New Database: Dozens of School Districts Share Their Early Plans for Teaching, Learning and Supports During the Pandemic. Here’s What the Top 12 Systems Are Doing (The 74)

The 74: New Database: Dozens of School Districts Share Their Early Plans for Teaching, Learning and Supports During the Pandemic. Here’s What the Top 12 Systems Are Doing. “…the logistics of getting millions of kids — and also their parents — comfortable with online tools and curricula will be a considerable challenge. So what are districts doing in the face of this unprecedented challenge? A new and evolving public database compiled by the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research center based at the University of Washington Bothell, is capturing specific district-by-district efforts in transitioning to distance efforts.”

Announcing a New Resource for Educators: Greater Good in Education (Greater Good Magazine, Berkeley)

Greater Good Magazine (Berkeley): Announcing a New Resource for Educators: Greater Good in Education. “GGIE offers free, research-based practices for education professionals to help cultivate not just students’ well-being, but their own, as well—and for school leaders to build positive school cultures. Distilling the strategies and practices for the social, emotional, and ethical development of students and the adults who work with them, GGIE synthesizes the top insights and best practices from science, programs, and practitioners.”

CNET: How schools are using kids’ phones to track and surveil them

CNET: How schools are using kids’ phones to track and surveil them. “Teachers often lament that phones can be a distraction in classrooms. Some governments have even banned phones outright in schools. But a few school administrations see phones in schools as a benefit because they can help keep track of students more efficiently.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: New Mexico sues Google over collection of children’s data

San Diego Union-Tribune: New Mexico sues Google over collection of children’s data. “New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families.”

Google Classrooms: trading children’s information for free online services? (The Star)

The Star: Google Classrooms: trading children’s information for free online services?. “Because Google applications are cloud-based — meaning everything you do using a Google service rests on Google’s servers, not on your own computer — they access and collect information from all items our kids create, upload, or receive, including emails, documents, presentations, photos, videos, and audio content. Google also collects data on the search terms children use, how they move their cursors across or interact with pages, the devices they use, their locations, and who their classmates and teachers are.”

The State: Need help finding free preschool for your child? SC has a new website to help

The State: Need help finding free preschool for your child? SC has a new website to help. “Parents who want to find a free pre-kindergarten program for their children — and to see if they are eligible for that assistance — now have an easier way to find out. South Carolina this week formally launched…an online portal to help families find free or subsidized preschool programs.”

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History. “We help cultural heritage institutions scan high school yearbooks. To date we’ve added over 8,200 to DigitalNC. Less than 5% come from African American high schools*…. To highlight the rarity of these yearbooks and to possibly help locate more, we’ve created a list of the names and locations of all of the public African American high schools compiled from the North Carolina Educational Directory around the time that the schools were desegregated.”