Trump tweets schools should open ‘ASAP.] Here are some responses.

Shortly before Trump tweeted, Steve Hilton of Fox News happened to be talking about that very subject, urging schools to reopen “schools now before you do even more needless damage.” He said wearing masks was “fine” but compulsory temperature checks were “unscientific nonsense” and “totally pointless,” and social distancing rules were “over-prescriptive” and “arbitrary.”

Trump has been pushing the country to reopen swiftly despite warnings by health and infectious disease specialists that the novel coronavirus is still spreading in many areas. School districts around the country are making plans for the 2020-21 school year that will depend on the state

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Level-Up Summer Learning for Students and Teachers with Hands-On STEM Activities and Professional Development Resources from Siemens STEM Day

As summer approaches, many families are in search of supplemental virtual resources to support continued learning over the summer. Likewise, many educators are faced with the need to adjust their professional development plans for the summer to more virtual experiences.  Siemens STEM Day, developed in partnership with The Siemens Foundation, can help with both!

An Extensive Library of Standards-Aligned Activities

If you are looking for hands-on STEM activities for students in K-12 in science, technology, engineering, math, healthcare, energy or IT, the Siemens STEM Day activity database has you covered, with more than 160 STEM activities. The database is

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Here’s the CDC’s detailed guidance on reopening college

As with the schools/camp guidance, this is detailed, but worth reading to see the level of care CDC experts want school officials to consider before reopening campuses.

Last week, the CDC released short “decision trees” for schools and day care, camps, restaurants and bars, the workplace, mass transit and communities, but held off on this more detailed version because the White House was reviewing them. The CDC later published the extensive set of guidelines on its website without announcing the move even as President Trump continued to urge the quick reopening of America.

Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education


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Help Families Engage Students in Critical STEM Learning with Fun, Hands-on Experiment Videos Featuring 3M Scientists

As educators, parents and students around the world strive to adapt to the new normal, the availability of quality resources to help families continue to support virtual learning is a primary focus. A long-time Discovery Education partner, 3M is committed to helping teachers and students as they adapt to a new way of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In partnership with the Bakken Museum and Discovery Education, 3M has developed Science at Home, a series of fun and educational at-home science experiments for students ages 6-12. 

Conducted on video by real 3M scientists in their homes

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Crowding and the Coronavirus: By the Numbers – Inside School Research

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Can we stop telling kids how little they are learning?

This post takes a very different, unusual look at that dynamic. It was written by Rachael Gabriel, an associate professor of literacy education at the University of Connecticut. She has written or edited five books for literacy teachers, leaders and education researchers, as well as numerous articles, and teaches courses for educators and doctoral students pursuing specialization in literacy.

By Rachael Gabriel

Since schools shut down, students have been called the “hobbled” generation and the “covid class.” They have been told they have or will experience covid-related slides, losses, gaps and other deficiencies that are “disastrous.” They have

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How Educators Can Use Artificial Intelligence as a Teaching Tool


Deb Norton spends her days helping teachers in Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Area school district get more comfortable with technology tools they’re using to engage students. A few years ago, she started seeing increasing mentions of artificial intelligence. Around then, the International Society for Technology in Education asked her to lead a course on the uses of artificial intelligence in the K-12 classroom.

She was initially intrigued when she saw students light up at the mention of artificial intelligence. It soon became clear to her that they were already experiencing AI in their daily lives, with tools like Instagram filters or

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