Advanced Television: BBC opening digital archive for formal education. “Next year, the entire digitised BBC broadcast archive is being made available to students in formal education in the UK. It includes millions of TV and Radio programmes, including interviews and features with almost every major cultural, artistic, political and sporting figure of the last 100 years, as well as iconic dramas and landmark comedy programmes.”
WSB-TV: Nearly 30 Georgia teachers, staff lost to COVID-19 since start of school year. “More than two dozen Georgia teachers and staff members have died of COVID-19 since the start of the school year in July, Channel 2 Action News can confirm. The youngest was just 24 years old. They were teachers and coaches. They were bus drivers and school resource officers. They were administrative assistants and day care teachers. They were lunchroom managers and education specialists.”
UConn Today: New Website Developed By Neag School Will Assist High School History Teachers. “Connecticut is the first state in the nation to mandate that all of its high schools offer an elective class on Black and Latinx history. These classes must be taught by the fall of 2022, but many high schools have added them to the curriculum this year. Alan Marcus, a professor of curriculum and instruction in UConn’s Neag School of Education, has led a team that developed a website to assist high school teachers with the instruction of this course.” I took a quick look and didn’t see anything that was state-specific.
Indiana University Kokomo: Sociology professors study podcasts as teaching tool. “Jamie Oslawski-Lopez, assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University Kokomo, teamed up with Gregory Kordsmeier, dean of the School of Social Sciences and associate professor of sociology at IU Southeast, for a research study about use of podcasts in their classrooms. Their findings, along with best practices for using podcasts as instructional material, will be published in the October 2021 Teaching Sociology, a top-tier research journal focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning in sociology.”
Multilingual Learning Toolkit: A free resource for teachers to improve language equity in classrooms (ABC 10)
ABC 10: Multilingual Learning Toolkit: A free resource for teachers to improve language equity in classrooms. “The California Department of Education has recognized that many students bring to school a vital cultural heritage, values, and the ability to communicate in their home language. In a move to address language barriers in education, a new Multilingual Learning Toolkit is available as an additional resource for teachers who serve Pre-K through 3rd graders. It’s a free online portal featuring a vetted selection of resources and best practices, specifically for educators, administrators, and faculty members whose work supports young Multilingual Learners.” I took a quick look. California education is mentioned and referred to several times, but the resources as a whole don’t seem to be California-centered.
NBC Miami: Mentor to Young Men Among 15 MDCPS Staff to Die of COVID in Ten Days. “Fifteen staff members in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District have died from COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Sonia Diaz, a spokesperson for several unions in the school district, confirmed the number of deaths to NBC 6. Miami-Dade County Public Schools resumed classes on Aug. 23, and it’s unknown when the employees contracted COVID-19.”
Waco Tribune-Herald: Connally Junior High to close after second teacher dies of COVID-19. “Connally Independent School District is mourning the second Connally Junior High death from COVID-19 in one week and is closing the campus for the rest of the week starting Tuesday. Natalia Chansler, a sixth-grade social studies teacher who had joined the district in the 2020-21 school year, died on Saturday, said Jill Bottelberghe, assistant superintendent of human resources….David McCormick, 59, died on Aug. 24 of COVID-19. He was the seventh-grade social studies teacher and was last on campus on Aug. 18.”
Bellingham Herald: Teacher who posted meme comparing mask opponents and KKK placed on leave in Nebraska
Bellingham Herald: Teacher who posted meme comparing mask opponents and KKK placed on leave in Nebraska. “A teacher who posted a meme on Facebook comparing mask critics to Ku Klux Klansmen has been placed on administrative leave by her Nebraska school district.”
Smithsonian: Smithsonian To Host First Annual Educator’s Day. “The Smithsonian will host its first annual Educator’s Day Friday, Sept. 17. The free full-day virtual event will bring together museum educators and teachers from across the country to explore opportunities to collaborate, learn from one another and discuss the future of education. The day will include plenary sessions and more than 30 breakout sessions between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Pre-K–12 teachers across the country are invited to participate in this inaugural event.”
Washington Post: A Calif. elementary school teacher took off her mask for a read-aloud. Within days, half her class was positive for delta.
Washington Post: A Calif. elementary school teacher took off her mask for a read-aloud. Within days, half her class was positive for delta.. “The Marin County, Calif., elementary school had been conscientious about following covid-19 protocols. Masks were required indoors, desks were spaced six feet apart, and the students kept socially distant. But the delta variant found an opening anyway. On May 19, one teacher, who was not vaccinated against the coronavirus, began feeling fatigued and had some nasal congestion. She dismissed it as allergies and powered through. While she was usually masked, she made an exception for story time so she could read to the class. By the time she learned she was positive for the coronavirus two days later, half her class of 24 had been infected — nearly all of them in the two rows closest to her desk — and the outbreak had spread to other […]
ZDNet: Microsoft Teams: Now teachers can monitor students’ reading fluency with AI. “Microsoft has rolled out Reading Progress, a free education tool for Teams that gives teachers artificial intelligence (AI) estimations of student performance and errors when reading text.”
National Education Association: NEA announces support for educator vaccine and testing requirement. “National Education Association President Becky Pringle issued the following statement today announcing NEA’s support for requirements that all educators receive a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to regular COVID-19 testing.”
Walden University: Walden University Creates AI-powered Tutor Built with Google Cloud. “Walden University is spearheading a dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) tool that helps students reinforce their learning through practice. The Walden AI-powered tutor, named Julian™, is built with Google Cloud’s AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities, driving personalized experiences and knowledge mastery through various educational engagement activities.”
University of Illinois: UIC websites offer early science and math resources for teachers of young children
New-to-me, from University of Illinois: UIC websites offer early science and math resources for teachers of young children. “The Early Math Counts website, which began in 2012 with grants from the CME Group Foundation, is a suite of free-access online resources focusing on early math for child care teachers. The site is frequented by thousands of monthly users.”