The Chattanoogan: NFHS Offers Free Online COVID-19 Informational Courses For Coaches And Administrators. “The COVID 19 pandemic presents a myriad of challenges to high school athletic and activity programs. To help address some of those challenges, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has developed a new free online course ‘COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators.’ The course includes information from the ‘Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities’ document that was released by the NFHS in May for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in restarting high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation.”
The 74: WATCH: In This Age of Social Distancing, Class of 2020 Graduations Go Virtual, Mobile and Robotic. “For the roughly 3.7 million seniors in the Class of 2020 spread across more than 24,000 high schools in the United States, graduation ceremonies this spring won’t resemble anything near traditional. What they will look like, though, will run the gamut from drive-in movie-style celebrations to livestreamed commencement exercises to pre-recorded snippets pieced together and viewed online. And they will all come with the same goal: honoring students and creating memories.”
CNET: YouTube’s virtual graduation will include Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga. “Not to be outdone by John Krasinski’s star-studded virtual graduation, YouTube is holding one of its own on June 6, for people whose celebrations have been stopped by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Dear Class of 2020’ plans to feature Barack and Michelle Obama, BTS and Lady Gaga, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and activist Malala Yousafzai.”
New York Times: Oprah to Headline Facebook, Instagram Graduation Event. “Oprah will be the commencement speaker and Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X and Simone Biles will offer words of wisdom to the Class of 2020 in a multi-hour graduation streaming event on Facebook and Instagram on May 15.”
CBS News: Have you shared your old senior photo on Facebook? Hackers may be using your post against you.. “A seemingly innocent new Facebook trend has been increasingly popping up on news feeds — people sharing their old high school senior photos in support of the class of 2020. But those nostalgic posts could make users more susceptible to hackers trying to break into their online accounts, among other security issues.”
Arizona State University: New Partnership to Provide Statewide Online Coding Curriculum. “The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center announced a partnership program to provide a statewide online coding curriculum starting with the fall 2020 semester.”
New York Times: High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings. “On the wall of a classroom that is home to the West Orange High School TikTok club, large loopy words are scrawled across a whiteboard: ‘Wanna be TikTok famous? Join TikTok club.’ It’s working. “There’s a lot of TikTok-famous kids at our school,” said Amanda DiCastro, who is 14 and a freshman. “Probably 20 people have gotten famous off random things.””
DigitalNC: Over one hundred more issues of the Greensboro High School newspaper are online now. “Thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum, DigitalNC is proud to announce more digitized issues of Greensboro High School’s (now Grimsley High School) student newspaper, High Life. This addition covers 1921 to 1939, which precedes the issues that had already been available from 1940 to 1978.”
CNET: Twitter makes students dumb, study finds. “Using Twitter to teach literature is producing lower test scores, a study has found, especially for usually high-performing students. Performance on a standardized test score was reduced by between 25% and 40% of a standard deviation, the paper (PDF) published this month said.” I admit I’m pretty surprised by this.
Engadget: Adidas will livestream high school football games on Twitter. “Adidas has partnered with Twitter on a new series that will livestream high school football games happening all over the country on the social network. Titled, naturally, Friday Night Stripes, the show will broadcast friday night games throughout the sport’s regular season from September 7th until November 9th.”
CBS Local Boston: Mass. High School Yearbooks Now Available Online. “The high school yearbook is a rite of passage, a remembrance of days gone by, for better or for worse. Now, thanks to the Boston Public Library, thousands of yearbooks from Massachusetts high schools are available, online.”
Edmonds Community College: New online open source library provides access to manufacturing tools, materials. “A new online open source library provides teachers and students with access to in-demand resources on manufacturing tools and materials…. The Hub features over 600 open source resources for teachers and students, who can search under topics such as design; synthesis; processing; testing/characterization; structure; mechanical, electronic, optical, and physical properties; and applications. Search results can also be filtered by age group/educational level (from K-5 to college), principal material, completion time, and material format (video, lab, lecture, and more).”
DigitalNC: UNC School of the Arts yearbooks are here. “Yearbooks from our partner, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, are now up on DigitalNC. These yearbooks span the years 1972 to 2016. Located in Winston-Salem, the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) is an arts conservatory that is part of the University of North Carolina public university system and serves high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. These yearbooks pertain specifically to high school program at UNSCA.”
Wired: AI Is Making It Extremely Easy for Students to Cheat. “Denise Garcia knows that her students sometimes cheat, but the situation she unearthed in February seemed different. A math teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut, Garcia had accidentally included an advanced equation in a problem set for her AP Calculus class. Yet somehow a handful of students in the 15-person class solved it correctly. Those students had also shown their work, defeating the traditional litmus test for sussing out cheating in STEM classrooms.” Good article, kinda dumb headline.
CBS 19: BamaWorks grant to help build database of Jefferson school students. “A grant will help the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center create a database of students who attended Jefferson high School…. The project proposal aims to create a database from yearbooks from the school that date between 1940 and 1951.”