Artificial Intelligence in K-12: The Right Mix for Learning or a Bad Idea?


Last year, officials at the Montour school district in western Pennsylvania approached band director Cyndi Mancini with an idea: How about using artificial intelligence to teach music?

Mancini was skeptical.

“As soon as I heard AI, I had this panic,” she said. “All I thought about were these crazy robots that can think for themselves.”

There were no robots. Just a web application that uses AI to build original instrumental tracks from a library of prerecorded samples after a user selects a few parameters.

Equipped with Chromebooks, Mancini’s students could program mood and genre, manipulate the tempo or key,

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Today he was supposed to walk at his Yale graduation. He’s watching on a screen.

In this piece, Graham writes about how the pandemic has affected his generation: “For the Class of 2020 — which will undoubtedly be known as the coronavirus class — our college experience will forever be unfinished. A poem without a final stanza.”

Graham, 22, grew up in Washington D.C., and Bethesda, Md., graduating from Sidwell Friends School, where he developed a love for Russian literature after reading the great author Leo Tolstoy. As a Yale freshman, he began learning Russian so he could read Tolstoy in Russian, and he soon developed a more general interest in Russia.

This summer, Graham

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June 2020: Summer passion projects for students

Dear Readers, this will be the last concurrent monthly posting of Kathy’s Katch. Perhaps it will be back in another form at some point. I appreciate the support of Discovery Education, the DEN, and the readers of this blog from its inception in September of 2012. #loveyouall

Back in the day, employees of Google could pitch an idea to their supervisor to be able to take advantage of the “20% Time” program. This program allowed engineers and others to spend 20% of their work time on a project they were passionate about. Many of these projects turned into important components

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6 Classroom Changes Teachers Will Make When Schools Reopen

First Person


Lessons from teaching during the pandemic


Gina Denny

By now, we’ve all read pieces about how COVID-19 is exposing cracks in our educational system, how schools are essentially assigning grades based on resources of family support and technology, and how socioeconomic differences are making a difference in ways they haven’t for a generation or more.

While most educators can see these problems and agree that these stories are necessary, there’s a component missing from the dialogue: What will we do about it once traditional classroom learning resumes? And, since that day appears to be receding for

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College Board changing AP test submission process after complaints of botched online exams

The change came after students taking AP exams in various subjects last week reported having trouble completing their exams, many of them encountering problems submitting answers through the testing platform. The College Board told them their only recourse was to retake the exam in June.

“To protect the security and validity of exams, we’re unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11-15,” the College Board said. “However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.”

That was not likely to satisfy teachers, parents and students who could

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Read both of Obama’s new commencement speeches

Hi, everybody. Congratulations to HBCU class of 2020. Michelle and I are so proud of you.

Graduating from college is a big achievement under any circumstances. And so many of you overcame a lot to get here. You navigated challenging classes, and challenges outside the classroom. Many of you had to stretch to afford tuition. And some of you are the first in your families to reach this milestone.

So even if half of this semester was spent at Zoom University, you’ve earned this moment. You should be very proud. Everybody who supported you along the way is proud of

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How CDC says schools, child-care centers can decide to reopen

The CDC had written extensive guidelines about how various sectors of American life could carefully reopen, but the White House allowed the CDC to release only short “decision trees” in six areas, one of them for schools and another for child-care programs, which you can see below.

The longer guidelines are still being reviewed by the White House, The Post reports. President Trump has repeatedly urged the United States to reopen and mocked calls by experts such as Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to go slowly so as not to spark

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SOS Instructional Strategies for Implementing Human Rights Education with Comprehensive Digital Resources from Speak Truth to Power

Human beings around the world, regardless of age, gender, religion, cultural background, or socioeconomic status, share a set of basic rights and freedoms simply because they are human. Human rights education, at its best, engages and empowers students, helping them to recognize and value their own power in making a difference, as they become the next generation of human rights defenders. 

Speak Truth to Powerfounded by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, introduces students to influential human rights defenders through powerful storytelling and interactive learning to inspire passion and action to end and prevent human rights abuses and

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Trump promised to help Catholic schools. Here are Christians who don’t want him to.

Trump also declared himself the “best [president] in the “history of the Catholic Church,” according to Crux, which quoted from what it said was an audio recording it had obtained of the call. And he promised to keep supporting issues that are important to the Catholic Church, such as opposition to abortion.

Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, have been supporters of expanding alternatives to traditional public schools, especially programs that use public funding for private and religious school education. The first school that Trump visited as president was a Catholic school in Florida in 2017, and he

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