemingly endless number of challenges in the classroom, from short staffing to financial shortfalls.

Is teacher buy-in worth the effort?

When it comes to technology and innovation, how important is teacher buy-in for learning success?

Why this IT function is a K-12 edtech savior

K-12 IT teams have many challenges, including typically locally-funded public schools, and very rarely do IT budgets increase. Changes in educational approaches, and the demands of parents and tech-savvy students, mean that schools are hard-pressed to adopt cutting-edge new technologies.

I finally found a way to get students talking in class: Teach it online

Bill Bergman taught digital marketing to students at the University of Richmond Robins School of Business. He found giving them the opportunity to communicate digitally, they would unleash a freedom of expression that has been fading from the higher-education classroom in recent years.

Charter schools could get $96M in capital aid from Florida school districts next year

Florida’s 650 charter schools could see as much as an extra $96.3 million coming their way in 2017-18, thanks to a controversial provision in a sweeping education bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law that forces school districts to hand over some of their local tax dollars.

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